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The margin of Tucuruí city.jpg
Flag of Tucuruí
Nickname(s): Capital of Energy
Country  Brazil
Region Northern
State Pará
Mesoregion Sudeste Paraense
Emancipation December 31, 1947
Founded 1779
 • Mayor Jones William (PMDB)
 • Total 2,086.17 km2 (805.47 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 108,885
 • Density 52.19/km2 (135.2/sq mi)
Time zone UTC -3

Tucuruí is a municipality in the state of Pará in the Northern region of Brazil.[1][2][3][4]

The city is served by Tucuruí Airport.

The name Tucuruí is a Tupi word that means "river of ants" or "river of locusts". It's the concatenation of two tupi words: tukura (ants, locusts) and 'y (water). The city is very famous because of its colossal Dam, the Tucuruí Dam which is administered by Eletrobrás Eletronorte - the constructor company of this large infrastructure project.


Currently, Tucuruí city's economy is based on agriculture and general commerce. During its 60 years the commerce activity varied a lot. In the beginning there was a railroad for draining out the production of the Brazil Nut (known in Brazil as "Pará's Nut"), a very abundant available product in the region. The Tucuruí Dam developed the municipality and brought large industries for the region.


Boats in Tucuruí. In the background: the Tucuruí Sluice.
The lighthouse in Tucuruí's pier. It was used a long time ago to signal the navigation through the rocks in the river
This is the Tocantins River in Tucuruí.

In Tucuruí you can explore the dam lake, one of the largest artificial lakes ever made by man. It has 74,6 meters of depth and more than 2.500 kilometers of total extension. You can visit islands, fishing Cichla or Tambaqui and see natural beauties that you can only find in Amazon. You can also explore the historical site of city with some old buildings and the Museum of Extinct Railroad - the historical museum with a lot of pictures and objects from the city beginning. You can check the train that was used in the period of Brazil Nut that was restored and placed in front of the Eletrobás Eletronorte Cultural Center. You can come in the Cultural Center and schedule a visit inside the hydroelectric dam to know how it works.

In February you can come for Tucuruí carnival party, one of the most known in region. In June, there is the Tucunaré's festival (Cichla Festival), the festival where a lot of traditional preparations of fish are served.


Tucuruí has a privileged lake with a lot of species of fish. Naturally, the local gastronomy has a lot of fish on it. The most known is the Peixe no Saco (Fish in the Bag). The Peixe no Saco is a preparation of Chichla or Tambaqui with a wide variety of spices and herbs placed within the fish's stomach. The fish is then placed on a special waterproof bag with Soy sauce and roasted in oven or in firewood.

There are also other gastronomy options like the known indigenous food of the region. There is the Tacacá (a kind of broth made of tucupi, jambu [a native variety of paracress], starch and shrimp served in a gourd usually to drink without spoon or fork. There is just a toothpick for eating the shrimps and the herbs) and the Vatapá and maniçoba.


Tucuruí airport is located about 10 km far from the city. It is currently served only by Azul Brazilian Airlines.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Divisão Territorial do Brasil" (in Portuguese). Divisão Territorial do Brasil e Limites Territoriais, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). July 1, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Estimativas da população para 1º de julho de 2009" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Estimativas de População, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). August 14, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ranking decrescente do IDH-M dos municípios do Brasil" (in Portuguese). Atlas do Desenvolvimento Humano, Programa das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento (PNUD). 2000. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Produto Interno Bruto dos Municípios 2002-2005" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). December 19, 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 

Coordinates: 3°42′S 49°42′W / 3.700°S 49.700°W / -3.700; -49.700