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Luanda was built in Portuguese colonial style. Since the beginning of the civil war in Angola, some 2 million refugees came to the capital and now the city is surrounded by large shanty towns, known as musseques. Don't wander into these shanties as it is very dangerous.

The Roque Santeiro is the largest market, or cundonga, where fruit, food, local craftworks and masks can be bought. The National Museum of Anthropology has a collection of masks and other local artifacts. On nearby Ilha de Luanda are some food stalls, where fish is sold. There is a beach with freezing cold and dirty water.

Accommodation is very expensive and difficult to find in Angola, mainly due to the civil strife. It is very difficult to find any reasonable food places apart from the restaurants in the hotels. Nightlife is only accessible if you have local friends to show you around. Transport is fairly unavailable and very expensive and the roads are mostly in a very bad shape.

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Latitude:    8 49 S
Longitude: 13 13 E
Elevation:  59 m (194 ft.)

Population: 480,000
Cost-of-living compared to Washington D.C.: n/a

Hours from UTC: 1
Daylight savings time: n/a

City phone code: 2
Country phone code: 244

Average Weather Patterns

January25.8°C (78.4°F)2.5 cm (0.98 in)
April26.7°C (80.1°F)11.7 cm (4.61 in)
July20.8°C (69.4°F)n/a
October23.9°C (75°F)0.5 cm (0.2 in)

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