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. 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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  • Those who want to learn a little about the semi arid Northeastern will be amazed with Petrolina. Easy connection with your airport, people receptive and helpful, has several interesting programs. Visit the winery Rio Sun and understand the entire process of wine production, all technology employed, is great! Navigate in the São Francisco River with friends, listen to good music and meet (777 Bododromo, bistro, Sushi Flower poultice) ... too!!
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  • The experience of seeing the sun setting behind the Old Chico is awesome! A natural beauty of Brazil that should be preserved.
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  • The Old Chico can be seen from various points of the city of Piranhas-al. In Prime view overlooks, but is willing to climb the many stairs to get to the top of one of them. One of the viewpoints can be accessed by car.
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