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About Carmo do Rio Claro, MG
Carmo do Rio Claro is the city in which we have begun working. It is located in the southwest part of the state of Minas Gerais.
(The insert in the upper left corner of the picture shows the country of Brazil in grey and the state of Minas Gerais in red. The rest of the picture shows the state of Minas Gerais in cream and the city of Carmo do Rio Claro in red.)
The city limits cover an area of 411 sq. miles. That means, that its land area is only 49 sq. miles smaller than the city of San Antonio, TX.
(These two images show the area covered by Carmo do Rio Claro)
But don’t be fooled by the area covered by the city. It may sound large, but it only has a population of about 20,000 people. In contrast, San Antonio, TX has 1.3 million people. In Carmo do Rio Claro, most of the people live right in town, which leave much of the area within the 411 sq. miles to be farm land.
(Zoomed in from the previous satellite image to show where most of the people live.)
(A closer satellite image of the town.)
The economy is driven by tourism, agriculture, and handcrafts. The city is mostly know for their candy and the loom-style handcrafts.
The rainy season is from December – February, and the dry season is from April – September.
**(The above images are taken from maps.google.com and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmo_do_Rio_Claro)