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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Piauí

Parque Nacional da Serra da Capivara

One of Brazil's most important national parks, this 1300-sq-km reserve contains more than 40,000 rock paintings among spectacular panoramas of immense chiseled rock formations surrounded by dry forest. The scenery a…
National Park in Piauí

Parque Nacional de Sete Cidades

Sete Cidades is a small 62-sq-km national park with bizarre rock formations that some have claimed are sete cidades (seven cities) left behind by some mysterious long-departed culture (aliens, Vikings etc). The plac…
Museum in Parque Nacional da Serra da Capivara

Museu do Homem Americano

This modernized museum on the edge of town has excellent info (in English) on what you will see in the park. It also exhibits the oldest human skull found in the Americas – nearly 10,000 years old – and other valuab…
Arts Center in Teresina

Central de Artesanato

The Central de Artesanato has crafts from all over Piauí and is Teresina’s main focus of interest for visitors. It's pleasant to browse around the broad courtyard of shops that sell small sculptures, leather article…
National Park in Piauí

Parque Nacional das Nascentes do Rio Parnaíba

Spanning four states, this massive park protects a key area of cerrado (savanna) landscape and is famed for its intelligent capuchin monkeys. It's also home to endangered hyacinth macaws and wild wolves. While not t…
Brazilian in Parnaíba

Caranguejo Expresso

Locally famous for its enormous and delicious torta de caranguejo (crab omelette). Don’t expect expresso service but do expect it to be worth the wait. Resist being talked into a large – a small is enough for two di…
Brazilian in Teresina

Forno e Fogão

You’d be a fool to lunch anywhere other than this great-value, well-presented regional buffet. In the evenings there is a wide selection of a la carte options.
Workshop in Parque Nacional da Serra da Capivara

Ceramica Serra da Capivara

This workshop's pottery, featuring designs inspired by the park's rock art, is sold all over Brazil. If you come during the week you can watch the artisans work. There is also a guesthouse here and the lunch buffet …
Brazilian in Parnaíba

Restaurante Chalana

This large, half-open-air, half-air-conditioned restaurant, facing a bend of the river 600m north of Av Presidente Vargas, is a nice place to dine on fish or crab; wash it down with an Antarctica Original beer.
Pizza in Parnaíba


Okay pizza in a pretty setting on a cobblestone street in the Porto das Barcas.