Route in the Ibiapaba Mountains (Serra de Ibiapaba) mountain range in Ceará unites nature, flavours and extreme sports and the Ubajara National Park has trails, caves and cable car rides. Mountainous region of Ibiapaba on the border of Ceará with the Piauí is home to nine cities, including Ipu, land of […]
Mountains of Ceará
Ceará’s mountain ranges offer excellent tourist attractions and are home to humid slopes such as the Chapadas da Ibiapaba and Araripe, where the Ubajara National Park and the Araripe National Forest are located.
Mountains of Ceará
1. Aratanha Mountains
Serra da Aratanha, also known as Serra de Pacatuba is a mountain range located in the north of Ceará, in the Metropolitan Region of Fortaleza in the municipalities of Maracanaú, Maranguape, Guaiúba and Pacatuba, 30 km from Fortaleza.
The mountain range is one of the residual massifs scattered in the Ceará hinterland depressions.
Together with the Maranguape mountain range, the Aratanha mountain range is practically an extension of the Baturité Massif.
2. Baturité Mountains
The Serra de Baturité, also known as Maciço de Baturité or Serra de Guaramiranga, is located in the centre-north of Ceará.
It is distributed over the territory of twelve municipalities, some below the high reliefs as Canindé, Palmácia, Itapiúna, Capistrano, Caridade and Redenção.
The cities of Aratuba, Mulungu, Guaramiranga, Pacoti, Baturité and Acarape are in the mountainous regions.
The region is home to the first and largest environmental protection area in the state, covering an area of 32,690 hectares.
3. Ibiapaba Mountains
The Serra da Ibiapaba, also known as Serra Grande, Chapada da Ibiabapa and Cuesta da Ibiapaba, is a mountainous region located in the northwest of the state of Ceará.
The oldest city in the mountain range is Viçosa do Ceará, which was colonised by the Jesuits of the Society of Jesus from the 16th century, has architecture listed by IPHAN.
4. Meruoca Mountains
Serra da Meruoca is located in the municipality of Sobral, 200 km from Fortaleza. Its estimated population in 2015 is 14,674 inhabitants.
From its lands flow crystalline waters that sometimes flow through the relief in splendid waterfalls and “enchanting” waterfalls and that, on others, pass through rubbing between patient and sliding granites, sculpting them.
Tourism in the mountain towns of Ceará
To get to know all the mountain ranges of Ceará, draw up a calendar for a few months of the year.
1. Guaramiranga Mountains
During Carnival, take the opportunity to escape the revelry by going to Serra de Guaramiranga where the Jazz and Blues Festival takes place.
2. Ibiapaba Mountains
During the last week of July, the Ibiapaba Music Festival takes place in the city of Viçosa do Ceará with some extensions in other cities of Serra da Ibiapaba.
3. Meruoca and Ibiapaba Mountains
The city of Sobral has a strategic position for leisure tourism, with excellent access to the Serra da Meruoca, Serra da Ibiapaba and beaches such as Jericoacoara and Camocim.
Occupying an area of 2,129 kilometres, Sobral is at an altitude of 70 metres above sea level.
The climate is hot and dry, with an average temperature of 30°C.
Ubajara, 212 kilometres from Fortaleza, is an unmissable place for ecotourism.
The 563-hectare Ubajara National Park, 3 km from the city centre, is home to caves, trails, waterfalls and the famous cable car that transports visitors to underground beauties.
Eleven caves are catalogued.
The Ubajara Cave is the only one open to the public and reveals galleries and rooms with stalactite and stalagmite formations, such as Pedra do Sino, Sala das Rosas and Sala das Sete Maravilhas.
Ceará Tourism and Travel Guide
Ubajara is a municipality in the Ibiapaba mountain range or Serra de Ibiapaba and is 340 km from Fortaleza. Ubajara is considered the tourism capital of the Serra da Ibiapaba, is a small town, cozy and well wooded. The city is well signposted and has a small tourist infrastructure, consisting […]
The mountains of Ceará and its mountain towns have a pleasant climate that varies from 17ºC to 22ºC, which attracts tourists from all over the world who seek tranquility as well as fresh air and contact with nature. The Sierras do Ceará, far from the coastal area, is marked by […]