Founded in 1855, this state capital stands on the south bank of the Rio Sergipe, about 10 km from its mouth and 327 km north of Salvador. The river itself is pleasant enough and lined with handsome buildings, but the city centre is tawdry and unpleasant, especially at night, and there is very little to see. Most visitors stay at Praia Atalaia , a 10-minute taxi (US$12) or 20-minute bus ride south of town.
Overlooked by most international visitors, Aracaju has a lively off-season carnival immediately prior to the one in Salvador, with the same music and floats. The commercial area is on Rua Itabaianinha and Rua João Pessoa, leading up to Rua Divina Pastora and Praça General Valadão.
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Santa Maria airport (12 km from the centre, Av Senador Júlio César Leite, Atalaia, T079-3243 1388) receives flights from Maceió, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Recife, Salvador, and other towns. Interstate buses arrive at the rodoviária (4 km west of the centre) which is linked to the local bus system from the adjacent terminal (buy a ticket before going on to the platform). Bus 004 ‘T Rod/L Batista’ goes to the centre, US$0.50. Buses from Laranjeiras and São Cristóvão (45 minutes) arrive at the old bus station at Praça João XXIII. Look for routes written on the side of buses and at bus stations in town.