About Recife

FoundedMarch 12, 1537
Municipality218 km2 (84.17 sq mi)
Metro2,768 km2 (1,068.7 sq mi)
Elevation10 m (33 ft)
Population (2012) 
Municipality1,555,039 (9th in Brazil)
Density7,133.2/km2 (18,537.9/sq mi)
Metro3,743,854 (5th in Brazil)
Metro density1,352.5/km2 (3,527/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
Postal Code50000-000
Area code(s)+55 81
WebsiteRecife, Pernambuco

Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, is one of the largest and most important cities on the northeastern coast of Brazil. This lively capital, originally founded by Dutch colonizers, is brimming with a vibrant culture, an interesting old town and some nice beaches.

Recife is on the Atlantic coast, at the mouth of the Capibaribe, Beberibe and Jordão Rivers, close to the eastern most point of the Americas. The climate is tropical, with two main seasons: dry (September-March) and rainy (April-August). Average annual temperature is 78.8°F, with limited variation. The city, which is only two meters above sea level (some parts are below), is distributed across rivers, canals and islands. Due to the prevalence of waterways in its geography, Recife is known as Veneza Brasileira (Brazilian Venice). Its 1.5 million inhabitants (3.5 million in the Grande Recife) are called recifenses. Services are the base of the economy. Despite the high incidence of poverty, the municipal Human Development Index (HDI) in 2000 (0.810) was above Brazil's national average (0.800). Recife is famous for its beaches, history, Carnaval, arts and cuisine.

Get in

By plane

Recife's modern Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport (REC) is efficient, user-friendly and close to the city. There are direct scheduled flights to major cities in Brazil, as well as to Buenos Aires, Miami (American Airlines), and various European cities.

From the airport

  • MetroRec Subway has an Aeroporto stop on its southern line which will take you directly downtown.
  • Taxis from the airport to Boa Viagem cost about R$10, to the city center R$30, airport taxis are more expensive.

Get around

By taxi

Taxi is the best bet. Look for registered taxi companies which charge standard rates. Ask for a car with air conditioning (especially in the summer).

  • Coopetáxi, ☎ 813224-8441
  • Disk Táxi, ☎ 81 3224-5410
  • Ligue Táxi, ☎ 81 3228-6830
  • RádioTáxi Recife, ☎ 81 3222-6580
  • Recife Táxi, ☎ 81 3424-3020
  • TeleTáxi, ☎ 81 2121-4242

By bus

Buses are the most useful form of mass transportation. The Sistema Estrutural Integrado (Integrated Structural System), known as SEI, has 119 bus lines which are integrated with the subway system at 13 points throughout the metropolitan area.

By subway

MetroRec, Recife's subway system, is the third largest in Brazil, although it still covers only limited areas of the city. 13 of the 28 stations have connections to the SEI metro bus system and, depending on your destination, it may be possible to purchase a single combination subway/bus ticket. MetroRec has three basic lines.


Beaches, Churches, historic, art and folklore Museums, historic buildings, and parks are among the many attractions of Recife.

Stay Safe

Be aware of your surroundings and take the usual big city precautions.


Argentina, Av. Domingos Ferreira, 2238, Edificio Akka, 2° andar, Boa Viagem, ☎ +55 81 3327-1451 (fax: +55 81 3327-1450).  

United States, Rua Gonçalves Maia, 163, Boa Vista, ☎ +55 81 3416-3050 (fax: +55 81 3231-1906).  

Canada, Av. Engenheiro Antônio de Góes, 60, Edíficio JCPM, 7º andar, Pina, ☎ +55 81 2122-3140 (fax: +55 81 2122-3142).  

Mexico, Rua Aquidabã, 20, apt. 1401, Boa Viagem, ☎ +55 81 3083-1760 (fax: +55 81 3343-1430).   

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