The capital of Piauí Teresina is flat, with parallel and perpendicular streets, in an easy-to-circulation urban layout.

Teresina is the only capital in the Northeast that does not have a coastline. The lack of beaches, however, is compensated for by other attractions, such as the meeting of the Poty and Parnaíba rivers, good restaurants with typical cuisine and good shopping in terms of crafts and clothing. To alleviate the year-round heat that plagues the city, parks and tree-lined squares are spread across streets and avenues.

The most traditional walk in Teresina is the one that leads to the rivers. The boats depart from the Encontro dos Rios Environmental Park, in the Poty Velho neighborhood, which houses a nucleus of ceramists. On the way back from the tour, discover the beautiful works.

To buy wooden art – a specialty of Piauí handicraft, especially when the theme is religious – go around the Central de Artesanato, in Praça Pedro II. Oratories, saints and biblical characters are the most beautiful pieces, as well as bags and placemats made with buriti wood fibers.

When it's time to taste the local cuisine, head to the other side of the Poty River. In the neighborhoods of Fátima, Jóquei and São Cristóvão there are some of the best restaurants in the city. To whet your appetite, try the tiquira, a manioc brandy.

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