Maputo

Welcome

Mozambique’s seaside capital has always had a breezy charm, which for years rested in part on faded glory of its architectural legacy of Portuguese colonial and art deco buildings. Bulldozers are razing many of those Maputo’s old buildings to put up glass and steel high-rises, but the street life is still warm and welcoming, from the narrow roads of the Baixa to the beachside stretches of de Marginal.

The Lingo

A little Portuguese will get you a long way. Bom dia for good morning.Tudo bem: Question and reply for all good.

Money

The currency is metical, often pronounced “meti-cash”.

Getting in Touch

Country code: +258. Local SIM cards available at the airport.

Getting Around

Rent a car if you dare. Streets are congested, often under construction, and flood with the first hint of rain. Petty theft from vehicles, even of sideview mirrors is common. If you’re planning to head farther up the coast, you may want the 4×4, but while you’re in town, taxis and tuk-tuks are abundant and affordable.

Getting in Trouble

For health worries, try the new Hospital Privado, the AMI Trauma Clinic, or the Clinica da Sommerschield.


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