is a town and
municipality in the state of Maranhão in the northeast region of
Brazil. It is loved by many people in Brazil for it's Carnaval, people
come from far away, even from Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Carnaval in
The village was founded on the 3rd of
October 1841, it officially
gained status of city on 9th of march 1920. Since then it has grown to
a population of 35.108 in 2009.
With an area reaching up to 935,59 km² it
has 37,5 inhabitants per km². The
distance to the capital of Maranhão (São Luiz) by road is
There are several ways of getting to
- There are busses going to
Cururupu from Belém and
São Luiz, stopping at different bus terminals along the way. The
road entering Cururupu is the MA-006.
- Aero Taxi flies you directly
from São Luiz to Cururupu
(CPU) is only 40 minutes. Cururupu has a small sandy landingstrip
suitable for smaller aircraft to land.
- By sea (and road) leaving from
the harbour in São Luiz
Cururupu is a great place for many things
These are a number of islands
along the coast of Cururupu, these
islands consist of sandy beaches, dunes and inpenetrable mangrove
forests. Ilha dos Lençóis can be reached by boat.
The local myth says that Dom
Sebastião, king of Portugal, lives
on the islands as an enchanted bull, with a star on it's forehead.
As mentioned before Carnaval is
greatly celebrated in Cururupu.
It is one of the busiest times of the year. With Carnaval lasting
several days there is a big party in the centre of Cururupu on the
Praça as well as in Area Branca (just down the bridge).
During the Carnaval period various
blocos march the streets dancing to
loud music and having fun. On the last night of Carnaval there is a
wonderful Carnaval parade going through the heart of the city.
In 2011 Carnaval will be held from the
5th of March, officially ending
on the 9th of March.
Literally translated this means "Forest
of the Scarlet Ibis", due to
the fact this animal is abundent is these forests they named the forest
after the bird.
Floresta dos Guarás is located in
the municipalities of Cedral,
Mirinzal and Porto Rico do Maranhäo. The area is covered with
rainforest jungle, rivers and a rich flora and fauna.