Serra da Capivara National Park
The park is located in the south east of the Piauí State. Its name means Capybara Hills in Portuguese.
It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991
With around 97,933 hectares, the Serra da Capivara National Park has canyons that hide some 500 natural shelters and caves.
Flora and fauna
Capivara is the only national park where the vegetation known as Caatinga flourishes. The fauna and flora are very rich and typical representations of the region’s stunted vegetation, where the climate is semi-arid. During the rainy months – between December and May – the vegetation, that seems poor during the dry season, flourishes. Spotted leopards, armadillos, guinea pigs, crested seriemas, wildcats, margays, serpents, and bats live harmoniously with cereus, cacti, jujubes, and pepper trees. More than 200 species of birds have already been catalogued.
Hot and dry. It rains between December and May. The dry season lasts from June to December.
You can visit the Park throughout the year, from 6 AM to 6 PM. The biggest concentration of visitors is during the dry season months – between June and December – when visiting conditions and local fauna observation are better. It is mandatory to hire a certified guide, and it is advisable to take caps, solar protection and water. It is necessary to obtain authorization from FUNDHAM and be accompanied by guides designated by the Park’s administration to stay overnight.
Rock Formations; Canyon Of Hope; Parque Nacional Serra da Capivara; The Museum of the American Man; Archaeological sites
There are some inns, student shelters and a camping ground near the Park. São Raimundo Nonato is the nearest city and it offers other simple lodging options.