Golden Cajuína, chairs on the sidewalk, good conversation with no time to end, mango trees, buritis, caneleiros, oitis and ipês shadowing streets, courtyards, squares and gardens. The heat is strong, but there are always the leaves of a tree to provide shelter along with fragrant flowers or fruits. A city with a big heart that welcomes the traveler as a friend and brother. With music – because the people are happy – and many stories to tell. Hospitable Terezina, it is so good to be here!

PROFILE OF THE CITY

Well drawn, clean, safe and modern, Teresina often surprises those who expect to land in a deserted land scenery. The arid landscape and the hard life of men of the countryside are far away realities from the tranquility and green of Teresina. As one of the most prosperous cities in Brazil, Terezina stands out today for its textile industry, for its commercial activities and for being an expressive laboratory and medical center. However, although many come seeking for business or health care, no one leaves the city without taking a bit of that so special thing called friendship.

The central part of Terezina is between the Parnaíba River and its affluent, the Poti, and they then join to move towards the Atlantic. The proximity of the rivers has led to local development from the beginning, and today it continues to represent a major factor in the supply of water and power. Besides, there is boating and the rare beauty of the sunset at the Encontro dos Rios (Meeting of the Rivers), near the Poti Velho (Old Poti), where the city was born.

SURROUNDINGS

The distance of about 180 km that separates Terezina from the Parque Nacional de Sete Cidades (Seven Cities National Park) will seem short when you find what is there, waiting for the visitor. Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) is a surprising place. Its rock formations send us to a fantasy world.

Although they are the result of geological movements that occurred millions of years ago, these formations seem to be the work of human hands. So impressive that many fanciful theories credit the construction of the “cities” to extinct peoples, like Phoenicians and Vikings.

Piscina dos Milagres, which invites you to a refreshing bath, Pedra dos Canhões, Banco da Praça, Arco do Triunfo, Biblioteca, Teatro de Arena, Igreja Velha, Passagem do Vento and Pedra da Pirâmide are Just a few of the fantastic formations.

Most of the flora found in the park itself is the cerrado – Murici, Cascudo, Bacuri, Pequi and Pau Terra – and from the caatinga – Juazeiro, Jurema, Aroeira and cactus-like xique-xique and Coroa-de-frade. The Pau-d’arco and the Embaúba are common along rivers and near the springs.

Many birds and animals inhabit the park and it is easy to find parrots, parakeets, woodpeckers, owls, seriemas, jaguars, armadillos, deer, raccoons, foxes and iguanas there.