Chapada Diamantina

When to go

Jan-March

Ideal length

4 nights

Transfer time

1 hour flight from Patagonia

The national park of Chapada Diamantina is located in the very heart of Bahia in the north east of Brazil.  Literally translated it means the diamond highlands and is one of the best trekking areas inside Brazil.  The park contains part of the Espinhaco Mountain range which begins to the south, in the state of Minas Gerais. 

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN CHAPADA DIAMANTINA

LENCOIS

This is the main town and the base for all expeditions into the park.  This small town has cobbled streets, colonial architecture as well as a wide range of local restaurants and bars

PAI INACIO

Father Inácio’s Hill.  This is a short drive outside of Lencois and involves a walk of approximately 15min to its top – 1240m. From the top you have spectacular views of Chapada, revealing a series of flat topped mountains that are so characteristic of this landscape.

FUMACA WATERFALL

A full day’s walk takes you to the Cachoeira da Fumaça (Smoke Falls) which has a 340 metre drop. The wind prevents the water ever reaching the bottom, carrying it upwards, forming a curtain of droplets – thus the name “smoke”.

BURACAO WATERFALL

A waterfall with a 100 metre drop located in an impressive canyon.  The “Cachoeira do Buracão” (Big hole Waterfall) can only be reached by swimming through a canyon, where you can swim under the falls itself.  You may also swim in the surrounding water holes, rapids and natural ‘Jacuzzi’s’

IGATU & MUCUGE

Both of these small towns are well worth visiting.  Containing an abundance of colonial architecture, lined with cobbled streets and small shops.  The town of Igatu is made entirely of the local rock and has some of the most welcoming locals anywhere.  Well worth a beer at bar Igatu!

POCO ENCANTADO

The most visited places in Chapada, Poço Encantado is a pool of crystal clear blue water, formed of limestone. Between April and the beginning of September, especially in June and July, a single ray of sun reaches the surface of the pool and the play of light gives it a magical atmosphere

OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS IN CHAPADA DIAMANTINA

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