Canyoning is the sports exploration of canyons and rivers in ravine. Although the showcase of this activity is cascading, the sport requires more complete skills. Its adepts must practice rappel, climbing and swimming. They also need some basic knowledge of cave exploration to properly evaluate obstacles on the way.
This radical sport emerged by the end of the 1970’s, in Europe. It began in Brazil in 1990, with a group of cave explorers who mapped out and registered over two thousand waterfalls in 12 Brazilian states.
Today, Brazil is among the 10 major canyoning destinations in the world. It is easy to understand why: Its geographic and climatic conditions – varied relief and soft temperatures all year round – are quite suitable for the sport.
It is possible to find good places for such adventure in almost all of the national territory. Examples of this can be found in the State of São Paulo, in the Alto Ribeira Tourist National Park (PETAR), and in the surroundings of Brotas and São Luiz do Paraitinga towns. In the State of Rio de Janeiro, the cities of Três Rios and Casimiro de Abreu also offer excellent options. Further south, it is worth visiting Santo Amaro da Imperatriz and Timbó, in the State of Santa Catarina, and Canela, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Emotion comes in abundance in the State of Goiás, at Chapada dos Veadeiros, and the vicinities of Pirenópolis. In the Northeast, adrenalin is guaranteed by Chapada Diamantina, and the São Francisco River Canyon, in the States of Bahia and Sergipe.