How about some Chambari (Brazilian braised veal shank), carne seca (jerked beef), or some local cerrado fruit? The capital city in the state of Tocantins has extremely varied local cuisine. Visitors who enjoy culinary tourism in between activities at amazingly beautiful natural settings will find Palmas is the ideal destination for them.

The state of Tocantins is full of surprises! Influenced by different regions in the country, the youngest state in Brazil has attractions that include wonderful landscapes and rich cultural identity. And this fantastic mixture reflects in the local cuisine, one of the best things about the city of Palmas. 

Buriti , the fruit of the buriti palm tree.

Due to its historical connection to the state of Goiás, Tocantins inherited many customs from the neighboring state, including some of its local cuisine. Inhabitants from different parts of the country who migrated to the region also brought over cultural references and peculiarities with them, which have also been added to local dishes. 

Local cuisine includes rustic and sophisticated dishes, such as Grilled Peacock Bass and chambari (braised veal shank), called ossobuco in other regions of the country. Paçoca de carne de sol, a mixture of toasted cassava flour with shredded sun-dried beef, onions, and garlic is a big-time favorite among visitors and locals alike

Ingredients from the Cerrado biome are also important for local recipes, including castanha de baru (nuts from a local tree named baru), guariroba (a type of bitter palm native to Brazil), and pequi (souari nuts). Buriti, the fruit of the moriche palm tree (also called Buriti tree in Brazil), is widely used in local products such as drinks, oil, ice cream, cream, jams, and liqueurs. 

As far as local sweets go, a good option is the popular biscoito amor-perfeito (perfect love cookies). This traditional local cookie is handmade and its ingredients include sweet manioc starch, sugar, butter, coconut milk, and salt. It is so good it melts in your mouth, a delicious experience. 

Tocantins will provide tourists with incomparable local cuisine and sensations. It’s the perfect balance between tradition and modern times. Local attractions are ready for your visit. Come enjoy the local flavors!  

By Plane
+55 (63) 3219-3700
Palmas Airport, Brigadeiro Lysias Rodrigues, operates regular flights from the main cities in the country. The international airport closest to Palmas is located in the capital, Brasília. 

By Bus
+55 (63) 3228-5688
Road access to the State of Tocantins is mainly through Highway BR-153. There are several companies at the Bus Terminal in Palmas which operate state and interstate bus routes daily.

By Bus
The city offers several intercity bus routes. If you want more information on routes and timetables, please visit SETURB, the transport authority in the city. 

Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A good way to get around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car. 

Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a comfortable way to get around the city of Palmas.

Useful Numbers

Tourist Information Center:
+55 (63) 2111-2771
Public Security Department:
+55 (63) 3218-1800

Military Police: 190
Paramedics: 192
Fire Department: 193

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Local Weather

The best period to visit Palmas is between the months of July and September, when there is less rain and temperatures drop a little, making the weather more pleasant.