the 7 lost cities of piauí?

The German author of “Were Gods Astronauts?” believes DNA’s helical structure was anticipated in these cave paintingsOne of Brazil’s remotest national parks, Seven Cities, is an archaeological and geological wonder, named after the mythological Lost Seven Cities.  Founded in 1961, it is located in the northeast’s Piauí state, and occupies an arid middleground between the Brazilian cerrado (or dry savanna) and caatinga, or semi-desert, which is the native name for “white forest.”  Due to the unlikely presence of natural springs, the Tabajaras Indians settled here, leaving over 1,500 cave paintings.  Monumental rocks of curious designs were formed by sun, water and wind erosion over a sandy and quarzt laced landscape.  Such is the human imagination: over a hundred graphic rock formations gained look-a-like names. Rock groupings were categorized into Seven Cites, their legendary lost companions now found.  [Please hover over images for captions]

About Ben

Ben Batchelder has traveled some of the world's most remote roads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Yet he persists, for through such journeys life unfolds. Having published four books that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, he is a mountain man in Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. His second travel yarn, To Belém & Back, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. For more, visit

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