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‘Nissan expedition: on the search for Brazilian origins’ visits one of the largest prehistoric rock art sites in the world – in Piauí

SÃO RAIMUNDO NONATO, Piauí, Brazil – Nissan’s archaeological and driving journey in Brazil has gone to a very special place: Piauí state. One of the largest rock art sites in the world, Piauí is on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage list. It’s another piece of the origin of the human adventure, the second stage of “Nissan expedition: on the search for Brazilian origins.” Across Piauí’s backcountry, locally known as “Sertão,” the crew drove Nissan Frontier pickups to discover prehistoric rock art made 20,000 years ago by South America’s early inhabitants.

The Nissan Frontier convoy took journalists and guests back in time via an on- and off-road adventure to visit Brazil’s main archaeological sites. Last September, the first stage of the Expedition took explorers to Serra do Cipó, in the state of Minas Gerais, to visit that region’s main archaeological sites. There and more recently in Piauí, guests had an immersive experience with researchers and other professionals who protect the sites.

The second stage of the expedition began November 22 in Petrolina, in the state of Pernambuco, and followed to Bahia State before arriving in Piauí. Adventurers faced all types of terrain to get to the Serra da Capivara National Park in the hinterland of Piauí.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1991 by UNESCO, the Serra da Capivara has 940 archaeological sites with prehistoric rock art. The most ancient art found there dates back 29,000 years. The site features the first traces of human activity in South America, including remains of a 50,000-year old fire pit.


“Borders of the Eye” from National Geographic, Episode 1: Serra do Cipó
Watch the journey of photographer and climber Edson Vandeira in search of the cave paintings in the Serra do Cipó, one stage of “Nissan expedition: on the search for Brazilian origins.”

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