Canindé do São Francisco is located 198 kilometres from Aracaju, the city, which is on the border of Sergipe, Alagoas and Bahia, and the main departure base for the tour boats that travel through the São Francisco canyon.
The viewpoint of the Xingó Hydroelectric Plant and the Archaeological Museum, which houses an important collection of prehistoric human skeletons, are also worth a visit.
And in Canindé is the Grota do Angico, where the cangaceiro Lampião was killed.
The best way to get there is via Piranhas, on the other bank of the São Francisco River, but already inside Alagoas.
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TOURIST POINTS OF CANINDÉ DO SÃO FRANCISCO
1. CANION DO SÃO FRANCISCO
The catamaran or schooner rides from Canindé do São Francisco through the canyon of the São Francisco river – a 65-million-year-old formation, considered the fifth largest in the world and the most navigable on the planet – represent the greatest attraction of Canindé.
The route, which can also be done by speedboat, lasts about three hours.
At the end of the first, there is a 40-minute stop at Paraíso do Talhado, a stretch of the canyon that looks like a huge pool and where you can dive or ride a small boat. During the journey, pay attention to the beautiful rocks of Gavião and Japones and the hill of Macacos.
When choosing the type of boat, consider that the schooner can be sheltered from the relentless sun, while the catamaran has what is locally called a “natural pool”, a kind of net that descends into the waters of the river, delimiting a space for bathers during the journey.
2. XINGÓ Hydroelectric Power Station
A guided tour of the facilities of the Xingó Hydroelectric Power Complex, 5 kilometres from Piranhas, Alagoas, is a very interesting programme.
The São Francisco Hydroelectric Company (Chesf) lookout point in Canindé do São Francisco offers an impressive view. It is well-structured and a must-see even for those travelling between Paulo Afonso, in Bahia, and Piranhas.
The highlight of the reception centre is the wooden model that reproduces the hydroelectric plant. The centre has an auditorium and a video room.
The well-kept gardens display sculptures made from blocks of rock from the region.
3. XINGÓ ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM
The Museum of Archaeology of Xingó brings together the largest concentration of skeletons of prehistoric men in Latin America – the oldest dates from 7 thousand BC. 191 pieces are found in the archaeological sites of Justino and São José.
Displayed in six rooms, the collection includes tools, necklaces and household utensils, including some ceramics, more than 11,000 years old.
After the visit, visitors can watch a 15-minute video about the excavation and recovery work carried out there. Opened in 2000, MAX is part of the Federal University of Sergipe and operates in partnership with the São Francisco Hydroelectric Company.
With excellent infrastructure, it receives an average of one thousand visitors per month. Rod. Canindé-Piranhas, Xingó Hydroelectric Plant Clover.
4. GROTA DO ANGICO
On 18 July 1938, Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, known as Lampião, his wife, Maria Gomes de Oliveira, known as Maria Bonita, and nine other cangaceiros from their gang were ambushed and killed on the Angicos Farm. To reach this property, a motorboat or catamaran was taken from Piranhas.
The boat docks in front of the only restaurant in Angicos. From there to the scenery of the forest – a grotto, i.e. a cavity in a large rock – the path is travelled on foot.
Wear light clothes and shoes, sunglasses and a hat.
It is advisable to bring cold water and insect repellent. Along the way, the guide briefly recounts the events of that historic date and, not infrequently, tourists are moved by the grotto and pray there.
In honour of the cangaceiros, the community has erected two crosses in front of the site, with the names of all the dead. The tour lasts four hours. For the guided tour, a minimum of fifteen people and prior booking is required. Who takes you: Xingó Parque Hotel.
Tourism and Travel Guide of Canindé do São Francisco and Sergipe