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. Use our Cabaceiras trip planner to arrange your visit to Lajedo de Pai Mateus and other attractions in Cabaceiras.
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  • Spectacular rock formations in a small and hidden area in the middle of the sertao, about 3.5 h from Joao Pessoa. Great for people who like the beauty of nature and visit national parks. 
    Spectacular rock formations in a small and hidden area in the middle of the sertao, about 3.5 h from Joao Pessoa. Great for people who like the beauty of nature and visit national parks.  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  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.....  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.....  more »
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  • Never Been there ! Looks like some landscape you would find in Australia. Where the Heck did those boulders come from ?? Weird !
  • First, this is a difficult place to visit. A group guide is required, that is available only at the fazeda (hotel) near the entrance. Secondly, know that reaching the hotel involves driving about 45 minutes on rough gravel roads. The tour is set-time, staring at 4:00 PM and ending after dark. Thus you are driving back to the paved road on dark gravel roads. Now for the tour. The group will walk a couple of miles with a serious incline. This is not mountain climbing, but rigorous for old and fat people. The group stops at various location to observe the "Flintstones" terrain. There are indeed odd rocks, massive boulders scattered about. Nothing comparable in the USA. The end of the walk is on top, with a perfect view of the surrounding valley and sunset. Take lots of photos. Tnis is highly recommended, if the logistics are not too scary. Oh, if you want you can eat and lodge at the hotel. This will avoid the nighttime drive back across the unpaved roads.
  • Definitely it is a place to visit
  • Wonderfull
  • Not gonna find views like this anywhere else!

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