Sete Cidades National Park

In the Sete Cidades National Park (Seven Cities National Park) there are geological monuments and an archaeological heritage, amidst the fauna and flora of the transition area between the cerrado and the caatinga.

The Sete Cidades National Park is 190 kilometres from Teresina, in the municipality of Piripiri. The park has 6,200 hectares and is famous for its geological monuments, called Seven Cities of Stone.

The entrance is through the Portal dos Desejos. “When a person passes through here for the first time, legend has it that they can make up to three wishes. The only thing you can’t do is ask to be beautiful, get married or become rich. Ambition and vanity, legend has it that it is not allowed, it is not valid to do it”, Patrícia Sousa, tour guide.

Each town in the Sete Cidades National Park has its own story. In the pool of miracles there is a spring that has never stopped gushing, the triumphal arch is similar to the French one and in the Gruta do Catirina lived a healer of the region.

It is the rocky walls that give wings to the imagination of visitors and give life to the stones. There is the turtle stone, the elephant, the head of Dom Pedro II, the map of Brazil and the three wise men. “The geological monuments are natural. They are in an advanced state of degradation. Degradation caused by water, wind, when millions of years ago, this region was seabed, “says Conceição Lage, archaeologist.

Access to the Sete Cidades National Park, with the right to a guide, costs an average of R$50. Walking along the trails you can find archaeological sites. Seventy have already been discovered. They preserve cave paintings dating back six thousand years.

Very close to the Sete Cidades National Park there are inns that facilitate the tourist’s stay.

To get to know all this biological heritage, you have to walk 17 kilometres. The walk takes almost a whole day, but at the end it is possible to cool off the heat by taking a bath in the waterfall of the stream.

The waterfall is twenty metres high. The equivalent of a six-storey building.