|Location:||Southern part of São Paulo. 350km from Campinas.|
|Open:||Núcleos (Centers): daily 8-17|
|Last update:||$Date: 2011/12/13 08:43:51 $|
The Petar State Park is a nature preserve for the Atlantica forest. It is very rich in limestone and heavily karstified. More than 200 caves are known in the park.
Petar is neither the name of a cave nor of the area. It is the abbreviation of the name of the park, which is P.E.T.A.R. or Parque Estadual Turístico do Alto Ribeira (High Ribeira River Turistic State Park). But it seems to be common to use and write the name like it was Petar. The park was created in 1958 around the cities Iporanga and Apiaí.
Many caves in the park are open to tourists, but there is no real show cave, with paths and electric light. The caves are rather wild, some have wooden ladders. There is no light in any cave.
The park has four visitors centers, which are the starting point for any spelunking activity.
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