Discover the beauties and mysteries of the Xingó Canyon, on the São Francisco River. Boat trip through the canyons of the São Francisco River is an attraction of Piranhas, in AL

THE Xingó Canyon is the main tourist attraction in the state of Sergipe. the symbolic São Francisco River has its source in the state of Minas Gerais and flows in the south of Alagoas, also passing through the states of Bahia, Pernambuco and Sergipe.

Its main highlight is the Xingó Canyon I have a rare beauty. The attraction is formed by huge walls in orange tones that stand out in the midst of the green waters of the São Francisco River, in Alagoas.

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Xingó Canyon

Full of stories about the Northeastern culture and the cangaço, which in the 30s, had a great milestone in Brazil, becoming known worldwide for the deeds of Lampião, Maria Bonita and their gang.

The access for the canyons is in the small town of Canindé, in Sergipe's hinterland, 220km away from the capital Aracaju. The road that crosses the state passes through 7 cities and countless landscapes in the midst of the caatinga, which are transformed with the huge boulders and cacti typical of the region, such as the xique-xique, palm and mandacaru, which sprout from the ground in a low vegetation. typical of the hinterland. On the way, several modest houses with families from the countryside talking on the sidewalk, reveal a little of the calm of the northeastern sertão.

When you arrive in Canindé, look for the road that leads to the Karrancas restaurant on the edge of the São Francisco River. There, the visitor will pay for the entrance to the attraction and can enjoy the space that has a small private freshwater beach, a great restaurant with more than 40 options of regional dishes and even a helicopter that offers quick rides over the old Chico.

THE Xingó Canyon emerged after the damming of the waters of the São Francisco River for the construction of the Xingó Hydroelectric Power Plant, on the border between Alagoas and Sergipe. It is 60km long where the river water can reach 190 meters deep in some points.

Xingo Canyon

Xingó Canyon. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Xingo Canyon

Photo: Gustavo Albano

xingo canyon boat tour Alagoas

Entertainment staff present songs and dances typical of the region. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Boat trip through the canyons of the São Francisco River

To reach the 5th largest navigable canyon in the world, it is necessary to travel 18 km in charming catamarans that support up to 250 passengers.

The tour lasts an average of 3 hours, being 1 hour to reach the canyon, 1 hour to bathe and another to return. During the trip, the vessel's employees present regional stories and curiosities about the São Francisco River and the surrounding cities. The vessel also offers restrooms, showers and a compact restaurant with snacks and drinks.

During the tour, the visitor continues admiring the immensity of the São Francisco River, surrounded by mountains illuminated by the strong blue of the sky, almost always with few clouds.

xingo canyon boat tour Alagoas

Photo: Gustavo Albano

xingo canyon boat tour Alagoas

Boat trip between the Xingó Canyons, in Alagoas. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Boat trip stops

There is a fixed support from the company that makes the crossings to the attraction. There, tourists are invited to get off the boat and refresh themselves in an invigorating bath in two spaces surrounded by a hammock, one 1 meter deep, perfect for children and the other up to 5 meters deep, with buoys available so that the visitor does not have to do it. great efforts, just relax and enjoy this unique moment.

At the stop it is possible to buy some handicrafts displayed on the support deck. Canoes circulate between the canyons narrower of the river, in this stretch the strong rays of sun reflect in the water that mirror lights all over the wall, a scenic landscape, which has an average of 100 m of course.

Boat trip on the São Francisco River

Diving stop. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Boat trip on the São Francisco River

Canyons of the São Francisco River. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Boat trip on the São Francisco River

Canoe trip through the canyons of the São Francisco River, in Alagoas. Photo: Gustavo Albano


The boats departing from the Karrancas restaurant embark every day, always at 9:00 am / 10:30 am / 11:30 am / 2:00 pm, with the possibility of increasing the number of departures during peak seasons such as June and July, and from November to February.

on the way back to Aracaju the agencies that carry out the tour make a stop at the Casa de Doces Caseiros da Dona Nena, located on the side of the highway, in the municipality of Nossa Senhora da Glória. The highlights are the sweet cheese and milk, always fresh.

How to get to the São Francisco River Canyons

To get to Canindé de São Francisco you take the bus from the old bus station in Aracaju. There are several daily departures.

If you are not going to visit the region in your own vehicle, to make the trip easier, it is worth hiring a receptive person who will take you safely to the place. Leaving Aracaju, we recommend the Crystal Tour agency.


Restaurant Karrancas
Beiro Rio Beach, 01 – Rural Area
Caninde de San Francisco
[email protected]
Tel: (79) 9869-6428

Crystal Tour
Rua Urbano Neto, 121 – room 01 – Coroa do Meio
Aracaju - SE
[email protected]
Tel: (79) 3255-4479 / (79) 99908-001

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