Piauí

The state of Piauí has many natural attractions worth visiting such as Teresina, Serra da Capivara, Sete Cidades National Park, Serra das Confusões, and Delta do Parnaiba.

Piauí does not appear even in the lists of the most popular tourist destinations in Brazil.

The capital, Teresina, is the only one in the northeast that is not bathed by the sea. Those looking for a sea breeze to ease the state’s characteristic heat need to aim high on the map, almost 360 kilometres from the capital.

It’s to seaside resorts like Luís Correia that Piauians themselves rush at weekends to enjoy the sands of beautiful Macapá Beach, at the mouth of the river of the same name, and bustling Atalaia, with a string of carnauba-covered wooden bars that are always packed.

There is also the deserted Carnaubinhas, with native forest and white sand dunes, which can be reached by road without signalling or by stretches of sand through which only four-wheel drive vehicles can pass.

And you’ll hear more and more about Barra Grande, whose winds have already attracted kitesurfers. Those who visit these parts usually leave from Parnaíba, the base city for one of the most popular places in Piauí, the Parnaíba Delta, where long boat trips along the river’s streams reveal mangroves, dunes, carnauba trees and river lagoons. The unique landscape of this powerful meeting of the river and the sea resembles a puzzle, a labyrinth of more than seventy river islands.

Anyone who decides to explore the geographical diversity of Piauí from Teresina and is willing to spend a little time there discovers a welcoming place, with squares and parks that have earned it the nickname of Green City, beautiful samples of santeira art carved in wood and the Environmental Park Encontro dos Rios Poty e Parnaíba – a preservation area with trails, viewpoints and walks along the two rivers that cut through the capital.

Teresina, with its friendly and talkative residents – there are just over 800,000 inhabitants – can be the starting point for the surprising Sete Cidades National Park, 200 kilometres away.

The area’s strange rocky shapes spark the imagination and some people see Indian heads, turtles and elephants. The heat is very intense, so the best time to visit is between January and July, when the region’s waterfalls and natural pools are at their busiest. The movements of tectonic plates were responsible for the formation of this mysterious territory that hundreds of thousands of years ago was the bottom of the sea.

The same phenomenon created, in the south of the state, 500 kilometres from Teresina, the fantastic archaeological site of the Serra da Capivara National Park, with traces that indicate the presence of human groups there even in prehistoric times. In 1991, the park was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, and it is no wonder: in an area of more than 129,000 hectares, more than 900 archaeological sites have been catalogued, with the presence of paintings and rock engravings that are between 6 and 22 thousand years old.

One of the most comfortable ways to get to São Raimuno Nonato, the city that is usually sought after to access the park, has as its starting point Petrolina, in Pernambuco, which has an airport and is 300 kilometres away.

Piauí

Main Tourist Spots of Piauí

More than a multitude of exuberant scenarios are in Piauí lands, such as Delta do Parnaíba, Sete Cidades National Park, Capadócia Piauiense, Oeiras, Serra da Capivara, Poti River Canyon and the capital Teresina. Kitesurfing, for example, boosts tourism on the beaches of Piauí. In just 66 km, many beauties are […]

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