Welcome to Parque Nacional Serra da Capivara
Entered around 30km north of the small town of São Raimundo Nonato, the park has 1100 archaeological sites and has yielded what’s claimed to be the oldest evidence – remnants of cooking fires at least 50,000 years old – of human presence in the Americas, predating previous ‘earliest’ finds by about 30,000 years. The rock art is mostly 6000 to 12,000 years old and includes depictions of deer and caimans, and people dancing, hunting and having sex.
Over R$50 million has been spent on developing the park’s facilities and the museum in São Raimundo. A surprising number of visitors do find their way to these distant parts.