Brazil Destinations, Dourados

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Dourados is a municipality in the Midwest region, located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The city is part of
Mesoregion of Mato Grosso do Sul and Southwest Microregion.
With a geographically privileged location, Dourados is in the center­south of Mato Grosso do Sul near the
watershed of the basins of the rivers Parana and Paraguay (Serra de Maracaju). Possessing the characteristic
its rich reddish soil and its tropical climate, has good urban infrastructure like wide hotel chain, several
pizzerias and restaurants with varied dishes. As in the rest of the state, its characteristic drink is tereré, which
is easily prepared and taken mainly in the informal meetings between friends. Founded in 1935, Dourados had
slow development until the second half of the twentieth century, because of deficiencies in transport and
communication links with other cities and states. In the 1940s, the city had grown to 14,985 inhabitants. From
the 1950s, with the opening of roads, it accelerated its development and Dourados became an important
agricultural center and services thereafter. In the 1960s the city already had 84,955 inhabitants (466.9%
inhabitants more than in 1940). Already in 1980 its population totaled 106,483 inhabitants, or 25.3% of the
balance in two decades. In the 1990s, in addition to agricultural growth, business development and services in
the urban area was decisive for Dourados to consolidate as a center of services and agriculture. In the 2000s
there were already 164,700 inhabitants (54.7% growth in twenty years). For the next ten years there has been
a 19% increase in its population, which totaled almost 200,000 habitantes.21 In over 70 years of existence, the
city of Dourados had total population growth of 1208.4% between 1940 and 2010.
Currently the city is an important regional center, services and agriculture to a region with about 1 million
inhabitants, including part of Paraguay, giving it the deserved title of Mercosur Portal. According to estimates
by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in 2014, it has a population of 210 218 inhabitants
(and 51.443 inhabitants per square kilometer), the most populous city in the interior of Mato Grosso do Sul and
to be 136 Brazil’s largest city and the 55th largest county Brazil. Its airport is one of the main gateways for
tourists wishing to visit the city with its bus station. And also you can visit both from Dourados regions of Bonito
and the Pantanal. With a packed calendar of cultural events, the city of Dourados attracts many visitors for
hosting events like the Expoagro (agricultural exposition, industrial and commercial Golden), Reef Encounter
(brings together choral groups from all over Brazil as well as from neighboring countries like Paraguay,
Uruguay and others), FESTUDO (University Festival Golden Theatre, festival where participating Brazil Groups
and neighboring countries), Festival of Nations (with typical food and cultural performances of the participating
countries), Brazilian Championship of Motocross and scientific events in their universities (which total 19 local
events). The city of Dourados has also featured as a university center, because it has six universities, one
public third. In addition to higher education, the municipality offers a good range of options for the medium and
technical levels.
Dourados has a modern shopping mall with 191 stores and 500 parking spaces. This city also offers to its
citizens recreational parks and squares.
Dourados is well­served with many other shops, including those selling top Brazilian jeanswear brands such as
Forum, Triton and Ellus and the middle­market clothes and homewares store Riachuelo.
On Saturday night and Sunday morning there is a large open­air market (Feira) offering locally produced fruits
and vegetables. Pineapples, water melons and bananas are all good and you’ll find a wide range of salad and
root vegetables alongside Japanese specialities such as radishes and soy cakes,
There are nightclubs and many restaurants in the city centre which offer a broad range of cuisines including a
number of Churrascarias (Churrasco is most commonly beef but also lamb and pork carved at the table from
joints on skewers) as well as Pizza parlours and numerous places catering to the substantial Japanese
community.
At the Feira you will also find restaurants providing Brazilian and Japanese food as well as stalls selling
popular local delicacies such as sugar cane juice (Caldo de Cana), Doce de Leite (a type of caramel made
from milk and sugar and cooked until it is either a thick syrup or it can formed into fudge­like pieces) and
Cocada (coconut and condensed milk cooked until either sticky or hard).
Most People come here to organize their trip to the Pantanal. Many locals make regular trips to the Paraguayan border town of Ponta Porã/Pedro Juan Caballero where they
are able to buy relatively low­cost low­duty imported items such as electronic goods, perfumes and designer
clothing.
Other options:
● Campo Grande
● Corumbá
● Bonito

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