Serra da Capivara National Park

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Serra da Capivara National Park

Serra da Capivara National Park
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Important archeological site with cave paintings made by the prehistoric men.
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More than 3 hours
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MJD
Fremantle, Australia10 contributions
Unbelievable place even many Brazilians aren’t aware of!
Oct 2019 • Couples
This place has an incredible energy my partner and I found it comparable to Karijini National Park in our native Australia. The beautiful, untouched, semi-arid, prehistoric landscape is enough to draw me in. The amazing work of many archeologists from around the world (namely the founder, whose name I forget, sorry madamouselle) adds an extra element of unbelievable. Gives you a feeling of existential significance exploring the landscape and seeing the rupestres + other archeological findings by day and seeing the stars so clear by night. Magical place.

If you are driving around Nordeste do Brasil or have the opportunity by any other means to see this very isolated gem, I could not recommend enough. Thanks for having us Serra da Capivara National Park!

Some tips:
- There is much more accommodation there than what can be found online. Maybe book somewhere online the first night and if you don’t love it. Find a new one yourself or by word of mouth and negotiate a cash price.
- The guides are compulsory and expensive. As people who value the freedom of travelling independently we found this frustrating initially. But after finding the right guide in a village near one of the park entrances, we found the services to be very worth it - great info (Portuguese only) and plenty of hidden spots. Of course the idea is to protect the park first and foremost so there is no way around this one, get the right guy and you won’t feel like your coughing up for nothing.
- EcoRupestre Hostel was great. Lovely lady offering her house and hospitality for a decent price. Like staying at mum’s place (sorry Ótima if you are reading this).
Written 9 November 2019
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Timothy I
Joao Pessoa, PB272 contributions
Breath taking and unforgettable
Jan 2019 • Friends
The park is enormous and includes more than a thousand archeological sites as well as fauna and flora and utterly amazing scenery and geological formations. A visit to the park should be part of every Brazilians education and it should be included in tourist packages. It is amazing. You need a car and a guide to visit the park and at least two full days.
Written 23 January 2019
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CassiodeFigueiredo
Marseille, France14 contributions
A must-do in Brazil
Jan 2019
The Serra da Capivara National Park, and the work of almost 50 years of archaeologist Niède Guidon with the communities that live near its boundaries are marvels that I highly recommend.
However, the Park positions itself basing only in narratives of the past, that is, all you will see and hear refers to “extinct” peoples only, who left us their wonderful cave paintings. In so doing, the Park excludes the current discourses of present-day Amerindian descendants who lived, until recently within its boundaries. Important: you can only visit the park if you are accompanied by a local tour-guide, which is a good thing as this prevents vandalism and provides employment to locals. However, be extra careful with those local tour-guides: make sure you know exactly what you want to see on a given day and make sure he commits to taking you to those places - I advise you to buy beforehand a booklet at the Museum in São Raimundo, as soon as you arrive, it lists all you can see in the Park - and make sure your guide commits to guiding you for the whole day (from 7:30 to 17h), as they often invent false excuses to shorten their working day, such as, “there is a Jaguar with a baby here”, “there are ferocious bees there”...

Written 9 January 2019
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Nancy M
Durham, NC680 contributions
Stupendous!
Dec 2018 • Couples
This place is great. So many prehistoric sites to visit and experience along with beautiful vistas and more. We saw so many picturgraphs that I couldn’t begin to describe them. They are dated from 3000 to 12000 years ago but may be much older. Evidence has been found that humans first appeared here maybe 100,000 years ago. We also saw several interesting animals including monkeys, mocó (animal like a large guinea pig) lizards of several sizes and lots of birds. We went for 2 full days but there is enough to keep busy for a week. Remember to wear hiking boots or supportive walking shoes and bring lots of water cause there are lots of steps needed to access many of the sites. 17 sites are wheel chair accessible. This is an UNESCO heritage site and it deserves the designation. There is one site you can choose to see after dark. Spend the extra money because it is surreal.
Written 20 December 2018
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Senhorpowers
303 contributions
Amazing Place
Jul 2018 • Friends
A true hidden gem of Brazil. The region and the park are unique to nowhere else in Brazil. A true must on people's travel plans in Brazil.
Written 16 August 2018
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Igor Faraj
Natal, RN83 contributions
Touchable history
Mar 2018 • Solo
That is one of the greatest historical places I have been. It is an open air museum. This is located in a very remote area. You need to be accompanied by a guide to enter in the park. They offer the service in the main gate. The figures painted in the big wall and the rock hole are incredible amazing. The visiting can take a full day, but I only did the main spots with free guiding.
Written 30 March 2018
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R00catt
Claremont, CA229 contributions
If you like rock art, you must see this park
Sep 2017 • Couples
The countryside is beautiful -- cool and dry this time of year (September). The park is huge -- 129 hectares. The eroded landscape contains hundreds of amazing rock art sites, many with hundreds of figures each in the animated NE style. There are 17 sites with handicapped access! All are relatively easy and one can photograph with flash. Had a pleasant picnic at Pinga do Boi. Pedro Furada is important for archaeology, a must-see. Dirt roads go way in to remote areas -- take care.
Written 21 September 2017
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isaquii
Oslo, Norway11 contributions
Amazing park, keep it open!
Mar 2016 • Friends
Brazil's biggest national park. Greatly preserved wall painting, ranging from 5 to 30 000 years old. Great guides as well, incredibly empty and clean. Not to be missed, especially since it's probably closing soon. What a government Brazil has at the moment.
Written 3 August 2016
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Beatriz O
Sao Paulo, SP476 contributions
Unmissable!
Jun 2016 • Couples
Amazing place. Very few tourists. Clean, organized, full of things to see and trails to walk. One can watch the birds and monkeys and if you are really lucky, bump into a leopard! The tree colors in late June are beautiful. Bring sunblock, hat, good walking shoes and plenty of water. Very little is known about the prehistorical people who lived in the area. Our guide, Cida, does not speak English or Spanish, but if you are a Portuguese-speaker and around 45 or 50 years old, she is a GREAT choice. Her what's up is: 89 981149509. It is MANDATORY to have a guide in the park and as u r gonna have to rent a car, it is not a cheap program. You will need, at least, 3 days to start getting the feeling if the place: First day: Serra da Capivara e Serra Vermelha, second day: Serra Branca, third day: Serra Talhada - book the 35 minute night visit on your last day. Also, in June and July, you can see the swallows flying back into the cave at around 5:30pm. Amazing!
Written 27 June 2016
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Valmir S
23 contributions
The place to be in Piauí
Mar 2016 • Friends
Simply one of my favourite places in Piauí. A very accessible place with very competent guides to walk you through the process. Be sure to keep your bottle of water at hand. The weather is very dry and very hot. It's not so difficult to climb some of the rocks, so even if you're not a hard-core climber, you'll have no trouble. The history of the place is huge. Makes us think about life, humanity and history. Bottom line, I can't recommend this place enough. A must-have experience if you're around the area.
Written 5 March 2016
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