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Parque Nacional De Ubajara

Parque Nacional De Ubajara

This park near the small town of Ubajara, 350km west of Fortaleza, has a ninechamber cave system with impressive limestone formations extending over half a kilometer into the side of a mountain, plus beautiful vistas, forests, waterfalls and cooler temperatures (it's 850m above sea level). You can reach the caves by a strenuous 3km hike or by a cable car, which operates 10 am to 3:30 pm daily (US$3). The IBAMA office, 5km from Ubajara at the entrance to the park, provides guides for the cave tour between 8 am and 5 pm daily. Entry to the caves costs US$0.50.

The Sitio do Alemdo , 1.5km from the park entrance, has wonderful vistas, loads of information about local attractions, and spotless chalets for US$10 per person with a generous breakfast. 'Mere are two pousadas near the park entrance:The Pousada da Neblina has a swimming pool and single/ double apartamentos at US$20/30; and Pousada Gruta de Ubajaras, with apartamentos for US$10/20. Both places have restaurants. The Churrascaria Hotel Ubajara, Rua Juvencio Luis Pereira 370) in Ubajara has quartos for US$10/15.

The Ipu Brasileira company runs four daily buses from Fortaleza to Ubajara (US$l1, six hours). There are also buses to Ubajara from Teresina (US$11, six hours). To reach the park entrance from Ubajara, either walk the 3km or take a taxi (US$5).

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