Triunfo in Pernambuco had a few years of economic exuberance – lived mainly during the 1920s – were enough for the city to earn the title of “Princess of the Sertão”.
The elite of Triunfo, 450 kilometers from Recife, declined along with the sugar cane and coffee plantations, but left its mark: near the Neo-Gothic Nossa Senhora das Dores church and around the beautiful Borborema reservoir in the center, the houses with old and well-kept facades are an attraction; the Guarany Theatre sums up the glory days; the Cangaço Museum brings together a significant collection from the time when the Northeast was dominated by bandits.
Triunfo is home to the highest point in Pernambuco – the Papagaio peak – and, in a little corner that leads to the Pinga waterfall, mills such as São Pedro, which produces rapadura all year round.
Another typical delicacy of the city are the São Nicolau cookies, made of honey, cinnamon and cloves. The recipe was brought by German nuns in 1939.
Sister Isabel’s biscuits are sold at the Stella Maris community on request (sítio Horta, 5, Centro).
To get to Triunfo from Recife, take the BR-232 to Serra Talhada and, from there, the PE-365 for 31 kilometers.
TURISM IN TRIUNFO
Few municipalities have the privilege of gathering as many attractions as Triunfo in Pernambuco, starting with the climate, which contradicts the aridity of the northeastern hinterland, with temperatures oscillating between 8ºC in winter and 28ºC in summer.
The Pernambuco municipality of Triunfo, 399 km from Recife and at an altitude of 1,004m, has different vegetation from that which predominates in the region and a variety of places to visit without similar in the entire Northeastern Sertão. With all this Triunfo has come to be known as “The Oasis in the Sertão”.
Everything in Triunfo seems to be exquisitely carved: the streets full of slopes and paved with cobblestones, the simple houses, the old buildings dating from the 19th century, the secular and traditional convent and churches, the buildings in rough stone, the history of the cangaço that make us go back in time, the viewpoints, waterfalls, caves, the beautiful view that the Pico do Papagaio one of the highest point of Pernambuco with 1260 m provides, from where the view six cities of the Pajeú valley, the caretas with their costumes that leave visitors curious and dazzled by such beauty with more than a century of existence.
The famous João Barbosa Sitônio dam located in the city center, adorned by the presence of the Cine Teatro Guarany inaugurated in 1922 and built with rock and whale oil to give sustainability to the three floors of the building that is one of the 20 Wonders of Pernambuco according to a vote held by Fundarpe and without forgetting the cable car that has its seats moved over the mountains of Triunfo passing over the waters of the dam.
Everyone who visits Triunfo has a real lesson in architecture, history and culture. City of hospitable people, surrounded by mountains and evergreen vegetation.
SENGERS OF RAPADURA
The rapadura capital of the Pernambuco hinterland, Triunfo has more than sixty rustic and secular mills producing, between July and December, the brick of sugar that is not lacking on the northeastern table.
The São Pedro mill, the most organized of them, produces organic cachaça and liqueurs all year round (Bela Vista site, rural area, 500m from the center).
On the way to the mills is also the Pinga waterfall. To visit it, it is necessary to hire a local guide, as access is not signposted. The waterfall consists of three falls – one wide, with a bathing well, and another higher, about 50 meters high.
The third, in the dry season, just drips – hence the name of the place, used by the locals for the practice of rapeI.
MUSEU DO CANGAÇO
The museum of cangaҫo, founded in 1971, has in its collection weapons, clothes, photographs and objects of the cangaceiros – from Corisco’s dagger to a 1916 tray that belonged to Lampião and an old accordion.
The same building also houses the City Museum, with utilitarian items collected from Triunfo homes, and the Sacred Art Museum, which features the wheel of the rejected, where unwanted babies were deposited by their mothers to be raised in convents or monasteries. Praҫa Monsenhor Eliseu, s/n.
The idea of building a large Guarany Theater in Triunfo came from the merchant brothers Manuel and Carolino Siqueira Campos.
Inaugurated in 1922, the Guarany had a short period of glory. Still in the 1920s, it fell into decay due to the political and economic decline of Triunfo.
It then functioned as a bar and underwent many changes inside. Today, it has resumed its original function and opens for shows on special dates, when it can accommodate an audience of up to 180 people; however, visitors are allowed to visit the premises all year round. Praҫa Carolino Campos, s/n, Center.
PICO DO PAPAGAIO
The peak is the highest point of Pernambuco, with 1260 meters of altitude. To reach the top, it is necessary to drive for about an hour 9 kilometers on a very bumpy road full of boulders, but in the end the traveler is rewarded with a beautiful view of the region.
Francisco Pinheiro, or Chico Santeiro, traveled a lot through the sertão before settling in Triunfo.
Today he is known as the city’s greatest artist – a reputation that is justly deserved, because his wooden saints are indeed remarkable: expressive features, luxurious clothes, curved postures, striking style and exquisite workmanship. Av. Getúlio Vargas, 206, Centro.
Triunfo Travel and Tourism Guide in Pernambuco