Catimbau National Park, Buique

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The Catimbau National Park is a national park in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. It protects a semi-arid area of caatinga with sandstone caverns and caves in which prehistoric art has been found.LocationVale do Catimbau National Park is divided between the municipalities of Buíque (17.6%), Ibimirim (40.41%) and Tupanatinga (41.99%) in Pernambuco. It has an area of. It lies to the south of highway BR-110 and the town of Cruzeiro do Nordesta. It adjoins the Kapinawá Indigenous Territory to the south.The Catimbau Valley (Vale do Catimbau) is Brazil's 2nd largest archaeological site. Among its natural attractions there are beautiful canyons, over 2,000 caves, and 28 registered areas with pre-historical cave paintings. One of the sites, Pedra da Concha (Shell Rock), displays cave art dating at least 6,000 years ago. The park has been designated a national archaeological heritage site by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN).EnvironmentThe park is in the caatinga biome. It is in the semi-arid region of Pernambuco in the transition between the agreste and sertão vegetation zones, which makes a mosaic of landscapes with high biodiversity. The sandstone walls and the Tacaratu Formation have been carved by wind and rain into different shapes with shades of color. There are indications that the region has considerable speleological potential.
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  • We spent two half days at the National park and it was amazing. With a local guide we got around and saw some amazing views, stone formations and prehistoric wall paintings. One of the most beautiful ...  more »
  • The type of place that should be bustling with people trekking. Of course, being in Brazil and ina really remote area, makes it virtually unvisited. Lets take that as an advantage. Go to Catimbau and ...  more »
  • Once in Pernambuco, don't miss Vale do Catimbau, a valley near Arcoverde city. A tipical village with little houses, a small church and a beautiful valley guarded by Jurandir, Catimbau is a place to s...  more »