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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 08, 2015
minivan rental  (1 Answer)

We are 8 adults travelling from Recife to Salvador in July 2016.
We are looking to rent a minivan, if possible with driver. Any tips?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2013
Recife to Natal - hire a driver  (1 Answer)

How much would it cost to hire a driver (with car) for one day to take us from Recife to Natal and back again for a World Cup game? The car doesn't need to be particularly nice

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2013
Travel to Recife in October 2013

Is anyone travelling to Recife during October for Recifolia ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2013
I broke my friends gift and need to replace it!  (6 Answers)

Where can I find a ornate machete with like animal skull head w jutting teeth on the handle in a elaborate sheath. It looks like its made of ceramic and wood with rocks, marbles for eyes on a face. The blade says Tramontina Brasil and the sheath is stamped Cecero Recife. I broke it and it was a prized gift from an Uncle to a teenager. I've been searching for days. Any advice? Thank you! Julie

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2013
Where to rent a car? (@Recife Airport)  (1 Answer)


I will be arriving in Recife on the 3th of august. I want to rent a car to travel up North (or South) to explore. I have no plans but love the freedom of having a car.

I can't seem to find a rental company that looks trustworthy enough. I need unlimited mileage, pick up or meet&greet at the airport and good insurance. Does anyone have experience with rentals at Recife Airport? I could really use some help here! (And advice on places to drive to also never hurts! ;)

Thanks guys! Greetings

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2013
Water & Food  (7 Answers)

i will spend 2 weeks in Refice pretty much by myself.. Is it "safe" to drink the water and eat in Recife or should i be careful? Dos and dont in regards to eating and drinking in restaurants etc

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2013
Recife Synagogue  (2 Answers)

How can we gain admittance into the Synagogue in Recife?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2012
Cruise Port to Natal Attractions  (1 Answer)

What is the distance from the Cruise Ship Port to the main attractions in Recife, can one walk safely if not a long distance or best to take a taxi.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2012
solo;pes Recommended Roberto  (2 Answers)

solopes recommended a driver named "Seu" Roberto for the city of Recife, but I don't see any contact info...unless it is the number +558 191 020 402??

Does Roberto have an email address?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2012
Recife/Olinda  (3 Answers)

I will be staying about a day and a half in Recife. My hotel is in Boa Viagem and the same amount of time in Olinda. Any recommendations on where to eat (I love the world of food) and what to see and do in a limited amount of time. I love to walk as long as it is safe. Thanks for any recommendations.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 19, 2011
From Recife to Olinda  (3 Answers)

Hello all,

I am glad to find this forum!
Can one go from Recife to Olinda by taxi? If so, how much (approximately) is it? How long does it take?
Also, was the exchange currency a simple process? Where did you find the best current rate?

Thanks for any suggestions and insights!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 25, 2010
New year´s eve  (6 Answers)

my husband and I will be arriving in Recife on december 31st around 10:30pm and we´ll stay only till the next day night. We´ll have around 24 hours and we´re wondering if there´s anything we can do during our stay. does anybody know about some place to go and celebrate the new year? or should we count on animation on the streets? Do you think it will be easy to find a place to have a meal? and on the 1st january is everything closed? we are pretty clueless about this short trip (work trip for my husband). We would love to have some kind of animation that night and yet we would like to visit old recife and maybe olinda but consedering it will be the 1st, maybe we will be stucked in the hotel...
any suggestions are wellcome!
Thank you, Tânia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 07, 2010
Visiting Olinda and Tamandaré  (4 Answers)

We will be visiting Olinda and Tamandaré beaches next february 2011 and I would appreciate any help or recommendation of pousadas or hotels for a small/medium budget. We will have no car so i guess it´s important to be near town center in both places. We will stay in Olinda only for a couple of days and we will expend about 10 days in tamandaré. Thanks in advance for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 07, 2010
Visiting Recife and Tamandare  (2 Answers)

We will be visiting Recife/Olinda for three days in December then we will be renting a car and spending a week in Tamandare. We want to explore and sightsee to Porto de Galinhas and other beach towns south of Recife. I am wondering how the road conditions are to Tamandare. It looks like a short 50 miles but I am wondering also should we take the main highway 101BR then PE 073 or 101BR to PE060? How is PE 060? Any help will be very appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2010
Taxi driver  (3 Answers)

Salopes recommended a taxi driver in Recife. Can you give me an idea of the cost for a day's hire, please.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2009
bus to Salvador  (2 Answers)

We are two girls thinking of going by bus to Salvador from recife on 11/12th Feb 2010 for the Salvador carnival ( that starts on the 11th)
Does anyone know if this is possible (11th is a Thursday)
We arrive in Recife onthe 8th so can't book until then. Do you think this is leaving it too late & it will be difficult to get a seat because of carnival. Also does anyone know how much it is, how long it takes or if you can prebook on line at all!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2009
English speaking, safe driver for this Friday?  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know of a reliable, safe and English speaking driver to pick me up at Recife airport early Friday morning and take a leisurely (long) drive up the coast to Natal? May want to stop from time to time along the way. Thanks....

