Neither of these two towns – Central do Maranhão nor Mirinzal – located in the interior of the state of Maranhão, will top any list of tourist spots in Brazil. In fact, as we visited them a couple weeks ago it was clear to us that the people there were largely unaccustomed to seeing outsiders.
What makes these two out-of-the way Brazilian villages candidates for a “Best of Brazil” post? Simply this: I believe they represent truly what is the best of Brazil. The community, tradition, history, and genuine (as opposed to synthetic, made-for-tourist) culture are some of the characteristics that I enjoy the most in this country. I picked these two towns because of our recent visit, but they could be any number of similar small towns that dot the landscape of Brazil.
Incidentally, the reason for our visit was so that Itacyara and a couple of her siblings could revisit the area where their parents and extended family grew up.
Brazil’s interior is an immensely fascinating place. Perhaps if you visit us sometime, we can show you around.
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