Epic Discovery Memorial (Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento)
Built on the seafront, the Epic Discovery Monument is made up of a life-size replica of Nau Capitânia, the vessel that brought Pedro Álvares Cabral and his crew to Brazil. There is also a museum, where the story of Brazil’s colonization is told through documents and artifacts.
Take a tour with the museum’s guides—who are all descendants of Pataxó Indians—to learn about the colonization of the land and about the native species found on the trail. You can also visit a replica of a Hollow, a typical style of Pataxó lodging.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Epic Discovery Memorialis is popular with visitors interested in Brazilian history.
The monument is not wheelchair-accessible.
Children under 12 and seniors over 60 enter for free.
How to Get There
The Epic Discovery Memorial is located on Cruzeiro beach, about a 5-minute drive—or a 25-minute walk—from the center of the city of Porto Seguro. There is free parking available around the memorial.
When to Get There
The memorial is open Tuesdays through Sundays, from early morning through early evening with a break for lunch. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Expect to spend between 1–2 hours exploring the site.
If you are interested in the history of Portuguese colonization, head to Monte Pascoal National Park, south of Porto Seguro, after your visit to the Epic Discovery Memorial. The park was created in 1961 to preserve the first point of land seen by Cabral’s crew and covers an area of 56 square miles (145 square kilometres) that includes the indegenous Pataxó tribe’s protected land.