Teresina is the capital of the State of Piaui, Brazil. It is a hot, sleepy, unpretentious town. It is known as one of the hottest cities of Brazil, and is also an important center for hospitals and other health-related institutions.
Formerly called Nova Vila do Poti, Teresina replaced Oeiras as capital of Piauí in 1852. The city was named after the Brazilian Emperor's wife.
Parque Potycabana. Potycabana Park is Teresina’s water wonder-world, situated in front of Teresina Shopping.
Mercado Troca-Troca ("barter"). This is a place to exchange your kitchen sink for an old bicycle rather than buy a memento of Brazil. The market started under the vast fig tree that now stands behind the permanent roofing, on the banks of the River Parnaíba. It is fun for those who like a good rummage; the more refined may wish to give it a miss.
Catedral de Nossa Senhora do Amparo
Museu Histórico do Piauí. This state museum is divided into a series of exhibition rooms devoted to the history of the state; religious art; popular art; archaeology; fauna, flora and minerals; and an eclectic assortment of antique radios, projectors and other ancient wonders. Hidden in the corner of one room is a pathetic cabinet containing a flag, kerchief and some scribbled notes from comunistas, a flexible term used here to describe a group of independent thinkers, who were wiped out by the government in 1937. Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 8 to 11AM and 3 to 6PM, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to noon.
Palácio de Karnak. This Greco-Roman structure once functioned as the governor's residence and contained valuable works of art and antiques. In the late '80s, the outgoing governor made a quick exit, together with many of the valuable contents.
Parque Zoobotânico do Piauí, Rodovia PI 112, KM 5, Tel.: (86) 232-4093, Fax: (86) 222-1415. The botanical park is on the road going north from Teresina towards União. The zoo part of the park is fifty years behind the West with bored unhappy animals (including a blind lion) in cages and insects on pins. Happily the armadillos (tatu) are not in cages and are free to wander around the park with the visitors. Don’t swim in the lake – it is full of caimans (jacaré). The main attraction of the park is the collection of local flora.
June-November. River beaches. The rivers levels fall between June and November, exposing large sand banks known as the “crowns of the rivers”. These are turned into popular river “beaches” complete with life-guards and vendors selling fried fish straight out of the rivers.
June 29 - Procissão de São Pedro. A penitential procession of boats on the river Parnaíba.
July - Teresina hosts the three-day Micarana festival, attracting top artists and visitors from all over Brazil - and no foreigners.
November - Salão Internacional de Humor. The city is given over to cartoons and caricatures, attracting participants from Brazil and abroad.
The Albertão Stadium (aka Estádio Governador Alberto Tavares Silva) is the place to watch local football/soccer matches. The stadium has capacity for 60,000 people.
Both shopping malls, -right across the bridge from Avenida Frei Serafim, have cinemas. Special offers on weekdays before 6 PM.
Centro Artesanal. This is an outlet for artisan products from all over the state. Items on sale include: leather articles; furniture; lacework; hammocks; opals and soapstone (from Pedro II); and liqueurs and confectionery made from genipapo, caju and maracujá.
A few cheapies in front of the bus station, although this location is inconvenient if you don´t have your own car.
The area between the centre and the hospital zone, south and east of Avendida Frei Serafim, is dotted with cheap pensões, although many of these seem more like hospital waiting rooms.
O Encontro das Aguas. The river Poti flows into the river Parnaíba on its way to the Atlantic, 8 km north of the center. In the dry season their colour difference is very distinct, and they continue flowing side by side, even when merged into one body. There is a floating restaurant, a monument over local fishermen´s legend and boat trips are offered for R$ 3. The meeting is easily accessible from the city at Av. Boa Esperança.