Rio Sao Francisco, Petrolina

Affectionately known as “Velho Chico”--“Old Frank”--, at 2,914 km (1,811 miles) long Rio Sao Francisco is the longest river to run entirely in Brazilian territory and cuts a blue-green course through five states, uniting the diverse regions. You will see several pretty colonial towns sitting on its banks, as well as impressive landscapes, including the desert backlands of Minas and Bahia, and the dramatic gorges of Alagoas. The natural power of the river has been harnessed by six hydroelectric plants, supplying electric power to the whole of Northeastern Brazil and then some. However, these dams, along with deforestation, and excessive agriculture changed the nature of Rio Sao Francisco, affecting fish populations and passage of larger boats. The history of the river is still celebrated today in songs and legends, and you can buy miniatures of the carrancas--a kind of grotesque--used to ward off river demons in souvenir shops across the country. See Rio Sao Francisco and all Petrolina has to offer by arranging your trip with our Petrolina online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Fresh water in Prainha with 40°. Limpinhaaaaa water. What's not to like. Be sure to go with the bathing suit
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  • Did the X kayaking in honor of the Birthday of our old Chico, promoted by ARK SPORT. Were 42 km of kayaking, Sobradinho, Bahia, leaving Chico Parakeet to the pier of Juazeiro in the Sport from the edge, with three stops on the way. All very safely.
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  • Sumptuous and important river to the Northeast. In the region of Petrolina found just the River a little "barroso"
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Where to stay in Petrolina

Much of Petrolina’s activity centers around the snaking Sao Francisco River, and the majority of the city’s hotels can be found here. These vary in quality but offer easy access to restaurants, bars, and stores as well as the city of Juazeiro, which sits just across the bridge. Those who want to enjoy the youthful buzz and affordable eateries that the University provides should look for accommodations near or on Dom Malan Square. Smaller guesthouses and bed and breakfasts tend to be less expensive but are generally tucked away in residential areas.
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