Jericoacoara National Park

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Jericoacoara National Park
Parque Nacional de Jericoacoara
IUCN category II (national park)
2010. Jijoca de Jericoacoara (CE) (3).JPG
Lake between the dunes in Jericoacoara
Map showing the location of Jericoacoara National Park
Map showing the location of Jericoacoara National Park
Jericoacoara National Park in Brazil
Coordinates 2°47′S 40°30′W / 2.783°S 40.500°W / -2.783; -40.500Coordinates: 2°47′S 40°30′W / 2.783°S 40.500°W / -2.783; -40.500
Area 8,850
Established 1984
Administrator Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMbio)

Jericoacoara National Park is a national park of Brazil, located in the municipality of Jijoca de Jericoacoara, state of Ceará. On its seashore is located the famous beach of Jericoacoara.

About Jericoacoara[edit]

The word Jericoacoara comes from Tupi (an indigenous language) and means "house of turtles." It is a town and a beach of Ceará, as well as the name of the national park created in its surroundings. Jericoacoara is a location with favorable conditions for windsurfing and sandboarding. Jericoacoara is an environmental protection area since 1984, and National Park since 2002 to protect and preserve the natural beauty.[1]


A fact of some historical significance is the report of Vicente Yanes Pizone (Captain of Nau Nina, the fleet of Christopher Columbus), which anchored in the bay of Jericoacoara in 1499.[2] But this was not official at the time as a result of the Treaty of Tordesillas, which was signed in the same year.


  1. ^ "LEI Nº 11.486, DE 15 DE JUNHO DE 2007." (in Portuguese). Brasília: Presidência da República, Casa Civil, Subchefia para Assuntos Jurídicos. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Jericoacoara's Guide". Retrieved 2009-06-03. 

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