If you are planning to cross beyond the borders of Aracaju, then you might be glad to find out that there are several places of interest that are in proximity to the city. Among these are the river São Francisco, Xingó Dam, and Maceió.
The longest in Brazil, São Francisco stretches up to 2,914 kilometers. It runs entirely in the Brazilian territory and is known as fourth among the longest rivers in South America – next to Amazon, Paraná, and Madeira. The natives used to call the river Opara, just before the colonization.
São Francisco originates from the state of Minas Gerais, specifically in the Canastra mountain range. From there, it runs north to the state of Bahia then to the states of Pernambuco and Alagoas before heading to Sergipe. After traversing these states, the river then connects to the Atlantic Ocean.
Considered a very important river of the country, São Francisco, which was discovered on October 4, 1501, by Amerigo Vespucci (a Florentine navigator) is also often referred to as the “river of national integration” as it unites the various regions of Brazil.
Because of the river’s age, it has stood witness to a number of important events in the country and has played an essential part in their culture.
Bordering the states of Alagoas and Sergipe, Xingó Dam is a concrete dam on the river of São Francisco. Constructed in 1987, the dam was specifically built for water supply, navigation, and hydroelectric power generation. Currently, it supports about 3,162 MW power station.
Situated 290 kilometers from Aracaju is the city Maceió. The largest, as well as the capital city of Alagoas, the city’s name, is of Indian origin referring to the water flowing from its soils. It also boasts of many beautiful beaches that showcase clear waters that range from emerald green to blue in color.
Other the beaches, tourists should also not miss to check out the cultural attractions of the city. With buildings dating from many centuries ago, visitors will have a “blast from the past” in Maceió. Some of the itsvery interesting structures include the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pleasures which was constructed in 1840, the Historical Institute Museum, the Floriano Peixoto Palace and Deodoro Theatre which have also been standing in the city for quite some time now.
If you have not grown tired with the seafood in Aracaju, you might also try Maceió’s own seafood delicacies.
There is indeed no reason not to enjoy your stay in Aracaju. While you can easily explore the city, you can also go see other places near it.