From water to wine
At the edge of the São Francisco River, Petrolina is a dynamic oasis in the sertão. The city transforms the waters of the "Velho Chico" (a fond nickname) river into a source of energy for undertakings and adventure.
Along with Juazeiro, on the opposite side of the river, Petrolina makes up the largest urban agglomeration in the Brazilian steppe. It has just become the home of a new federal university. And it is also the country’s primary exporter of fruit. For some time, however, the city hasn't stopped at cultivating grapes – it has also become a producer of increasingly-complimented wine, which is developed with consulting by foreign enologists.
Petrolina is very close to Piauí, in Pernambuco’s far west – and for this reason provides easier access for those who want to visit world-famous Serra da Capivara National Park, with its cave paintings and archeological sites.