Avenida Presidente Castelo Branco, better known as Beira Rio, is a significant avenue in the city of Blumenau, state of Santa Catarina.
Situated along the banks of the Itajaí Azú River, one of the region’s key waterways, the avenue was built in the 1960s to improve transport infrastructure and provide a recreational area for the community. Beira Rio is not only an important transport route, but also a tourist attraction, offering panoramic views of the river and city.
The Itajaí Açu River, a key watercourse in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, originates in Serra do Mar, municipality of Ituporanga, before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at the municipality of Itajaí. Flowing through the Blumenau region, it represents an important water resource for the city and its inhabitants.
The total length of the Itajaí Azú River is 250 kilometers and its hydrographic basin covers an area of 35,298 square kilometers, representing 14% of the territory of the State of Santa Catarina. The river serves as a source of water for approximately 2 million people in the region.