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Market day in Alecrim district

Market day in Alecrim district

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Natal (Portuguese for "Christmas", pronounced [naˈtaw]) is the capital city of Rio Grande do Norte, a north eastern state in Brazil. As of the IBGE 2006, the city had a total population of 789,896 ( 1,234,819 in its metropolitan area).

There are relatively few imponent buildings, like the Forte dos Reis Magos and the Museu da Camara Cascudo.
The main reason to come here is to tan, swim an have fun.

With its dozens of sandy, white beaches, such as Ponta Negra and its famous Morro do Careca, Tabatinga - the cliff of dolphins, Pirangi, Redinha, and Jenipabú with its famous fixed sand dunes and imported dromedaries, tourism is the most important industry of Natal, attracting Brazilians, Europeans, and Americans alike.

The beaches stretch well over 9 km, from the Fort to the Lighthouse. There are snack bars everywhere and surf is really the must.

The Dunas de Genipabu Ecological Park is considered the second largest urban park in Brazil. It includes 1,172 hectares of land, and allows for observation of several vegetable and animal species, which are typical of the Atlantic Forest. The tour is along a trail, accompanied by trained guides. The park also has a jogging track, and stays open for visitors from Tuesday to Sunday.

In accordance with the IPEA (Institute of Applied Economic Research of Brazil), the city is the capital of Brazil safer


Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natal%2C_Rio_Grande_do_Norte#Education

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