Mossoró

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About Mossoró

Mossoró is a Brazilian city in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. It belongs to the meso and micro Potiguar West namesake, being located at a distance of 285 km northwest of the state capital Natal. In 2011 its population was estimated at 263,344 inhabitants in IBGE, the second most populous Rio Grande do Norte and 94th nationwide.

 Mossoró is famous for salt, forming true pyramids of salt, and the June Festival, which comes to last a whole month. The neat stingray and mounted on the Arts Station, a former railway station that was renovated and now serves as a cultural center.

On stage, the shows of forró greats share the attention with the presentations of gangs and, in particular, with the staging of the day Lampião and his band were expelled from the city. It happened in 1927 and is still a source of pride for residents. To learn more about the movement, visit the Museum of Lauro Scotia, also known as the Museum Cangaço.

The biggest attraction in the area is 75 miles from the center. It´s Lajedo of Soledad, an archaeological park hidden in Apondi. The set of limestone preserved for thousands of years a plethora of animal fossils of ice age and inscriptions.

The adventure begins at the Museum of Solitude, in the district of the same name, where there are photos, explanatory panels and fossils. From there go to Lajedo tours. The tour lasts between one and two hours and runs for three areas: Macaws, with the highest concentration of paintings, Vulture, which are small caves and rocks dark eye waterline, with a natural pool in the rainy season and fossils, mainly from giant sloths.

Schedule the program to the prehistoric period in the morning when the temperature usually stays around 27 degrees - afternoon comes easy at 45. On the way back, take a boat trip around the lagoon Apondi, Cabugi enjoy the mountain, a dormant volcano, and make stops in biroscas to taste fruits and homemade sweets.

To enjoy the coastline, the following is applied to the town of Areia Branca, a little more than 50 miles of Mossoró, near the border with Ceará. The landscape meets scrub, sand dunes and salt, cliffs and sea.

On the beach of Ponta do Mel scenario gets even a lighthouse and a rustic village totally forgotten in time, while the Rosado beach dunes change color throughout the day.

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