In addition to housing an impressive mountain range that functions as a nature reserve full of rivers, caves, canyons, waterfalls, rare plant species and home to many animals, the Chapada Diamantina National Park is the ideal option for people who practice ecotourism and also for those who have never had close contact with nature.
Chapada Diamantina is located in the center of the state of Bahia, 420 km from Salvador. It is a vast area of 38,000 km² on a vast plateau that varies from 400m to 2000m at sea level, larger than many countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium or Israel.
The creation and occupation of the towns and villages of Chapada Diamantina is a direct result of diamond exploration. In the 18th century, gold mining began in the southern part of Chapada, in the Río de Contas region, but it was with the discovery of diamonds in the Serra do Sincorá, in the 19th century, that the formation of future cities began like Mucugê, Andaraí and Lençóis, and became the diamond trading center at the time. The money attracted people from everywhere, adventurers, cruise workers, miners, slave owners, merchants, and many others.
After about twenty-five years, the duration of the gold mining phase, with the decomposition of the diamond and the discovery of diamond deposits in Africa, there was a large abandonment of the region. Those who stayed were adapting to rural work, livestock and agriculture. In less prosperous soil areas such as Lençóis, mining lasted until around 1985, when the activity was finally banned, and the Chapada Diamantina National Park was founded, with the intention of protecting the region and promoting ecological tourism.
Arrival at Lençóis airport. Upon arrival, transfer to the city of Lençóis. In the afternoon we will take a tour of the city. The city of Lençóis stands out for the beautiful architectural heritage that remains from the golden times of mining, with historical buildings from the 19th century, included in the National Artistic Historical Heritage. Most of them still retain their original characteristics, such as the old French consulate, the Rosario church, among others. The city also has a museum dedicated to the writer and doctor Afrânio Peixoto. In all the details of the houses that make up the center, we will better understand the history of the city that once had intense trade with Europe, during the period when it was considered the Diamond Capital of Brazil. Accommodation.
We start the day with a delicious breakfast. Today we will leave for a full day excursion to visit the Gruta da Pratinha and Mirante do Camelo. We leave Lençóis by car in the morning and start with a visit to the Pratinha grotto, where it is possible to take a delicious swim in the river with crystal blue water. We end the day with the amazing view from the camel's point of view. Back to the hotel. Accommodation.
Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant. In the morning, we drive to the viewpoint of the Mosquito waterfall, one of the most beautiful in the region, 50 meters high. After contemplating, we headed south to the park. On the way we will pass through the city of Andaraí and at the viewpoint of the Paraguaçú river, going up to the town of Igatu, known as Machu Pichu of Chapada Diamantina. A small community of 400 inhabitants, almost all built under stones and that conserves in its history relics such as the ruins of the garimpeiro houses, many objects and super interesting facts about the period of diamond exploration in the region. In the town of Iguatú, the terrain is very rugged because it is made of irregular stone blocks, so we will use the Julietti chair to facilitate movement. We will have a regional lunch in the town of Igatu and, after a short break, we will return to Lençóis. Accommodation.
We enjoy breakfast served in the Pousada's restaurant and we have a free day. As optional activities we suggest, among others, natural soap workshop, self-massage workshop, natural plant trails, yoga practices. At night it is possible to enjoy the starry night of the region and enjoy food or drinks in open-air bars on the main street of Lençóis. accommodation
Breakfast served in the restaurant of the Pousada. At the designated time, transfer to Airport.
The trails and some of the tours are done with the Juliette mountain chair.
There is no availability of adapted vehicles in Lençóis. The services are carried out in vehicles without adaptations and it is necessary to transfer from the wheelchair.
On the Pratinha grotto, an adapted bathroom is available.
This program is not recommended for users of motorized wheelchairs.