THE - Teresina



The fact that it is not on the coast is not the only thing that distinguishes Teresina from the other state capitals in the Brazilian northeast. The entire northeast has cashews, but only here is this fruit transformed into the exotic cajuína, a drink that’s as delicious as it is difficult to classify (can you imagine an alcohol-free liqueur? You’re on the right track).

Teresina is also the only state capital whose metropolitan area extends to the neighboring state – specifically, Timon, in Maranhão. And it’s one of the few that can boast a subway line. In addition to the business and service districts, Teresina has become an important medical center – people from many states look for its clinics and hospitals.

As you fly over the city, look for the two rivers that frame it – Poti and Parnaíba – and merge just to the north of the airport.


Start by understanding Teresina’s topography. Go to the lookout, above the recently-opened Poti River cable-stayed bridge, and then take a boat trip along the Parnaíba River to the point where the waters converge, to the north of the city (have lunch at the floating restaurant anchored there).

Go shopping. Pieces from local artisans and ceramics from Serra da Capivara can be found at the Mestre Dezinho Crafts Center, Downtown, and in the studios in the Poty Velho neighborhood.

The city also has churches, museums, parks and water parks such as the Curva do São Paulo. When you stop to eat, don’t forget to try out the strong Piauí cuisine. Maria Isabel rice, made with sundried meat and crunchy bacon, goes perfectly with a nice, cold cajuína.