Chapada Diamantina – Treks in the mountains, canyons and waterfalls

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A large green canyon, a blue cave, an orange waterfall... Chapada Diamantina National Park will dazzle you with its colors.

A six-hour drive west of Salvador, this 152-hectare lung of greenery offers landscapes worthy of the Amazonian forest.

Proof that Brazil is not just about dream beaches! Lovers of treks and the great outdoors, this destination is for you.

Our favorite activity: 3 days – 2 nights in Chapada Daimantina



At the entrance to the park, the old mining town of Lençois has long been the destination of diamond seekers.

The reserves of precious stones have run out, but the village retains charming alleys lined with colorful XNUMXth century facades.

A soothing base after long days of walking in the mountains.

The park of Chapada Diamantina

It's hard to know where to start as Chapada Diamantina National Park has so many natural wonders.

One of the most beautiful walks crosses the mountains to Pai Inacio, a sort of large canyon covered in jungle.

To get there, you will have to walk about fifteen kilometers from Lençois through the lush vegetation of cacti, orchids and other philodendrons.

After 5 hours of hiking, breathtaking view of the canyon and the plateaus, the reward is great!


Nothing beats a swim after a good trek. The waterfalls and 35 rivers in the park are made for that.

You will come across many of them during your getaway, but the most famous is the Fumaça waterfall, the largest in Brazil with its waterfalls over 400 meters high! Some caves are also worth a detour, such as the "enchanted well" which receives the rays of the sun in the morning and allows you to see all the way to the bottom of the cave through turquoise water.


For the more adventurous, the pousadas and agencies of Lençois offer multi-day hikes in small groups with a guide, where you can camp in the middle of the mountains or fall asleep in a hammock under the stars.

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