Maués

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Maués
Municipality
Sunset on the island Michilhes, within the municipality of Maués, Brazil.
Sunset on the island Michilhes, within the municipality of Maués, Brazil.
Flag of Maués
Flag
Official seal of Maués
Seal
Motto: Terra do guaraná
Land of Guaraná
Location of the municipality inside Amazonas
Location of the municipality inside Amazonas
Maués is located in Brazil
Maués
Maués
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 3°23′1″S 57°43′7″W / 3.38361°S 57.71861°W / -3.38361; -57.71861Coordinates: 3°23′1″S 57°43′7″W / 3.38361°S 57.71861°W / -3.38361; -57.71861
Country  Brazil
Region North
State Amazonas
Government
 • Mayor Carlos Roberto de Oliveira Júnior (PROS)
Area
 • Total 39,988.394 km2 (15,439.605 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 59,983
 • Density 1.50/km2 (3.9/sq mi)
Time zone BRT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) DST no longer used (UTC−4)

Maués is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Amazonas. Its population was 45,813 (2005) and its area is 39,988 km².[1]

Geography and location[edit]

Maués is known as the "Land of Guaraná". There are beautiful sandy beaches, and Maues summer festival and Guarana festival. The Mundurucus and Maues Indians cultivated the guarana fruit, which is the basis for the famous Brazilian soft drink. Maués means ¨talking parrots¨ and it is originated from one of the Indian clans in the region. Maués has 22.000 inhabitants with another 20.000 natives spread along 140 river villages.her 20.000 people distributed within 140 villages spread along the rivers. Maués is located on the side of Maués-Açu river and can be reached from Manaus (267 km away) by regional boat (18 hours), fast boat (7 hours) or plane (45 min.). Maués is an ideal starting point for adventure trekking including visit to the Amana waterfall, old goldmines, caves, exploration of primary jungle with Indian guides and visit to the Uraira developing reserve.[2]

Maués Airport serves the region.

Conservation[edit]

The municipality contains all or part of the Alto Maués Ecological Station, Amazônia National Park, Juruena National Park, Pau-Rosa National Forest, Maués State Forest and Andirá Marau Indigenous Territory. It is thought that the area has high gold mining potential.[3] The municipality contains the 538,081 hectares (1,329,630 acres) Urupadi National Forest, a sustainable use conservation unit created in 2016.[4] It includes the 59,137 hectares (146,130 acres) Urariá Sustainable Development Reserve, created in 2001.[5]

Cultivation of guaraná[edit]

One of the things Maués is known for is guaraná, and every year they celebrate this with the Guaraná festival. The festival typically includes live music, especially the local pagode dance which will involve the whole city in the festivities. The guarana fruit is used in the traditional Brazilian soft drink, sold in several varieties in Brazil. These soft drinks are now also exported to outside countries, and the guaraná is becoming a known ingredient in drinks for boosting energy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ IBGE - "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2007-01-09. 
  2. ^ http://amazonaslife.tripod.com/id15.html
  3. ^ Silvia de Melo Futada (17 October 2014), Dilma cria a Estação Ecológica Alto Maués (AM), a sétima Unidade Conservação esta semana (in Portuguese), ISA: Instituto Socioambiental, retrieved 2016-05-22 
  4. ^ FLONA de Urupadi (in Portuguese), ISA: Instituto Socioaambiental, retrieved 2016-07-06 
  5. ^ Silva, Michele Andreza P. da (August 2010), Plano Territorial de Desenvolvimento Rural Sustentável (PDF) (in Portuguese), Amazonas: Cáritas Arquidiocesana de Manaus, p. 38, retrieved 2016-10-29