These pictures reveal the several facets of Pernambuco, in Brazil
Different Brazilian photographers share their impressions of the rhythms, parties, heritages and landscapes in this state in northeastern Brazil.
Recife: The capital is a bubbling cultural cauldron: here you can find exponents of Brazilian cinema, art institutions, riveting museums and delicious restaurants
One of the state’s most traditional rhythms, frevo is celebrated throughout the city: Paço do Frevo, installed in an old manor, is located in Recife Antigo.
Culinary arts: Sweet treats are part of the Pernambuco history — so much so that the bolo de rolo has become a cultural heritage. This dessert has a very thin layer of dough and guava paste filling. Another local delicacy, the cake known as Souza Leão is made from puba, a fermented manioc dough. Incidentally, manioc flour is used for something else: in a heated skillet, it coalesces into tapioca gum.
Olinda: Olinda has 24 religious structures, including churches, monasteries, chapels and convents. The city is extremely colorful: each house has a different shade and the doors and windows have strong colors.
Parties: Over 60 Carnaval street blocos liven up Olinda to the sound of maracatu, samba, coco, afoxé and frevo. Traditionally from inland Pernambuco, 11.5-foot [3.5 m] tall dolls have been occupying the hills of Olinda since the Carnaval of 1931. Among the most traditional rhythms, frevo and maracatu stand out.
Beaches: Porto de Galinhas is one of the most incredible regions in northeastern Brazil. At low tide, natural pools form between the coral reefs. Diving in the clear waters is a great way to experience the local fauna. Poço da Paixão is a good place for this.