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Lajedo de Pai Mateus, Cabaceiras

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Giant and oddly-placed boulders are called Lajedo de Pai Mateus. They are twice as tall as average person, and if you hit them with a rock, they make a bell-like sound. Best time to visit Lajedo de Pai Mateus is at dusk, to watch the sunset’s orange glow. But at any time of the day, you can see the cave paintings attributed to Cariris Indians, who lived in the region for some 12,000 years. As for the boulder’s name, legend has it that a hermit healer named Father Mattew lived in the region in the 18th century, and many people sought him to seek help with treating illnesses. He did not charge money for the cures, just asked for food, so his honor, the site got its name. Arrange your visit to Lajedo de Pai Mateus and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cabaceiras using our Cabaceiras family vacation planner.
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  • The Lajedo de Pai Mateus is an amazing geological protected area in the state of Paraiba at about three and half hours from João Pessoa. Guides are offered to those who want to know more about the for...  more »
  • Hard to find words to describe it, pictures just don't honor enough this beauty. I would rather provide travel tips. Plan to arrive around lunch time. Our group departed Saturday 7:00 AM from Joao Pes...  more »
  • This is a "out of this world" place to visit. The guide takes you around and explains all about the area. The granite rocks are just incredible. Not many places like this on earth... a MUST to visit.  more »
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  • I've been a few times in the Rock of father Matthew, and the place doesn't get tired. It's a nice place to visit, appreciate is to enjoy, to be alone with your couple or in family. Each day is special. Today we have to pay a fee of 20 reais per person to visit with Guide (can't visit alone), but they give you freedom to take pictures, walk a bit and rest. Recommend, and come back again.
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  • The Rock of father Matthew is a unique location, stunning views, stuck in the middle of the sertão. You can see several rock formations, the most famous being the stone of the helmet. Access is good although not paved. To get to the Rock it is necessary to spend at the Inn-Hotel of father Matthew-and follow with a guide. Noting that is a private property and is always charged a fee. Recommend to visit
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  • Browse the Ribamar. Impressive geology. And the caatinga beautiful! Fantastic experience!
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  • The alarm clock goes off at 6.30, I open my eyes and light enters forcefully through the curtains, outside the Sun is already high promises another wonderful and warm tropical day and thirst for new discoveries today will take us in a semi arid region of Paraiba called Carirì, this tribe belonged to the Group of etinico Tupuias, Carirì means "people" and inhabited the vast region around the present Campina Grande , second city of Paraiba in importance and population. The Cariris tribes, along with other Tpuias were subject to Portuguese rule in 1713, after three decades of a bloody war which took the name of deterrminò the end of the War, dos Bárbaros indigenous culture in the region. The Carirì is characterized by the presence of a large amount of geo-monuments, i.e. separate areas by the presence of rocks from the unusual shape, canions and plateaus. Our journey will take us to the village of Cabaceiras, 230 km, 3.5 hours and full Sertao. from Traiçao Bay, crossing in principle a region of fertile valleys on a back road and then connect 230 situated near Campina Grande and enter the arid Sertao. Cabaceiras is a sleepy town with a beautiful square overlooked by houses that maintain their original layout crayon colr, its construction dates back to 1735 when the Capitão-mor Domingos de Faria Castro, owner tdelle lands and the fazenda Sítio Cabaceiras, built a small chapel on site from which developed the city. Given its characteristic, with the old town dating back to the late ' 700 still intact, Cabaceiras was the location of 30 film and television productions and is home to various cultural festivals throughout the year after a brief visit to downtown sit down in a restaurant to taste the famous meat of Bode (goat), a typical dish of the city celebrating its vocation for goat with a festival called do Bode Rei, where every year is crowned the most beautiful kid. From our final destination, we move Cabaceiras Hotel Fazenda Pai Mateus, located 16 km. to the North and our base for exploring the region and its rock formations. We arrive at 14.00 at the hotel, just long enough to unload and make contact with Pedro, local guide, to go and visit the Lajedo Pai Mateus. We walk along a path that unfolds without major differences between the Caatinga vegetation, vegetation typical of the sertao composed of shrubs and cactuses, after about 40 minutes we arrive at the top of a rocky plateau and from that point you open before our eyes the picturesque view of Lajedo. The Sun begins to be low on the horizon and the warm light, Orange bounces up hundreds of stones from spherical scattered randomly on a huge granite slab. The silence of the sertao wraps everything and the Sun is setting, he paints with his beams an unforgettable landscape, the view is lost for hundreds of meters on this unique spectacle.
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  • City Tour of the city known as the Northeast Roliúde, with local guides by visiting the Historic and Cultural Museum of Cariri Paraibano with pee tasting of cabrita, Historic Center, Church, Memorial, Chapel of the Rosary, City Hall, the rag dolls etc. • visit to district of Ribeira where we will visit the cooperative of artisans "Arteza" specialized in producing crafts and leather goods in its various forms (hats , Boots, Cowboys, bags and many other items) • lunch in the restaurant of the Pousada da Ema (included) • visit to rock the father Matthew, a mystic with a lush beauty spot where it will be possible to observe one of the most beautiful sunset of Paraiba (entry included) • Return to João Pessoa, approximately at 5:30 pm
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