Serra das Confusions National Park – Tourism Guide

Serra das Confusions National Park PI
Serra das Confusions National Park PI

The Serra das Confusions National Park is located in the southwest region of the State of Piauí, more specifically in the upper middle of the Gurgueia redemption. In addition, its gateway is located in the city of Caracol.

To get to the city, you need to take BR-116, then BR-343 and BR-230.

When arriving in Floriano, it is necessary to “take” the PI-140 until reaching Canto do Buriti. then go through Raimundo Nonato, and after passing through PI-144 until arriving in the city of Caracol.

The name Serra das Confusãos National Park is due to the rocky mountains that reflect colors of various shades, bewildering those who observe them from afar.

still wild, the Serra das Confusions National Park was created in 1998, to protect a territory of 502.411 hectares that shelters little-known prehistoric sites, dispersed among rocks and extensions of caatinga.

map of Piauí
map of Piauí

In this scenario, animals such as the giant anteater, the puma and the jaguar live together, as well as the largest bat in the Americas, the species Vampyrum Spectrum, whose wings reach up to 1 meter in span.

A Bois Creek Grotto, a 3 km long crevice, is the attraction of the park, which does not have any structure for visitors.

The most accessible, where you can go by smaller car and others on foot, are the Cores da Caatinga trail, Mirante Janelas do Sertão, Gruta Riacho do Boi and Olho d'água Escondido.

Serra das Confusions National Park PI

Sights in Serra das Confusãos

1. Colors of the Caatinga Trail

Before starting to “tourist” around here, prepare your little bottle with plenty of water. Will need! On the Cores da Caatinga trail, you can already feel the strong sun characteristic of this Brazilian biome.

Colors of the Caatinga Trail in Serra das Confusãos in Piauí
Colors of the Caatinga Trail in Serra das Confusãos in Piauí

With a well-defined trail, you can walk through the most varied types of vegetation and fauna of the Caatinga. As the name of the trail already says, they are the colors of the Caatinga.

2. Viewpoint Janela dos Sertões

As you go along the paths you can see the change of colors in the rocks, according to the temperature, causing a certain “confusion” in the view. Hence the name Serra das Confusãos.

Window of Sertões viewpoints in Serra das Confusãos in Piauí
Window of Sertões viewpoints in Serra das Confusãos in Piauí

All of this you can see better at Mirante Janelas dos Sertões. Arriving at it is to come across a multicolored immensity to clear the view. It is also where you can have a little perception of the grandeur of the park. Indeed, it is the window that opens the gaze to the sertão.

3. Riacho do Boi Grotto

Inside the park there is a kind of paved street that is where you can go by car to a certain point. From here, you will continue on foot along a trail until you reach the Riacho do Boi cave.

Cave of the Riacho dos Bois Serra das Confusions in Piauí
Cave of the Riacho dos Bois Serra das Confusions in Piauí

To access the paths inside the cave, you descend almost as if through a well 1,5 m high. There is a wooden ladder in place to facilitate your descent.

Once you reach the ground, all you have to do is delight yourself with the cave, almost a kind of canyon, which is 1 km long and is formed by impressive stone walls over 20 meters high, for shadows, fresh air, gardens , humidity, taller vegetation. Arriving here makes it seem like, out of nowhere, you are in another region. 

4. Bastion of the Swallows

Baixão das Andorinhas is a beautiful trail that has a structure adapted for people who have limited mobility. Later, at the end of your tour, you can observe a beautiful sunset and contemplate the whole spectacle of nature in the interior of Piauí.

It is worth mentioning that in addition to the sunset, the visitor can also observe another phenomenon of nature in the place. That's because every day, around 17:30 pm, several swallows fly towards the region's canyons. This beautiful phenomenon can be observed from the Variante do Baixão.

5. Site of Moquém

The Sítio de Moquém is a place that has a wide variety of cave paintings, being considered a historical place in the region. Therefore, this tourist spot is perfect for those who enjoy archeology.

Firstly, to access the site, you need to take a route using 4x4 transport. Next to this tourist spot, there are the viewpoints of Serra das Confusãos National Park. Therefore, it is worth visiting Sítio de Moquém and then observing the local beauties from the pavilion.

Park access

The entrance that gives access to all these wonders is through the Portaria Caracol. It is 20 km from the urban area of ​​the municipality of Caracol, by a dirt road. Caracol is located 620 km from Teresina and 80 km from São Raimundo Nonato.

Tourist Guide Serra das Confusions National Park and Northeast

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