Rio Sao Francisco, Petrolina

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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. Put Rio Sao Francisco at the forefront of your travel plans using our Petrolina trip itinerary maker.
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  • Upon arriving in Petrolina the first vision is the grandeur of the old Chico, a true spectacle of nature!
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  • I am always wondering what would be in the Wilderness without the Sao Francisco River. Beautiful by nature. But it needs to be preserved.
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  • I confess I'm a little suspicious to speak of the São Francisco River. Heard from him for a long time in school, and since the first school I fell in love. Is beauty, in history or in so many songs inspired by their importance to the entire Northeast, the São francisco River is worth the visit, regardless of where and when you are reading this review.
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