Brazil Destinations, Juazeiro do Norte

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Juazeiro is a municipality in the state of Ceará. The municipality is located 491 km from the capital,
Fortaleza. The city’s is 261,289 inhabitants, making it the third most populous city of Ceará. Due to
the figure of Padre Cicero, it is considered one of the three largest popular religious centers in Brazil,
along with Aparecida (SP) and Nova Trento (SC).
The city has a strong influence on the whole southern Ceará, being a major shopping center and
regional services. All these developments have resulted in a major integration with neighboring
municipalities of Crato and Barbalha.
The predominant vegetation is the typical semi­arid, specifically prickly deciduous forest. At certain
points, there are transition forests. The city’s name derives from a very common tree in the region,
Juazeiro. Along the river banks there is the so­called gallery forest, unique vegetation characterized
by moisture in contrast to drier adjacent regions.
The postcard of the city is the statue of “Padim Ciço” (the father Cicero), 25 meters high. Installed in
the Colina do Horto, it offers panoramic views and houses a chapel and a museum where are
exposed personal objects, paintings and photos of father Cicero. The route of the pilgrims also
includes the Sanctuary do Coração de Jesus, Nossa Senhora das Dores church and the chapel
Perpétuo Socorro, where the priest is buried.
In the city of Juazeiro do Norte, four sights stand out among others, the Colina do Horto, the museum
of Father Cicero, the Chapada do Araripe and the shopping center.
The Horto is 3 km from the city of Juazeiro and hosts the statue of Padre Cicero, Padre Cicero’s
Living Museum, the Church Senhor Bom Jesus do Horto and the access trail to the Holy Sepulcher.
The Colina do Horto gained prominence in Juazeiro history due to the presence of Father Cicero
Romao Batista, greater political and religious figure in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth
century. Today, the devotion to Padre Cicero continues to attract each year hundreds of thousands of
pilgrims from all over Brazil, especially the Northeast.
Araripe, is a vast area of ​​vegetation that is home to a national forest, an area of ​​environmental
protection and a geopark. The vegetation is diverse, with areas of savanna and cerrado. Its fauna is
rich in birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. The number of people visiting the Araripe National
Forest is growing for popular activities as hiking, or cycling with groups that are attuned to the nature
of Cariri. Ecological tourism has been increasingly encouraged in the region

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