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Juazeiro do Norte is a city in Ceará, Brazil, one of the largest pilgrimage sites of South America. It forms a larger urban area, dubbed CraJuBa, with neighbouring Crato and Barbalha containing some 400,000 people. Another 100,000 from smaller towns join in Cariri.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

The bus station is 3 km from the centre. Guanabara[1] has most departures. Taxi to the centre is R$ 10.

By plane[edit]

Daily flights to Fortaleza, Petrolina, Recife, Brasília and São Paulo by Gol.

Get around[edit]

A great number of buses pass by the western corner of Praça Padre Cicero, particularly at the terminal-like structure there.


The Landmark

Most of the sights revolve around the religious character Padre Cicero:

  • On Horto, a hill some 7 km nortwest of the centre, stands the statue of Padre Cicero, together with other dedications. Take bus Horto from Praça Padre Cicero, every hour on the hour.
  • Memorial Padre Cicero. 08:00-17:00. Mostly pictures explaining life and work. Free.


  • The last few days of October has 500 000 people coming to town, in a religious festival known as the Romaria.


There must be hundreds of tiny shops loaded with religious trinkets. Why not buy a two-inch Padre Cicero?


  • Lanchonete Vitória, Avenida Padre Cicero 438 (Half a block from the square). Late afternoon and evening. Burgers R$ 2-5, juices R$ 2-3.


A few simple, open-air spots at Praça Padre Cicero.

  • Barzinho do Zé, Rua Padre Cicero 498 (One block up from the square). Lunch till late. A notch more sophisticated than its neighbours. Often live music. Set lunch at R$ 4,50. Large beer R$ 3.


Dozens and dozens of pousadas in the center, particularly near Praça Padre Cicero. The cheapest (from R$ 10 per person) are on a strip of Rua São José, one block off the square.


  • Laundry, Rua Padre Pedro Ribeiro, by the corner of Rua Santa Rosa. Pick up next day. Wash and dry R$ 1-2 per garment.
  • Internet at several places along Rua Padre Cicero, uphill from the square, R$ 1/hour.

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