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Brazil State Pernambuco.svg
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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.

  • Recife, the vibrant state capital.

Other destinationsEdit


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 inEdit

By roadEdit

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 airEdit

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 seaEdit

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 riverEdit

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 aroundEdit





  • 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



Stay safeEdit

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.

Get outEdit

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