Maceió is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Alagoas. The name "Maceió" is of Indigenous origin, and designates the naturally spontaneous courses of water which flow out of the soil. Most maceiós flow to the sea, but some get trapped and form lakes ("lagoas", in Portuguese). There are plenty of maceiós and lakes in this part of Brazil; because of this, the city was named Maceió, and the State, Alagoas.
Maceió has a typical tropical climate, specifically a tropical monsoon climate, with warm to hot temperatures and high relative humidity all throughout the year. However, these conditions are relieved by a near absence of extreme temperatures and trade winds blowing from the ocean.
January is the warmest month, with mean maximum of 32 °C and minimum of 22 °C and more sun; July experiences the coolest temperatures, with mean maximum of 27 °C and minimum of 17 °C and more rain and much higher humidity.
|Avg Max||30.2 °C||30.4 °C||30.2 °C||29.6 °C||28.5 °C||27.6 °C||27 °C||27.1 °C||27.8 °C||29 °C||29.9 °C||30 °C|
|Avg Min||22.4 °C||22.6 °C||22.7 °C||22.5 °C||22 °C||21.3 °C||20.5 °C||20.2 °C||20.7 °C||21.2 °C||21.6 °C||22 °C|
|Rainfall||74.8 mm||111 mm||191 mm||312.6 mm||340.7 mm||298.3 mm||325.1 mm||179 mm||148.4 mm||72.7 mm||51.9 mm||62.1 mm|
Maceió/Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport (IATA: MCZ, ICAO: SBMO), formerly called Campo dos Palmares Airport, offers connections to/from Brasília, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Aracaju, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas, Fernando de Noronha, Natal, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Teresina, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão and São Paulo-Congonhas.
|HI Maceio Hostel Pousada||Rua Almirante Mascarenhas, 85, Pajuacara||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Maceio Ponta Verde||Avenida Dr. Josao Sampaio Luz, 169 ponta Verde||Hostel||-|
|Pousada Bonaparte||Rua Jangadeiros Alagoanos,799||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Pousada Lagoas||Av. Joao Davino, 246||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Pousada Morada do Sol||Rua Paulina Maria de Mendonca, 140 Praia de Jatiuca||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pousada de Charme Casa Caiada||Rod AL 101, Norte km 10 Riacho Doce||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pajucara Praia Hotel||Av Dr Antonio Gouveia, 197 Pajucara||HOTEL||-|
|Ritz Suites Hotel||Av. Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, 125 Lagoa da Anta||HOTEL||-|
|Tropico Praia Hotel||Rua Jose Freire Moura, 271 Ponta Verde||HOTEL||-|
|Pitanga Hostel e Pousada||Rua Olavo Macedo Ribeiro, 234 Jatiuca||HOSTEL||-|
Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.
See also International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.
Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.
Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.
Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.
Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.
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