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About Palmas

Palmas is a Brazilian city, is the capital and largest city in the state of Tocantins. The city was founded on May 20, 1989, shortly after the creation of Tocantins in the 1988 Constitution.

Before this date, Palmas was originally planned by architects Luiz Fernando Teixeira Cruvinel and Walfredo Antunes de Oliveira Filho, and thereafter, the city began to be built by workers who came from the interior of the Tocantins and several other states.

However, only from the 1st of January 1990, which is Palmas became the permanent capital of the state since before the city had not yet physically able to host the state government, who was assigned temporarily to the neighboring municipality of Miracema.

After 23 years, the population reaches 235,316 inhabitants, 70% of the blocks are inhabited already paved. The same occurred with sanitation and clean water that reaches 98% of the population. In general the city is characterized by its planning, because it was created almost the same form of Brasilia, with the areas of environmental preservation, good parks, hospitals and schools.

Second safest capital of Brazil, surpassed only by Christmas, is also the last city of the twentieth century completely planned, since the city was born and was designed from the start to be the capital of the state of Tocantins, and also the newest state capital the country. The city is also characterized by being the second capital with better quality of life in Northern Brazil.

The growth of Palmas was too large during the 1990s. In 1991 the city had a population of 24,261 inhabitants. In 2000, the city had grown to 130,528 inhabitants. Its urbanization has also grown in recent years. Despite a slowdown, Palmas has an economic growth of 8.7%, higher than the national index and Tocantins.

With average temperatures of around 27 degrees, Palmas offers freshwater beaches to refresh visitors. Around the lake the plant - an area of ​​160 kilometers long - are the beaches of Graciosa, La Plata and Arnos, surrounded by stalls and kiosks and perfect for water sports. The sunset is crowded in Graciosa, sandy better infrastructure.

When it comes to culture, the pride of the city is the Memorial Luis Carlos Prestes, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The space includes exhibition hall and collection consists of photographs, documents and objects donated by the family Prestes. Already for the art site visit Fair Grove, which happens on Sundays in the Grove of the Pioneers, Space and People, with works of artisans of the capital and surrounding cities. The pieces in golden grass, like jewelry, bags and utensils enchant women of all ages.

On the issue of ecotourism, the main attractions are the Taquaraçu district, 27 kilometers. The climate is mild and suitable for walks leading to dozens of waterfalls amidst hills of Lageado. Hire a guide and add the script to the waterfall Fazenda Encantada, a sequence of six waterfalls amidst native bush. The area also offers wells for bathing and practicing rappelling. Already the waterfalls of Roncador, with 50 meters; Sambaíba and draw attention on account of the natural pools.


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