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Chapada Diamantina

Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina (Diamond Plateau National Park) is one of the most fascinating national parks in Brazil. In the mountainous landscape you can find a large variety of ecosystems such as the cerrado (Brazilian savannah), the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Rainforest), rupestrian sites and even a desert, called caatinga. The ridges and their walls and hills , some of which soar for almost two thousand meters (1,700m), are home to jaguars, jaguatiricas (a small kind of jaguar), a small rodent called mocó , dears and a long-legged bird called seriema. The solid quartzite rocks form towers reaching over 1,500 meters and spreading through the cities of Palmeiras (Palm Trees Town), Lençóis (also the name of the local river) and Mucugê. The architecture of the cities around the national park is proof of the wealth from the diamond trading ages. The trails opened by the miners are today treaded by trekking and mountain bike athletes from all over the world. It is considered the number one region in Brazil for the practice of such sports. The numerous trails and waterfalls and the spectacular landscapes are the main attractions in our Chapada for the adventurers and nature-lovers.

The main rivers in Bahia hide their estuaries on the hills of Chapada Diamantina. The rivers Paraguaçu and Contas (Shells) have dug deep canyons on the ridges and beautiful plains, creating sceneries of enthralling beauty such as Poço Encantado (Enchanted Well). Canyoning was created to fully explore this environment and it includes trekking, swimming, rapeling, Tyrolean crossing and other vertical techniques. If you really enjoy the adventure, this is the tour for you.

The caves in Parque Espeleológico de Iraquara (Caving Park of Iraquara), nearby Palmeiras, form the biggest underground network in Brazil. The most visited ones are Torrinha (Little Tower), Lapa Doce (Sweet Shelter) , Buraco do Cão (Dog’s Hole) and Pratinha (Little Silver, a lake of crystalline water that offers cave diving and Tyrolean crossing). Chapada Diamantina and all its amazing beauty is a must-see location in Brazil.

During your trip don’t miss the oportunity to visit the Cachoeira da Fumaça (Smoke Fall), Cachoeira do Buracão (Big Hole Fall) and Morro do Pai Inácio (Pai Inácio’s Hill).

SERVICE

* LOCATION

425 kilometers from Salvador

* WEATHER
Average annual temperature ranging between 22° and 24° Celsius

Droughts season from August to October

* MAIN ACTIVITIES

Trails, islands, waterfalls, trekking, mountain biking

* ACTIVITIES DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Trekking: requires a minimum fitness condition, levels II and III

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