Discover Ceará

Discover Ceará

"Traveling allows you to see and experience new ways of living"

 

Ceará is a federal state in the north-east of Brazil. With a length of 573 km it has one of the longest coastlines in Brazil, where dunes, mangroves and the freshwater lagoons called Restinga predominate. This is followed in the hinterland by the Caatinga ( white forest), a semi-desert with thornbush vegetation. The largest river is the Rio Jaguaribe, more than 600 km long, whose catchment area covers more than half of the national territory.

The state is home to two national parks. Of particular note is the Parque Nacional de Jericoacoara, which covers an area of 62.95 km². It was opened on 23 September 2002 to protect the unique shifting dune fields of Jericoacoara and Cruz, as well as their fauna and flora.

and Brazil's smallest national park (563 hectares), Ubajara National Park. It looks like a green island in the Caatinga semi-desert. The most important attraction of this nature reserve is a stalactite cave.

CEARÁ

 

Fortaleza

Fortaleza, is the capital of Ceará with over 2.5 million inhabitants. Fortaleza is the fifth largest city in Brazil and is almost on the equator. The longest Brazilian BR-116 motorway begins in Fortaleza, which lies directly on the north-east coast and has a 25 km long sandy beach. While the beaches in the centre are best suited for a lively nightlife and romantic walks, the beaches further outside with fine sand, crystal clear water and coconut palms invite you to swim.

The beaches of Iracema, Meireles and Mucuripe are located on Avenida Beira-Mar in the centre of Fortaleza and are not typical beaches. The beaches of Fortaleza are ideal for long walks on the beach or sunbathing. In the many beach stalls, the so-called barracas, and the surrounding restaurants you can taste Brazilian delicacies and the ubiquitous caipirinhas.

Iracema Beach (Prais de Iracema) is located south of the city centre and is named after the protagonist of José de Alencar's famous novel of the same name. Iracema, the "mother of the Brazilian people", was also erected a monument on this beach.

Praia do Futuro, very popular with the Fortalezeners (port. fortalezence) is about 7km from the city centre and has become famous for its barracas (beach restaurants).

Mucuripe is the beach of the Jangadas and nowhere else is there such a large number of these traditional wooden rafts as in Fortaleza. They are still used by the fishermen ( the Jangadiros) for fishing.

Meireles (Praia de Meireiles) and the Avenida Beira Mar, the most famous beach promenade is considered Fortaleza's tourist stronghold and is the best address for beach walks. Here are most of the hotels of Fortaleza and tourists and locals meet under the radiant Brazilian sun. The pleasant district of Varjota with its diverse pub scene is a hoarse tip for all those who still want to get to know the city in the evening.


 

 

 

Visum

If you do not want to spend more than 90 days in Brazil, you only need your passport and an entry form. Visitors from Germany, Austria or Switzerland do not need to obtain a visa. It is important that the passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the start of the trip. However, he does not necessarily need to have biometric data. The entry form is usually handed out on the plane. This letter must be handled with care, as it must be returned when leaving the country.

 

How can I get there?

Fortaleza's airport (Aeroporto International "Pinto Martins" FOR) connects Fortaleza with the country and the world. The airport has been operated by FRAPORT AG (based in Frankfurt/Main) since July 2018. From here you can reach Lisbon (LIS) and Frankfurt (FRA) almost daily. There are also flights with KLM and Condor. Much longer is the travel time with the flights with stop e.g. in Rio de Janeira or São Paulo. You can find an overview of direct flights to

 

Reisezeit

This location results in a tropical (semi-arid) climate, which gives the traveller warm to hot temperatures and excellent weather for swimming all year round. Since the temperatures only differ very little during the year, the year is divided into dry and rainy seasons rather than into the seasons known to us.

The rainy season in Fortaleza lasts from January to June, with the most rainfall from February to March.  During the rainy season, high temperatures averaging 22 to 30 degrees Celsius await you on your journey. The days are mostly sunny and clear and the heavy rains usually happen in the late afternoon. The sea off the coast of the city is very suitable for swimming and offers water temperatures of 28 to 29 degrees on average. During the rainy season you can enjoy an average of 5 to 8 hours of sunshine a day.
During the dry season, which lasts in Fortaleza from July to December, very little rain falls. The average precipitation rate in these months is only 0 to 70mm per month. However, the temperatures remain very high throughout, just like in the rainy season, with maximum temperatures of 29 to 30 degrees during the day. Even in somewhat cooler times the lowest temperatures are still 21 to 24 degrees. The sea water offers continuous warm temperatures of 27 to 28 degrees on average.

During the dry season you can enjoy 6 to 9 average hours of sunshine per day during your holiday.m In general, Fortaleza is an interesting destination all year round and especially very popular for beach holidays in Brazil. There are other places in the area, such as Jericoacoara, which are ideal for swimming and water sports.
Rainfall is to be expected at all times during the rainy season. The months of January to June may therefore be less suitable for beach holidays and also for discovering the beautiful surroundings of Fortaleza. However, the temperatures and the warm water provide good travel conditions even during this time.
The best time to travel is usually the dry season from July to December, as very little rain falls during these months. The warm to hot weather and the consistently warm water temperatures offer very good conditions for a trip to Fortaleza during this time. In the dry season you can also enjoy most of the average hours of sunshine per day.

 

Pack Suitcase

She should definitely pack light cotton clothes and shorts.  Brazilians are very fashion-conscious. If you don't dress'not quite as casual' in the big cities, you will stand out less as a traveler. Slippers and flipp flops are ideal for relaxing days, e.g. on the beach.

