Location in São Paulo state
|• Mayor||Marcelo Fortes Barbieri|
|• Total||1,004 km2 (388 sq mi)|
|Elevation||664 m (2,178 ft)|
|• Density||230/km2 (580/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BRT/BRST (UTC-3/-2)|
|Area code||+(55) 16|
Araraquara (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾaɾɐˈkwaɾɐ] or [aˌɾaɾɐˈkwaɾɐ]) is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population is 226,508 (2015 est.) in an area of 1004 km². It is also known as "the abode of the sun," because of its impressive sunset and because of its hot atmosphere, especially in summer. The city was founded in 1817.
Origins of the name
The two versions come from similar expressions "arará kûara" and "arara kûara", which means "lair of the macaw´s".
The city downtown is filled with bars, especially around colleges, as it has a high flux of students from nearby cities.
The city is served by Bartolomeu de Gusmão Airport.
- Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística
- Navarro, Eduardo (2013). Dicionário de Tupi Antigoː a Língua Indígena Clássica do Brasil. São Paulo: Global. p. 544.
- Media related to Araraquara at Wikimedia Commons
- Araraquara travel guide from Wikivoyage
- (in Portuguese) Official website
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