Welcome to Piauí


Colonial settlement in Piauí began in the arid southern sertão (backlands of the Northeast) and gradually moved north toward the coast, creating an oddly shaped territory with underdeveloped infrastructure. It is one of the poorest states but in general it's orderly and easy to visit.

In the north it's dominated by the evergreen wonderland of the Delta do Parnaíba; to the south it opens out into large expanses of flat agricultural plains punctuated by fine areas of wilderness including Parque Nacional da Serra da Capivara and Parque Nacional de Sete Cidades.


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Piauí in detail