Formosa do Rio Preto

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Formosa do Rio Preto
The Municipality of Formosa do Rio Preto
Localization of the city
Localization of the city
Coordinates: 11°02′52″S 45°11′34″W / 11.04778°S 45.19278°W / -11.04778; -45.19278Coordinates: 11°02′52″S 45°11′34″W / 11.04778°S 45.19278°W / -11.04778; -45.19278
FoundedDecember 22, 1961
 • MayorManoel Afonso de Araujo (PMN)
 • Total16,185.171 km2 (6,249.129 sq mi)
 • Total21,827
 • Density1.3/km2 (3/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST)UTC11° 02' 52" S 45° 11' 34" O
HDI (2000)0.646 – medium[2]

Formosa do Rio Preto is the westernmost and largest (by area) city in the Brazilian state of Bahia. It is also the largest in all Northeastern Brazil.

The municipality contains part of the 707,079 hectares (1,747,230 acres) Serra Geral do Tocantins Ecological Station, a strictly protected conservation unit created in 2001 to preserve an area of cerrado.[3] It also contains part of the 724,324 hectares (1,789,840 acres) Nascentes do Rio Parnaíba National Park, created in 2002.[4]


  1. ^ IBGE 2008 statistics
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-12-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) UNDP
  3. ^ Unidade de Conservação: Estação Ecológica Serra Geral do Tocantins (in Portuguese), MMA: Ministério do Meio Ambiente, retrieved 2016-05-28
  4. ^ Unidade de Conservação: Parque Nacional das Nascentes do Rio Parnaíba (in Portuguese), MMA: Ministério do Meio Ambiente, retrieved 2016-05-01