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Recife, the capital of Pernambuco state, is a perfect example of a city which mixes present and past very well indeed. The modern day buildings tower along the beachfront standing prominent along the skyline whilst at ground level the streets and monuments really do bring the history books to life.

On the outskirts of the capital, the golden period of the ‘sugar cane civilisation’ is brought to life when you witness the sea-bound pointing cannons, churches and colonial mansions along with monuments and old sugar cane mills preserving the treasured history of this region.

Olinda, which was the first capital of Pernambuco state, is a cultural heritage centre which spans over seven hills within the region providing the visitor the chance to walk through it’s winding and sloping streets enjoying the architecture, numerous restaurants and bars offering rich cultural cuisine and a lively nightlife. Olinda also hosts one of the liveliest and most colourful carnivals in Brazil.

Pernambucano folklore combines with dance and rhythms such as the ‘Maracatu’, ‘Quadrilha’, ‘Ciranda’ and ‘Fandango’, although ‘Frevo’ is the State’s favourite!

The State organises very popular religious and cultural events throughout the calendar year and one of the highlights being in June when the ‘Forro’ takes over the whole state. In particular, the city of Caruaru comes to life with accordionists playing and partying in the streets and restaurants with street fires being ignited everywhere to mark the celebration of ‘São João’ (St. John).

Pernambuco is the second largest economy of Brazil’s North East region and produces a Gross National Product (GNP) in the region of R$17 billion which is equivalent to Chilé and higher than countries such as Paraguay and Uruguay.

Sugar cane still contributes to 40% of Pernambuco’s economy along with ever increasing tourism results.


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