Boa Vista Travel Guide

Hot city with pretty much nothing to do, most foreigners pass through travelling between Manaus and Venezuela

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Boa Vista is the capital of the state of Roraima in the north of Brazil. Most foreigner pass through en route between Manaus and Venezuela.

For 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 Historical references are difficult to find.

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By plane

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.

By bus

Boa Vista has 3 daily bus connections to Manaus by way of Presidente Figueiredo(11 hours, 95 R$) by Eucatur. This includes an en route passport screen by the Federal Police. Also buses to deep into Venezuela. Six daily buses to Bonfim and the border with Guyana. If crossing the border, do not get off in Bonfim, the bus will continue to the border.

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GET AROUND

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.

DO

  • Sunset cruises leave from Orla Taumanan at 17:00. Book ahead.
  • When the river is low, the far side has a string of beaches, a couple of them with shacks serving drinks and snacks. A boat ride across costs R$ 2,50.
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Buy

Stores generally close early on Saturday and remain closed on Sunday.

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EAT

  • Cocktail bar e restaurante, Corner of Rua Araujo Filho and Avenida Getúlio Vargas. Spiced up from the regular Brazilian fare by the Indian owner Set lunch R$ 7.
  • Meu Cantinho, (Right up from Orla Taumanan). Lunch till midnight. Set at the founding spot of the city. Mains for two at R$ 35.
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  • Orla Taumanan, (At the riverfront just down from the centre). Weekend evenings. A handfull of stalls with plastic tables and chair around a makeshift stage with live music.
  • Sullivan, (20 reais by taxi from the centre.). Forro at weekend nights Entrance R$ 10. Beer can R$ 3.
  • SINPOL, (Right behind the bus station). Pagode once a week. Free entrance, large beer R$ 4.
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Budget

Hotels are spread out between the centre and the bus station.

  • Hotel Ideal, Corner Rua Araujo Filho and Rua Nossa Senhora Consolata, ☎ 95 3224 6342. Basic and clean Double with fan R$ 80, double with aircon R$ 90.
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Internet is painfully slow.

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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 200 notes for 100 usd). Be aware of daily withdrawal limit for foreign VISA cards in brazilian ATMS.

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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.

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Boa Vista is the capital of the state of Roraima in the north of Brazil. Most foreigners pass through en route between Manaus and Venezuela.

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As a freelance travel photographer, Michel Piccaya has been on the road worldwide for more than 20 years, exploring the most incredible itineraries. He’s currently based in Brussels however never stays at home for a long time !

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