Brazil Destinations, Ribeirão Preto

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Ribeirão Preto was founded in 1856, when the region received many miners who left their land already
depleted for mining and sought pastures for livestock. In the early 20th century, the city began to attract
immigrants, who were working in agriculture or in the factories opened in the 1910s. Coffee, which was for
some time a major source of income, depreciates in 1929, losing space for other cultures and especially for the
industrial sector. In the second half of the 20th century investments grew in health, biotechnology, bioenergy
and information technology, and the city was declared in 2010 to be a “technology park”. These activities now
place Ribeirão Preto as the 28th largest GDP in Brazil.
In addition to its economic importance, the city is also an important cultural center. Parks such as Prefeito Luiz
Roberto Jábali, Maurilio Biagi Park, and the Zoo are important preservation areas, while the Pinguim Choperia,
the Dom Pedro Theatre and projects such as the Ribeirão Preto’s Cinema Center are relevant sightseeing
points, along with such cultural events as the Agrishow and the National Book Fair.
The population of Ribeirão Preto includes, amongst other groups, descendents of Italian, Portuguese, Spanish,
and Japanese immigrants who were attracted to the region because of the coffee agriculture, right after the
abolition of slavery in 1888, when immigrants were granted lands, after being indentured workers.
Descendants of African slaves also constituted a big parcel of the population. Italians arrived in huge numbers,
followed by Germans, Spaniards, Easter Europeans, and Portuguese.
During the 1990s, Northeastern migrants came to the region attracted by the economic development of São
Paulo state cities, which was widely broadcast in TV documentaries. With the super population of the city by
individuals who often had no technical skills and were often illiterate, poverty and crime grew considerably.
Many migrants boosted the economy by working in sugarcane plantations and orange crops though. However,
those who perform seasonal duties, often have no safe net, when the work is over. The IBGE Institute’s
research indicated that Ribeirão Preto has a population of 605.114 inhabitants. The greater urban area
incorporates 34 municipalities, totalling a population of approximately 1.4 million inhabitants.
The climate of Ribeirão Preto is tropical of altitude, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate, with rainy
summers and dry winters.
● Average temperature: Winter 18°C; Summer 24°C
● Altitude: 518.4 m (between 504 and 852 meters)
● Average precipitation: 1426.80 mm of rain (annual total)
● Relative humidity: 71% yearly average
Ribeirão Preto is considered one of the major centers of business tourism in the country, being chosen by the
Ministry of Tourism as an inducer of regional tourism development, between 4 cities of São Paulo and 64 other
locations throughout Brazil. Currently the city has 52 hotels in full operation, with 8600 beds (or jobs), beyond
30 motels with 2000 beds, beds totaling 10,600 rooms in the network of the city.
Annually in the city several events occurs, such as Fair Photo Image, Carnabeirão (greater micareta the state
of São Paulo), Film Festival Ribeirão Preto, Agrishow (International Fair of Agricultural Technology in Action),
National Book Fair of Ribeirão Black (second largest fair in the open in Brazil), Fair ExpoHair, Feitrans (Fair
Transport Interior Paulista), Festival Tanabata (Japanese culture), Arena Cross, John Rock Winterfest,
Ribeirão Rodeo Music, Ribeirão Skol Folia, Festitália (Italian culture), Entorta Bixo, Feapam, Ribeirão Cana
Invest, Bonfim Paulista Rodeo Show, Expobonsai, AVIRRP, Comida di Buteco, Restaurant Week Ribeirão
Preto, Ribeirão Preto Tropeada Mitsubishi Rally Cup Copa Chevrolet Montana, Stock Car Brazil, among
others. These events move various segments of the municipality, as the airport, bus system, taxi, hotel chain,
bars, restaurants, and more.
Ribeirão Preto has many parks, gardens and a zoo e.g. Fábio Barreto municipal forest, municipal park called
“Curipira”, officially named Luís Roberto Jábali Park, the Botanical Garden Park, named as Luís Carlos Raya
Park, both located in the south zone, Tom Jobim Park, located in the northwest region and the Maurílio Biagi
Park, located in the central region.
Ribeirão Preto is among the municipalities that meet the basic requirements, such as distance to airports,
hotels range for officers, among others. Therefore, it was selected as one of the cities eligible to receive
Training Centers of the World Cup 2014. The Organizing Committee announced the list of cities with potential
to host these training centers of Selections (CTS) during the World Cup 2014.
Lately Ribeirão Preto’s highest sports acclaim comes in basketball. The team plays under the name COC
Ribeirão Preto (Colegio Oswaldo Cruz) and finished 1st in the National Championship first division in 2003.
Other finishes of note include championships in the Paulista league (state of São Paulo) in ’02,’03,’04,’05 and
’06 when was champion. COC­Ribeirão Preto plays its home games in the Gym “Cava do Bosque”, which is
located on the land associated with the Municipal Park of Sports.
Carnival
Ribeirão Preto is the birthplace of one of the oldest samba schools in Brazil: in 1927 founded the “Bambas”
However, as a string carnival, becoming samba schools later. Besides this pioneering school are the
Ambassadors of Elysian Fields, Tradition of Ipiranga, Golden Falcon, 12 Corinthian Shirt Emperors and
Samba.
In 2010 the city was the theme chosen by the samba school to parade Golden Eagle sambódramo in São
Paulo, the parade had wings wing as coffee and sugar cane. The school told the story of Ribeirão and the
importance of agribusiness. There are two road blocks, “Os Alegrões” (Jardim Irajá) and “O Berro” (Centro).

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