In the middle of the huge dry Cerrado area, surge the veredas, streams and small flows sustaining an oasis of life with a varied vegetation of palm trees, flowers and fruits.
A natural wealth in its own right is the amount of endangered animal species of the region. You can find the Maned wolf, the Giant Anteater, the Pampas deer, the puma, the rhea, and the red legged Seriema.
The average annual temperature is of 21° C, which is typical of central Brazil with a well defined dry season. The driest period goes from September to November and the rainiest season from December to February. The average precipitation varies between 1250 and 1500 mm per year.
The veredas accumulate water, resembling an oasis, that then are turn into streams. The Brazilian native palm trees, the buritis, thrive at these sites which not only protect the river sources but are also used as a refuge by various bird species.
Sierra of the Hubiste arado
A sierra of sandy and rocky formations of varied colorations. It is the refuge zone for the red macaws who build their nests in its surroundings. The vegetation of buritis bordering the hills grow lavishly around the veredas (oasis).
The extensive neighbouring roads of the sertao go across villages and settlements which are not shown on any map.
- Rides through the park are possible only with the company of personnel from IBAMA, the state run institution in charge of the protected area which is not a place opened to the public.
- Due to the wild characteristic of the park, it is likely to go for hours without meeting other human beings.
- The herds of cattle and the wagons pulled by bullocks are a common sight on the roads. The tracks show many eroded sectors and some sandy parts, though most of the rural roads can be undertaken with a four wheel drive vehicle.
- Do not pass up the reading of Guimaraes Rosa's book to better understand the culture and the history of the region.