Dangers & Annoyances

Pickpocketing is a problem in Mercado Ver-o-Peso and the Comercio districts, although a recently increased police presence in the former has improved things a little. Take care during the day and avoid both at night. Take a cab if you're returning late from bars or the movies.

Police In the Estação das Docas complex by the river.

Tourist Police (CIPTUR) City-center police station.

Tourist Police (CIPTUR) Another riverside police station.


Laundromat Next-day service.

Lav & Lev Drop-off service costs R$15 per wash cycle (7kg max), R$15 per dry cycle (some loads may require more than one) plus a R$15 service charge. For R$25 more, they'll pick up and drop off at your hotel.


Bradesco Bank with foreign exchange services.

Estação das Docas Numerous ATMs in a secure setting.

Turvicam There's a foreign exchange desk out the back of this travel agency.


Tourist Information

SETUR A reasonably helpful branch office of the state tourism department.