Canyons of São Francisco

An unforgetable journey

Canyons of São Francisco

An unforgetable journey

Cânions do Rio São Francisco

Rich in waters and rocky cliffs the canyons of the river Sao Francisco offer an unforgettable trip not only in Bahia but also in two other states: Alagoas and Sergipe. The immensity of the green river is a contrast to the rustic landscape and is enchanting to the visitors. You will go through the Xingó Canyon – a 65 km long valley, 170 meters deep and between 50 and 300 meters wide.

Day 1
Welcome to Paulo Afonso! The expedition can start here at the airport of from another city by car. We will go to Raso da Catarina – a Natural Reservation preserved by IBAMA (federal institution for the preservation of the environment) since 1983. There, the “War of Canudos” (a historical battle) took place in 1896-87. And because of its difficult access it was a common hiding place for the outlaws like Lampião – the nickname of the famous captain Virgulino Ferreira also know as the King of the Cangaço – who lived an important part of his life there. According to the local guides, Dada, the widow, and Lampião’s right arm the outlaw Corisco, revealed just before dying that Lampião had hidden lots of treasures and weapons there. After the tour, we will go to the hotel for accommodation and dine out in a typical restaurant before going back to the hotel for the night.

Day 2
Departure in the direction of the bridge Dom Pedro II, an engineering marvel made of iron in the beautiful canyon of the “old Chico” (nick name of the river). It connects the State of Bahia with the one of Alagoas where the factory PA IV is located. The adventure will start with a steep descent to the river where we will start paddling between the canyons. The canyon of the river São Francisco is carved deep in the rock, with slopes presenting different saliences formed by the erosion made by wind and water. During the 31 km paddling we will stop to have lunch along the river. Our destination is a small island called “Nobody’s island” because it’s situated between three states – Bahia, Alagoas and Sergipe – and officially it doesn’t belong to any. Arriving at the island we’ll set camp to have dinner and spend the night.

Day 3
Camp break to paddle an average of 20 km passing by Xingozinho in direction of Talhado. The place got its name because the walls look like they’ve been hand carved (talhado means carved). The great walls with sandstone rocks take many different shapes making a unique landscape. We’ll continue until we reach a rift known as the Gruta do Talhado (Carved Cavern) – the fissure gets narrower until we reach a mini sanctuary to San Francis of Assisi at the end of it. We will have lunch there. The paddling will take on for another 20 km until we reach Xingó. There we’ll have a welcome drink and get to the hotel in Piranhas. This place has been titled national historic patrimony by the government (IPHAN). This city has indeed one of the most preserved historical patrimonies in the country. The old town has been “carved” between the hills of caatinga vegetation and became famous when, in the 30’s, the heads of the outlaw Lampião and his spouse Maria Bonita were exposed in front of the City Hall. We will have dinner in a typical restaurant before going back to the Pousada.

  • Ilha de Ninguem e Cânion de Xingó
  • Ilha de Ninguem e Cânion de Xingó
  • Ilha de Ninguem e Cânion de Xingó
  • Ilha de Ninguem e Cânion de Xingó
  • Ilha de Ninguem e Cânion de Xingó
  • Ilha de Ninguem e Cânion de Xingó
  • Talhado
  • Ilha de Ninguem e Cânion de Xingó
  • Ilha de Ninguem e Cânion de Xingó

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