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Rio Sao Francisco, Petrolina

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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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  • The River, despite suffering still magical. Deserves a good Cia company to do the walk worthy of him
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  • This River so important to the Brazil separates the city of Petrolina (Pernambuco) and Juazeiro (BA), whose view is very beautiful. Worth knowing.
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  • The São Francisco River is a beautiful, calm waters, one can cross from Petrolina to Juazeiro in a raft for a cost of 3.00 R$, the passage is quick and easy.
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