Catimbau National Park, Buique

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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  • The Valley is a place of unique natural beauty, as well as the second largest archaeological site of Brazil. It is located 11 Km from the Centre of Buique and about 280 Km from Recife. Access to the Park is done by trails and there are several of them. In the village of Catimbau exists the Association of guides and it is recommended that you use the service to be able to venture the footpaths and access the various passages. How I spent the weekend I chose to do on Saturday the trail of headless men along with the plateau. On Sunday we made the little tracks, Cave of the deer and the flour mill. On these trails in addition to gorgeous landscapes you can find inscriptions. Some trails requires a bit of physical conditioning and it's always nice to get a good amount of water. In ´ Saturday traveled about of 3 Km and on Sunday something close to 7 Km.
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  • Wow!!! Difficult to speak of a place so magical! There are commercial items and there's a lot of untouched nature. There are programming for all ages and tastes. I personally am a fan of hiking, camping and ADVENTURE! I made two trips to camping with a group called comes from Walk (I recommend as well) and our focus was adventure, challenge, enjoy nature and camping. On this last trip we saw a full moon rises indescribable and we went to the lookout tower trail that is simply unforgettable! The tours also can be very romantic and family. Recommended to consult the difficulty of the trails.
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  • The Catimbau Park is the second largest in Brazil but receives few visitors. To visit it is ideal to stay at Vale do Catimbau and not in Buíque. The Inn closest to the entrance of the Park is that of Dona Zefinha which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner included in the daily value. In the Valley there is an Association of guides where you can schedule the tours. Is only allowed to do the trails accompanied by guides. They charge the rate and some rates depending on the chosen track. The look of the Park is wonderful. There is a plateau, caatinga vegetation with various species of Cactus, in addition to the primitive paintings. The rainy season lasts from May to August and is when the landscape is green and cacti in flower. Two days of hiking trails are enough to know everything. Some people camp on the plateau. The highlight is with the unique rock formations and cave paintings. A wonderful ride!
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