Have you ever heard of St. Dominic? A city that has the entrance to an area full of caves and caves: the State Park of Terra Ronca. The region has about 1,000 caves, with only three hundred mapped and only forty-nine open to visitors, a number that decreases when it comes to tourist visitation.

Terra Ronca – Photo: Pablo de Sousa/Dedoc Abril/Dedoc Abril

Terra Ronca Park attracts adventure-seeking tourists as well as archaeologists and researchers. To visit all the caves, it takes a few days and a lot of provision, as some are difficult to access.

How to get there

The Park is exactly 641 km from Goiânia and 400 km from Brasilia, between the cities Guarani and São Domingos, bordering Bahia. Therefore, to get to the city an option is to go by br 020 to the clover of São Domingos, then leave the BR and walk 26 km to the city. The route is easily found on Google Maps.

Land Ronca I

Terra Ronca I Entry – Photo: William Oliveira

However, because they are visits to caves and carvernas somewhat tiring, the guides always choose to adjust the schedule as follows: caves in the morning and waterfalls at the end of the day, to rest.

Terra Ronca I is the best known cave in the region, which has a unique feature, difficult not to be noticed: its grand entrance 96 meters high and 120 meters wide. This cave has halls up to 90 meters high. In this cave is held the Feast of Bom Jesus da Lapa, always on August 6.

Terra Ronca I inside – Photo: William Oliveira

Angelic Grotto

Hall of Mirrors – Photo: Marcelo Pelegrino

The Angelica cave is easily accessible and a magnificent setting of a river that flows inside, so calm that it forms a mirror inside the cave. It is not recommended for people who have problems with enclosed places, because in some stretches the passages have very low ceilings.

The Cave São Bernardo requires a little more effort and courage, its entrance is a little steep and most of its route is done within the icy water that reaches the height of the chest and in a rocky terrain. But this effort is worth it because the view of the halls, like the Pearl, with white stones falling from the cave ceiling, is unique.

Among the numerous halls, what stands out is the Hall of Straws that has thousands of stalactites of the thickness of a straw that composes an indescribable scenario.

Gruta Angélica – Photo: Badini/ Reproduction

Saint Bernard Cave

Gruta São Bernardo – Photo: Eduardo Vessoni

Remember, "All tours must be done with the help of a guide, for they know the safe places to go."


Because the city is small you may have difficulty finding many things, so if you are a first-time adventurer follow the tips on how to prepare. In the city there are no snack bars, pharmacies and no ATM, so take cash.

  • Regular-use remedies
  • First aid kit
  • Objects of personal use
  • Nutritious food for trails (cereals, nuts, fruits, etc.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Body repellent
  • Outlet repellent with refill for the room
  • Tennis or trekking boots (don't try to explore sandal caves)
  • Nylon or taktel pants
  • Tall and thick socks
  • Shorts and swimwear
  • Cap or hat
  • Flashlight (preferably for helmets) and new batteries 
  • Canteen or bottle
  • Cold blouse

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