Welcome to Itaqui, a charming municipality located in the southwestern part of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Situated close to the Argentinian border, between Uruguaiana and São Borja, Itaqui is a hidden gem that boasts a rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and mouthwatering local cuisine. Join us as we uncover the many treasures of Itaqui and reveal why this enchanting destination should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
== Geography ==
Itaqui sits at a mean altitude of 57 meters (187 ft), by the Uruguay River. The municipality contains part of the 4,392 hectares (10,850 acres) São Donato Biological Reserve, a strictly protected conservation unit created in 1975 that protects an area of wetlands on the Butuí River, a tributary of the Uruguay River.
== History ==
The city’s inhabitant demonym is Itaquiense / Gaúcho. The city’s patron saint is Saint Patrick. Theatro Prezewodowski, or Teatro Prezewodowski, was built in 1883 and is one of the oldest in South America. It is constructed of masonry, with a façade 15 meters high—an important characteristic being the mobile auditorium, which, with a special mechanism, puts the main floor level with the stage, for balls and other types of events. The façade above the main entrance is decorated with an entrance porch with two Roman columns. Windows are on either side of this main entrance on the ground and first floor levels, and the first floor has two doors with fences of iron. The name of the Theater is a hommage to Estanisláo Przewodowski, who fought in the Paraguayan War (1864–1870) and was of Polish-descendant, (he was born in Bahia) and then leader of the Flotilla of the High, Uruguay River, unit of the Brazilian Navy, that was anchored here in the waters of the Uruguay River in Itaqui, during approximately 40 years. The Prezewodowski Theater is situated in front of the Square Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca and at the side of the Municipal City hall. During many years the theater had been the scene of stage plays of great international theatrical companies, that played in Brazil, in the axis Porto Alegre-São Paulo-Rio de Janeiro, and then going on to Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Due to the ease of the river travel, these European companies always played in Itaqui’s Theater, giving to the city the nickname of Small Paris. Not only the foreign companies were attractions at the Theater, the biggest names of the Brazilian stage also have played in it, such as Prócopio Ferreira, Maria de La Costa, Nicete Bruno, Wilson Grey, Vicente Celestino and others famous artists from Teatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro).With the advent of the Second World War, that prevented the coming of theatrical companies to Brazil, the Theater went into decay.
== Economy ==
Itaqui is the second largest rice producer of the state, and CAMIL INC. is the largest rice producer of Latin America. It uses the brand name of CAMIL in rice, soya oil and beans that it produces. The company was created in Itaqui in the 60s, and has expanded its operations to São Paulo, Uruguay and the city of Camaquã and Maçambara. Together with Itaqui’s branch, JOSAPAR INC., from the city of Pelotas, it is the producer of TIO JOÃO brand name rice and is the 2nd major rice industry of Latin America.
== Conclusion ==
Itaqui is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s rich history, enjoying the breathtaking landscapes, or indulging in the mouthwatering local cuisine, Itaqui has something for everyone. So why wait? Book your trip to Itaqui today and discover the many treasures of this enchanting destination!