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Paraiba State is still a very much undiscovered land, although it's time is approaching fast. Paraíba is half way between the rich historic sites of Pernambuco and the paradisiac beaches of Rio Grande do Norte, which are two States which have already entered the list of most visited Brazilian destinations.

Sugar cane cultivation in Paraiba State began around the 16th century, promoting prosperity to the region, although along with this came the territorial disputes amongst the Portuguese, French and Dutch, which ultimately delivered the culltural and historic diversity that can be found here today in the building architecture and it's many monuments.

Joáo Pessoa is the capital of Paraiba and is one of the State's great attractions, being considered the second greenist city in the world, with more than 700 hectares of preserved forest – missing out only to Paris in a United Nations study carried out in 1992.

As well as being full of parks and avenues packed with fruit and ornamental trees, João Pessoa has many preserved forests which attract vistors in their thousands every year. Just outside the capital are the State's most popular beaches, which include Coquerinhos, Tabatinga and Tambaba, which is one of the few officially recognised naturism beaches in Brazil.

Moving inland a little we find Campina Grande, which is the 2nd city of the State, although locals in Campina Grande will tell you otherwise! Campina Grande hosts one of the biggest 'Junine Parties' in the world and this party carries on throughout the month of June every year. 'O maior São João do Mundo' as it's known, is a festival that celebrates St. John and the focal point of the celebrations hits the 'Parque do Povo' (People's Park) which covers 42,000 sq/m's in the city centre. Adorned with little flags and fires spread everywhere along the streets, the city of 350 thousand people receives an average of 400 thousand visitors from all over the Country and abroad.

And now on to the 'Paraibano' countryside, another great attraction is the city of Sousa, which has a valuable treasure: Dinosaur Valley – one of the most important paleontologic sites in the world, with footsteps from jurassic species, printed at least 70 million years ago. The track from the footsteps forms a path along the margins of the Peixe river, where many centuries ago lived the iguanodon and the alosaurus.

In Ingá, 96km from the capital, you will find strange engraved rock inscriptions which are known as Pedras or Itacoatiaras from Ingá. Curiousity about their meaning prevails here amongst scientists, students and tourists from everywhere around the world. Surrounded with enigmas, the millennial inscriptions bring indecipherable symbols, of great archeological value, and suggestions that they were "written by natives from the region", or they are "the manifestation of a developed culture from another continent" or are "a message from extraterrestrials visiting our planet", are recorded, but ultimately, nobody knows!

João Pessoa and Campina Grande are the focal point of Paraiba´s economy, based on leather production, tourism and agribusiness.

Over the past few years, tourism has taken the lead in Paraiba's economy with it's diverse offering of some of the most beautiful beaches along the Brazilian coastline,  historical buildings throughout, rich culture and traditions, along with archeologic and paleontologic interests that the State offers.

It's also worth enjoying the delicious local cuisine in Paraiba, based on seafood and dishes prepared with jerked meat and manioc flour. The typical dish is “arrumadinho” – made with beans, jerked meat, tomatoes, onions, pepper, cilantro and manioc flour.

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