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2009
Social groups for young people in Recife?  (1 Answer)

Hi there,

My sister is an American graduate student staying in Recife for another four months (she's studying Art History there), and I'm trying to find ways for her to engage in more social activities. It would be wonderful if there were some sort of social group that she could do fun things with. She's 31, and speaks extremely good Portuguese.

If any of you have any tips for us, please let me know!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 29, 2008
July 2009 in NE Brasil  (6 Answers)

Oi gente! I am thinking about a trip to BR in July for about 4 weeks. I am a single female traveler and I speak Portuguese and I haven't been to the NE in over 20 years. I am wondering what cities/locations I should check out, cheap places to stay, etc. I love the pics of the ceramics factory/gallery - very cool!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 06, 2008
Travel to Recife/Porto de Galinhas  (2 Answers)

Hi,I'll be travelleling to Recife/Porto de Galinhas in November with my family, including my 4 year old son. I'd love to recive some recommendations to what to see and do in the area besides going to the different beaches:) Thanks a lot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2008
volunteering in Recife with children  (1 Answer)

Hey Guys,
I am looking to do about a months volunteering in Recife july/august time! I have found what i am looking for with both 'volunteer brazil' and 'volunteerabroad'! 'Volunteering Brazil i believe works out cheaper but i would really appreciate any advice or info on either organisation!! I will intially be traveling by myself so i am keen to know about any safety issues, reliability of the organisations etc!! any information would be really appreciated!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2008
Good news about shuttle...  (6 Answers)

The tour company will pick us up at the port!!! That is great news.

The next piece of news that they had for us...they will not drive us up the hill to Olinda. The tour says Recife/Olinda....

My question is.....does anyone know how steep or long this 'hill' is? Do you think we can walk up.

It seems very strange and we've asked the tour director exactly what they mean by this.

I thought I'd ask all you friendly, helpful folks.

Thank you,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2007
Hotel close to the cruise port  (4 Answers)

Hello...we are arriving by cruise ship into Recife in March. Our tour, through Viator, will not pick us up at the port...only at a hotel. Could someone tell me what the closet hotel to the cruise port would be?

Thank you so much.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2007
Bus from Recife to Natal  (2 Answers)

My friends and i need to get a bus from Recife to Natal from Jan 19 2008 and have to arrive by Jan 30 2008. I was wondering if anyone knows how long this will take, how much it will cost and if we should pre book or just any good information?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2007
Will I need a car?  (3 Answers)

I've been discussing a possible job in the Boa Viagem area of Recife. I've heard that Boa Viagem is one of the nicest areas of the city and that the city in general is very close to the ocean. One thing I'm concerned about is transportation. How feasible is it to live in Boa Viagem ithout a car? In other words, how expensive are taxis? And how extensive is the bus service? I imagine that during the week I'll be staying in Boa Viagem but on the weekends I'll want to do some exploring. Is there train service to other cities?

I've been living in Taiwan the past year and the main mode of transportation is 125 cc scooters. Would something like this be practical in Brazil?

Thanks very much for any help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2007
How to get to Rio from Porto de Galinhas  (3 Answers)

Hi! I am planning to go to Porto de Galinhas, near Recife in March and would also like to visit Rio for couple of days during my stay. Which is the fastest and the cheapest way to get to Rio from eather Recife or Porto de Galinhas.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2006
Flight from Recife to Lima, Peru  (3 Answers)

Hello, I want to book a cheap flight from Recife to Lima, but I don't know where to start. has anyone got any ideas? I havent got much money and I am on a tight budget, any helpp will be greatly appreciated. Thankyou

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2006
Buying an plane ticket out of Brazil  (2 Answers)

Would anyone know if it's possible for me to buy a plane ticket out of Brazil (to Portugal) while still in the US but through a Brazilian travel agencey? If so, can you recommend a travel agency in Recife that may be able to help me orgaanize that?

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2006
Volunteer opportunities  (1 Answer)


I will be travelling to Recife in the new year and would like to connect with organizations that are working on social justice or development issues and are open to and are in need of volunteers. Does anyone have information for me?

For further context I have a social science and counselling background and am also a leadership and life coach. I can offer this knowledge and skill set but am also interested in just being there and helping out in anyway that's needed.

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2006
Information for exchange members?  (2 Answers)

Our Rotary district has entered into an exchage with the Brazilian district around around Recife. This will take place about a year from now and members have yet to be selected. There is no doubt that they will receive the best of attention from their Rotary hosts.

I was just wondering if there might be something that they should see or do not on the normal agenda to experience the local culture, economy, etc.

I have discovered here that some of the best information comes from people that have only visited there. Having lived in a place all their lives, the locals don't always appreciate it.

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