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Brazil State Pernambuco.svg
Bandeira de Pernambuco.svg
Quick Facts
Capital Recife
Government Brazilian State
Currency Real (R$) (BRL)
Area 98,311.616 km2
Population 8,931,028 (2012 est.)
Language Official:Portuguese
Regionally Spoken:English, Spanish
Religion n/a
Electricity In general 127V/60Hz with some cities using 220V/60Hz (North American or European plug)
Time Zone UTC -3(No DST)
Olinda, one of the state's most important historic towns
Pernambuco [1] is a state in Northeast Brazil.



Pernambuco's main touristic attractions are in Recife (state capital), Olinda, Porto de Galinhas and Fernando de Noronha. A plethora of other cities and towns are also of touristic interest.

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Besides having some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, Pernambuco also has a rich history (including Olinda, one of the oldest cities in Brazil, plus Portuguese, Dutch and Jewish heritage in Recife, etc.) and a strong popular culture found in its folklore, food and handicrafts. The official tourism site of Pernambuco has some detailed information (in Portuguese only) on the state.


Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

BR 101 is a main Brazilian Federal road who connects Recife with Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador on the south leg; and Natal, Joao Pessoa on the north leg. The state also has BR232 and BR 408 which connects with another state cities and Campina Grande (BR408).

By air[edit]

Recife has a large international airport with daily non-stop flights to Lisbon, Madrid, Miami, almost all Brazilian state capitals; and also has seasonal charters from Frankfurt, Milan, Paris and Buenos Aires. Caruaru, Petrolina and Fernando de Noronha have regional airports.

By sea[edit]

You can arrive in cruise ships at the Port of Recife [2] or at the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago. The cruises come from Europe (usually Lisbon and Malaga) or from the Americas (usually Miami, Buenos Aires and Santos).

By river[edit]

You can arrive in Petrolina via the Sao Francisco River. The navigable part of the river covers the states of Minas Gerais, Bahia and Pernambuco.

Get around[edit]

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  • Carnival in Recife, Olinda, Bezerros, Triunfo
  • São João celebrations in Caruaru, Recife, Gravatá, Carpina
  • Paixão de Cristo (Christ's Passion) in Nova Jerusalém, during Easter break
  • Missa do Vaqueiro (Cowboy Mass), in Serrita

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Stay safe[edit]

Pernambuco has the highest murder rate of any Brazilian state, a whopping 50.7 per 100,000. Be cautious in many areas of the state.

In November 2015, Brazil declared a health emergency in Pernambuco due to 646 cases of microcephaly in newborn babies. It is a possibility that microcephaly is caused by infection with the Zika virus in pregnant women. If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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