Chapada Diamantina is the name of a national ecological park placed in the heart of Bahia. It is an amazing region, with an astonishing diversity of landscapes and vegetation. It is hard to explain what it really is through words and photographs.
It has breathtaking waterfalls, including the “Fumaça” (smoke in English), which has such a huge fall (approximately 400 meters or 1200 feet) that the water disperses before touching the ground. The region also has amazing caves and “chapadas” (natural rock formations like mountains with flat tops).
The vegetation varies, but a great part of the park is covered with the typical “caatinga” vegetation, with cactus, bushes and small trees. In some areas, the water is so clear that one has more than 50 meters of visibility. Also, inside some caves, the water, in contact with the sunlight, gets an amazing bright blue color.
The city of Lençois is a small and cozy village with great lodges, comparable to nice hotels. It has a colonial style and a calm atmosphere.
The city of Mucugê, 150 Km away from Lençóis, is also interesting, with nice accommodation, although simpler than Lençóis. It also has an interesting and unusual attraction: the city cemetery.
Both cities are considered a national patrimony and developed when diamonds were found in the region. Today, the diamond extraction is forbidden. The name “Diamantina” comes from “Diamante”, diamond in Portuguese.
Chapada Diamantina is vast and one needs at least one week to visit the main attractions of the park. Ideally two to three weeks. Some visitors never leave Chapada as they fall in love with it. Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin is one of them...
The region can be visited all year round.