Money: It is advisable
to get Brazilian currency (Reais) when you arrive at the airport,
you can change cash money (Euros or Dollars) or you can use a cash
machine. The best place to change cash money is the Cambio office at the airport(the one furthest away from the main entrance, to the right of the arrival hall). When you use a cash machine the exchange rate is a lot
better, sometimes as much as 10 percent! There is one at the airport, up the stairs and to the right. The maximum amount you can get from a cash machine
is 1000 Reais per day, after 22.00 the maximum is only 100 Reais. You can use a Cirrus/Maestro bank card at the HSBC bank which is located on Monsenhor Tabosa, the Banco do Brasil at the Beira Mar also accepts Cirrus/Maestro bank cards).
All 24 Horas cash points also accept Maestro/Cirrus, they are spread all over the city. With a Visa or Mastercard creditcard you can get money at even more bankmachines.
Most shops in Fortaleza also accept creditcards. Every hotel accepts
creditcards, as do most pousadas. When staying in Cumbuco one can now go to the cash machine at the gas station at the entrance of Cumbuco, about 1,5 km from the center, another cash point is at the Lider Supermercado in the center of Icarai (inside the supermarket). To get there take any local bus leaving Cumbuco and ask for the Lider supermercado and the driver will drop you off there. The next option is the 24 Horas cash machine in the center of Caucaia (across the street from the Bradesco bank, here one can also get cash but only a maximum of 600 Reais).
traveling in Brazil you always need to carry your passport or a
copy of your passport, when you use a copy do not forget you also
need a copy of the entry stamp you got when you arrived in Brazil.
When arriving in Brazil you get a visa for either 30 or 90 days.
When staying longer than 30 days make sure you get a stamp for 90
days, you can not see this on the stamp you get in your passport,
but on the paper they give you with it. Also be sure to keep this
paper with your passport because you need to give it to Customs
when you depart Brazil, if you lost it it means a lot of hassle.
It is as of 01-10-2012 no longer possible to extend your stay beyond 3 months. The maximum total stay in Brazil is 6 months
a year. If you are American or Australian, to name but a few, you
need to get a visa before you fly to Brazil, otherwise you will
leave on the same plane you came with.
Departure: When flying out
of Brazil you need to pay an airport tax of about 110 Reais, in
cash. This goes for charter companies such as Arkefly not for TAP.
Car Rental: If you want to
hire a car, which is especially handy if you want to go to kitesurf
spots outside of Cumbuco, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and
we can take care of it and have a car waiting for you when you get
here. A small car with airconditioning is about 35 Euros per day,
a buggy about 50 Euros and a 4x4 like A Toyota Hilux is about 130
Euros per day. Remember there is only public transport to Caucaia
and Fortaleza, not to Cauipi, Pecem, Paracuru or anywhere else north.
Airport transfer: If you would
like transport from the airport to Cumbuco, about an hour drive,
this can be arranged.
Weather / Wind : For an actual
weather report, and prognosis for the next 3 days the next side
is handy: windguru.com
Further information about public transport, taxis, money exchange,
accommodation etc. is available in Cumbuco at Laranja Mecanica (next
to Milano). You can get information here in English, Dutch, German
or Portuguese. You can also get more information at
JJR Real Estate Real Estate office in the center of Cumbuco.
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