Anti-mosquito agent with DEET, sun cream with a factor suitable for your skin, baseball cap... Sun hat or the like, aspirin, diarrhoe pills, plasters (but you can get that here in every drugstore too..)
Well worn, open shoes, torch, camera, EC card, credit card. Exchange for only a small amount of cash in case of emergency... The exchange rate is much cheaper here!

 

Language

Brazil is the fifth largest state in the world, a huge country. Anyone who wants to get to know the country, its people and culture well is recommended to attend at least one basic Portuguese course

 

where to sleep

Fortaleza has herons of good hotels and hostels Pousada with different price categories (which do not necessarily correspond to international standards) If you do not want to stay exclusively in Fortaleza, there are different standards and equipment on the beaches and in the mountains in Ceara Hotel, Pousadas and private lodgings... Remember that the accommodations are adapted to the climatic conditions... Ask us we will be happy to advise you!

 

We recommend that you consult your family doctor or the tropical institute before starting your trip and check and complete the standard vaccinations according to the current vaccination calendar for children and adults during a trip.

 

 

Money

The currency in Brazil is the Real (R$) or BRL

1 real = 100 centavos

there are banknotes: 2,5,10, 20, 50, 100 Real

and coins: 1,5,10,25,50 Centavos, 1 Real

Exchange offices give the best course. Banks often have to reckon with considerable time and paperwork. The euro exchange rate in Brazil is usually different from city to city and depending on the bank, credit cards are accepted by most restaurants, hotels, shops and shopping centres... In hostels, private quarters and on brands and souvenir vendors, coconut vendors are all well advised with cash.

Shopping

If you want to get to know Brazilian culture, visit the markets in Fortaleza...Every larger municipality has its central market...There you can buy food, spices, natural remedies. In Fortaleza we highly recommend the Marcado São Sebsttão on the Avenida Bezerra de Menzes .the Mercado dos Pinhoes near Praia de Iracema.for souvenir hunters we recommend the Marcado Central, the centre for tourism (which is a bazer for tanning and the lively called Feirinha (in English market) at the Avendida Beira Mar. If the weather is not so nice you can also visit one of the shopping centers "Shopping...The structure of these malls is typically US American with food court, cinema, and small and large shops. and uniformed security staff...

 
 

Nightlife

Life doesn't start until after sunset. At the beach promenade in Fortaleza life begins to pulsate. who alternaves spends the Kuhlen night hours at Iracema beach..tip: who likes beer should switch to brands known in Germany.about taste can probably always be argued.the Brazilian likes his beer ice-cold.

Big events, concerts and like the New Year's Eve party, which is the 2 biggest in Brazil, take place at the "Aterro da Praia Iracema".

 

Emergency Guide

​U.S. Consulate General in Recife: 📞 (+55) (81) 3416-3050 / Fax:(+55) (81) 3231-1906

Rua Gonçalves Maia, 163 - Boa Vista

50070-060 - Recife, PE - Brazil

Consulado US in Fortaleza:: 📞 (+55) (85) 486-1306 / 7/ Fax:(+55) (85) 486-1308

Av. Santos Dumont, 2828 - Suite 708 - Aldeota - Torre Santos Dumont

Fortaleza, CE - Brazil

acs1fortaleza@gmail.com

Consulado Geral Britânico - Rio de Janeiro : 📞 (+55) (21) 2555-9600 / Fax  (+55) (21) 2555-9672

Praia do Flamengo, 284 - 2° andar

22210-030 Rio de Janeiro RJ

Consulado-Honorário Britânico - Fortaleza: 📞 (+55) (85) 486-1306 / 7/ Fax:(+55) (85) 486-1308

Av. Santos Dumont, 2828 - Suite 708 - Aldeota - Torre Santos Dumont

Fortaleza, CE - Brazil

acs1fortaleza@gmail.com

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International Airport Fortaleza (FRAPORT):📞(85) 3392-1200

 

Police Federal 📞190

​Fire:📞 193

Ambulance SAMU 📞192

IJF Emergency - Hospital 24 h (Instituto Doutor José Frota)

Rua Barão do Rio Branco, 1816 - Centro, Fortaleza - CE, 60025-061

📞 (85) 3255-5000

Tourist Police DEPROTUR (speaking english)

R. Costa Barros, 1971 - Aldeota, Fortaleza - CE, 60160-281

 📞(85) 3101-2488

 

 

 

Andere Lander, andere Sitten

The Kiss


In Brazil, people like to greet you with kisses. Depending on the region, one or two are given as a welcome. 😉 Being kissed is good, even in public places, as well as holding hands for couples.


Hug

When we greet our friends, we like to do it with a big hug, which means love and affection for the other person. Or even a simple sign of cordiality towards the other.


The Brazilian does not open the door to another person's house before he leaves.


We have this habit, when we visit someone, we expect the owner of the house to open the door for us. If we open the door of another house, it means that we will not return to that house. So the owner has to open the door for us so that we can come back. We are superstitious!



Offer and accept food


We like to offer food, because food is something that brings people together by sharing moments together. It is always good to have something to offer to others, even if it is just coffee.
On the other hand, there are some people who prefer not to accept the food. That's right ... Do not accept that you believe that the person who offers does not offer to share for this wish, but "for education", that is, does not want the person to accept ...?

Therefore we have two Brazilian cultural points: to offer for pleasure and not to accept "for education"...?


Coffee


The Brazilian loves coffee! Brazilian coffee is served at any time of the day or night.


WC (not spoken by oneself)



Toilet is called "Banheiro". For men "Homem" or short "H or Ele" stands and for women "Senhoras" or abbreviated "S or Ela" at the corresponding doors or on signs.



Note!!! In practically all regions of Brazil, the toilet paper must not be thrown into the toilet bowls due to the risk of blockage, but only into the adjacent container. (This also applies to hotels) It takes getting used to!



 

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