Serra Das Confusões National Park. National Park in Piauí, Brazil

Serra Das Confusões National Park

National Park in Piauí, Brazil

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Serra Das Confusões National Park

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Serra das Confusões. Photo by Stanley Moore
Covering over 5,000 square kilometers of towering crags, weather-beaten, rocky sandstone escarpments, Serra Das Confusões National Park is the largest park of Brazil’s northeastern region. Also the most remote national park of northeastern Brazil, Serra Das Confusões is similar to the north’s Serra da Capivara due to the rock art that covers its caves and canyons. Abundant in endangered wildlife, especially birds, the park is home to rare species like the jaguar, puma, red-handed howler monkey, pampas deer, black-fronted piping-guan and yellow-legged tinamou. Cerrado (Wikipedia Article) and thriving caatinga forests surround the Serra Das Confusões National Park.


In 1998, Serra Das Confusões became a national park. The park, which opened to tourists in March 2010, is the country’s largest protected caatinga (Wikipedia Article) vegetation area. Most of Brazil’s interior is made up of the semi-arid terrain.

Sometimes during the day and also considering the light, the white and red mountain ranges seem to change colors. It is because of this occurrence that the Serras Das Confusões is called Mountains of Confusion.

What to See

The park boasts of many beautiful features and sceneries. Amongst them are Teresina’s cultural history and heritage, the rock formations of the Serras Das Confusões mountain range, the wind-carved rocks of Parque Nacional de Sete Cidades Reserve, the largest collection of rock paintings and petroglyphs in the world are found in the reserve of Parque Nacional Serra da Capivara, and Parnaiba River Delta (Wikipedia Article)’s beaches, dunes and mangroves.

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Serra Das Confusões National Park. . Photo by unknown

When to Go

Parnaiba River Delta can be visited any time of the year but more boat trip are available during December and March.

How to Get There

Serra das Confusões
Serra das Confusões. Photo by Stanley Moore

By Bus

In most situations, visitors may travel by bus from other Brazilian states to Piaui. Regular bus links to Sao Luis and Fortaleza can be found in Teresina. Another option is to board a bus to southeastern cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte or to Brazil’s capital, Brasilia. However, it takes 48 hours to get to these destinations and the roads that will take you through South Piaui are in terrible conditions.

By Air

Parnaiba and Teresina’s small airports are both accredited to receive international and domestic flights. A direct flight to Fortaleza, Ceara and a connecting flight to Teresina is normally the fastest way to reach Piaui, although take note that this option is not cheap. Occasional flights to Parnaiba are accommodated by an Italian charter airline. The route to Piaui is usually through Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo then afterwards, Brasilia. This is the course that most international flights take.

Serra das Confusões no inverno
Serra das Confusões no inverno. Photo by André Pessoa

Nearby Landmarks

Parque Nacional Serra da Capivara

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this park contains 30,000 prehistoric rock paintings dating between 6,000 to 12,000 years ago. Serra da Capivara National Park is located about 500 kilometers south of Teresina.

Parque Nacional Serras Das Confusões

Northeastern Brazil’s largest and most remote national park, Serras Das Confusões is surrounded by cerrado and flourishing caatinga vegetation. The park’s 5,000 square kilometers is composed of sandstone escarpments and crags.

Parque Nacional Serra das Confusões - vista
	aérea da maior reserva de caatinga do planeta
Parque Nacional Serra das Confusões - vista aérea da maior reserva de caatinga do planeta. Photo by André Pessoa

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