Practical Information in Maputo

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This Maputo practical information guide brings you to the wonderful coastal city in Mozambique, which is its capital city as well. Before the Mozambique wars in 1970 and 1980, Maputo was a progressive, fast rising and well–equipped harbor under the influence of the Portuguese.

Socio-Demographic Facts

This city is still rising up from the ashes of war, but is slowly recovering with a population of more than 1,200,000. Arab, Indian and Chinese cultures exude an unbelievably wealthy culture. Its subtropical climate is coldest in July, around 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit) and hottest in September around 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit). This temperate climate allows tourists an all year-round visit. You can opt for the summer or winter seasons. The economy has improved from the last war. One dollar is equivalent to 26.16 meticais (MZM), which is the city’s currency.

Safety Concerns

Be careful while traveling around the city in chapas or mini-buses, as there are reported cases of robbery, accidents and overcharging. When operated properly though, they are inexpensive means of transportation within the city. You should go around in groups even in busy streets. Carry a Xerox copy of your VISA and passport with you in case authorities asked you to prove your status.  Do not carry firearms or sharp objects, as police authorities may detain you. Do not flaunt your cell phones and cameras because there are several reports of pickpockets and snatchers operating within the city. Protect yourself also from HIV and malaria through protected sex and malarial drugs.

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