Brazil Destinations, Palmas

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Palmas is the capital and the largest city in the state of Tocantins. The city was founded on May 20,
1989, shortly after the creation of Tocantins by the Constitution of 1988. Prior to this date, Palmas
was initially planned by the architects Luis Fernando Teixeira Cruvinel and Walfredo Antunes de
Oliveira Filho, and from there, the City began to be built by workers who came from other parts of
Tocantins and several other states.
The municipality is also characterized by being the second capital with better quality of life of northern
Brazil.
Palmas growth was too big during the decade of 1990. In 1991 the city had a population of 24.261
inhabitants. In 2000, the city had grown to 130,528 inhabitants. Its urbanization has also grown in
recent years. Despite a slowdown, Palmas has an 8.7% economic growth, higher than the national
rate and Tocantins.
The city promotes the development of business tourism and events and ecotourism. Located 805 km
from Brasilia­DF, it is served by major airlines.
Thanks to urban planning, the city has long, wide boulevards, interspersed by beautiful landscaped
roundabouts and parks., One of the most sought after by locals on weekends is the Cesamar Park,
which features race track, lake and trails .
The region has average temperatures around 27 degrees, with freshwater beaches to cool off
visitors.
Around the lake, in an area of 160 kilometers long, are the beaches Graciosa, Prata and Arnos,
contoured for kiosks and stalls and perfect for water sports.
Palmas also excelled in the category ecotourism, whose main attractions are the Taquaraçu district,
27 kilometers from the capital. The climate is mild and conducive to hiking that leads to dozens of
waterfalls in the midst of Serra do Lageado.
The main Landmarks in Palmas are:
Avenida Palmas Brazil: Located on the south side of the city, it offers a lot of good food and leisure
options in general. The avenue has a lovely decor and a very special lighting.
Feira 304 Sul: A modern and well extensive fair on Friday nights with typical food, concerts by region:
Feira do Bosque: attractions such as capoeira, dances, and crafts made with golden grass and
typical foods.
Praca dos Girassois: Considered one of the largest squares in the world, it has a modern
superstructure and is surrounded by monuments, buildings. Right in the center is the state
government’s headquarters.
Fonte Luminosa: With water jets that reach 15m in height, this water jets form symbol of the state of
Tocantins, a sunflower with all open petals.
Monumento Dezoito Forte: There are 18 sculptures, each one is 2m tall and were carved to honor the
heroes of the 1930 revolution that took place in Rio de Janeiro.
Memorial Coluna Prestes: Located in the praca dos Girassois it is a bronze sculpture created by artist
Maurício Bentes, with the rider name of Cavaleiro Luz. It was a way to honor the march of the Coluna
Prestes through the cities of the interior of Brazil.
Palacinho: Built in 1989 and toppled in 1992, it was built with Jatoba wood. It became the city
museum where one can see pieces from that time.
Espaco Cultural: this is the home for Theatre Fernanda Monte Negro which has capacity for 500
people, Sinhozinho room, Jaime Camara Library, the Centro de criatividade and the Grande Praca.
Casa Suçuapara: a historical­cultural museum and the Creativity Center with various projects.
Geodesic Marc for the Center of Brazil: The milestone is right in the middle of a compass rose,
located in the Praca dos Girassois and makes references to indigenous groups.
Araguaia Palace: It is right in the center of Praca dos Girassois, occupying 14.000 sq. meters and is
undoubtedly the postcard of the city.
Palmas offers a great variety in the Ecotourism field. The many waterfalls are an invitation for visitors
from all over the country. In the Region of Taquaruçu, there are the:
Cachoeira do Roncador: The fall in bridal veil format impresses everyone with its height of 70 meters.
It forms a beautiful lake with about 4 meters deep, ideal for those who enjoy rappel or just admire the
scenery surrounded by greenery and silence.
Cachoeira Lajeiro: Ideal for a refreshing bath, it is smaller but ideal for bathers and admirers of
nature. It has easy access and provides breathtaking scenery.
Cachoeira do Brejo do Meio: By the middle of the marsh trail it is possible to reach this wonder of
nature, whether for a waterfall bath or even a rappelling. His fall in bridal veil format has cold and
clear water and forms a natural pool 20 meters wide, 15 meters long and 1 meter deep.
Cachoeira de Tres Quedas: This waterfall is more difficult to access, with a very long trail of thick
jungle, perfect for those who enjoy trekking, but it is necessary to hire a guide to follow the walk. This
waterfall preserves its exotic beauty forms a huge natural pool of clear water perfect for cooling off
the fatigue of the route.
Cachoeira Sambaíba: It has a 45 meters waterfall, with large volumes of clear, warm waters. It forms
a wonderful lake about 900 meters long and 3 meters deep.
Cachoeira Pequena: perfect for those who like rappelling, it is a smaller waterfall, not very large
flowing down the stream Buritana, forming a lake 5 meters wide, 8 meters long and 1.5 meters deep.
Cachoeira Ponta da Serra: Another perfect place to rappel lovers, or just a walk outdoors admiring
nature around. With large volumes of water starting from the Serra da Ponta stream, the fall shows in
bridal veil format, the waters descend from a huge wall to form a beautiful lake of not very cold water
and 1.5 meters deep.
Cachoeira do Evilson: Surrounded by greenery and a beautiful 50 meters wall that is covered by
ferns. The water is cold and clear forming a beautiful natural lake 80 meters long and 3 meters deep.
Cachoeira Joao Mole: For those who like climbing or mountain biking this is the place to go. The
waterfall is formed by the huge grotto Joao Mole, with small falls along the way. The waterfall forms a
natural pool 20 meters long, 20 meters wide and 80 cm deep.
Cachoeira Escorrega Macaco: To get there, you can use the same path that is used to reach the
waterfall of the Roncador. The greenery, the walls covered with ferns and bamboos give it a special
touch. The waters pass through the rocks and fall just below where it forms a huge natural pool 4
meters wide, 8meters long and 1.5 meters deep.
Cachoeira do Rapel: More than 10 km walk starting from Taquaraçu, there one can camp or just have
a picnic with friends. The visitors, who like rappelling, can enjoy the place to indulge in their sport.
The water fall forms a beautiful natural pool that 20meters long, 15 meters wide 2 meters deep.
Cachoeira Raizana: The hike is over 6 km starting from Taquaraçu. Tthe waters coming from
Buritana stream is abundant and very runny force under the stones which provides a beautiful view of
the waterfall. The fall forms a beautiful natural pool of 6 meters wide, 10 meters long and 1.5 meters
deep.
Cachoeira do Vai Quem Quer: This waterfall has an abundant volume of clear water that flow in the
green and forms a large lake of cold water 10 meters wide, 12 meters long and 2 meters deep.
Perfect for rappelling or just for swimming and hiking.

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