UnderstandFor a Brazilian capital this size (about 300 000), Boa Vista is remarkably quiet. Judging by the number of evangelical churces, Jesus has his equatoria stronghold here. Despite being more than 100 years old, the city has the aspects of a planned capital, with wide modern streets and traffic circles. Historical references are difficult to find.
TAM and Gol operate to all large Brazilian airports, mostly via Manaus and/or Brasília. Locally based Meta have more regional destinations, and also crosses the border into Suriname and Guyana. The 10-minute cab ride from the airport to the centre runs at fixed 30 reais.
Boa Vista has 3 daily bus connections to Manaus by way of Presidente Figueiredo(11 hours, 170R$) by Eucatur. This includes an en route passport screen by the Federal Police. Also buses to deep into Venezuela. Four daily buses to Bonfim and the border with Guyana 20R$, 2hrs If crossing the border, do not get off in Bonfim, the bus will continue to the border.
Most sights are within walking distance from the central hotels. Buses pass by the terminal urbano in the center. Taxis marked lotação are slightly more expensive than buses, but run faster, and can also deviate somewhat from their routes for an extra fee. They operate as shared taxis for 3.4 Reals per person. Regular cabs run on metres, but might insist on fixed prices to the bus station and airport.
Stores generally close early on Saturday and remain closed on Sunday.
Hotels are spread out between the centre and the bus station.
Internet is painfully slow.
There are currently (2019) many Venezuelan refugees in Via Vista with camps set up near the inter/national bus station. Be conscious of the situation there and weary of making yourself a target.
For those interested in withdrawing USD before crossing to Venezuela: There are no ATMs with USD currency also the exchange rate Reals to USD in cambios is very weak. The best option is to withdraw Reals in Boa Vista and change them to Bolívares at the border as the exchange rate is better (as 100 Bolívares is the highest note in venezuela expect to get at least 600 notes for 100 usd). Be aware of daily withdrawal limit for foreign VISA cards in brazilian ATMS.
Crossing Borders with Venezuela
There is one morning 7am bus for 22 Reals leaving from Terminal International to Pacaraima- border town. The other option is to take a shared taxi. The shared taxis leave from Terminal Coimbe usually in the morning hours (7-10am) and charge 30-35 Reals per person.
Four daily buses (7:00, 10:30, 14:00, 16:30) to Bonfim and the border with Guyana 20R$, 2hrs. If crossing the border, do not get off in Bonfim, the bus will continue to the border.