In the center of Bahia, in a mountainous region, almost every day river basins of the Paraguaçu, Jacuípe and Rio de Contas are born. The water spring from the ridges, slide slowly through the vegetation and plummet in towering waterfalls, forming natural pools that are amazingly transparent. Chapada Diamantina is like this: wherever you look, you are faced with lush landscapes, blessed by mother nature.
The Chapada houses, numerous trails, beautifully shaped caves, a multitude of rivers and mountains, besides esoteric and alternative communities that show the sustainable side of the Park. Through stone paths, you'll also find rare beauties such as multicolored orchids and caves that have not been explored yet. The Chapada also invites you to venture through valleys and ridges, on horseback or in a canoe, climbing its rocks or jumping from waterfalls.
Cachoeira da Fumaça - Palmeiras
The terrain is considered difficult, with many rocks and, depending on the season, the sun can be disturbing. It will take you 2 hours just to arrives at the Cachoeira da Fumaça. Our advice: don’t get discouraged. Upon arrival, all your tiredness will disappear. The thin layer of water that falls through the wall seems to dance with the wind. The volume is so big and the hight so great that the water seems to disappear before it even touches the ground. Try to go to a rock in the middle of the cliff, lay down, look down and enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the tour: the waterfall seen from above. To feel the peace of the whole place, sit back and simply admire the incredible design of the canyon.
Poço Encantado and Poço Azul - Itaetê and Nova Redenção
Caves with crystalline water wells that, when sunlight passes through, reveal an elusive turquoise waters that is amazing to watch. This is when you notice why the Poço Encantado (Enchanted Well) has this name. It is a thought-provoking exercise to discover where the rocks ends and the water begins, in this amazing and beautiful place, as sun rays transform the Poço Encantado into a mirror in which images are projected from the ceiling.
Even with a depth varying from up to 61 meters, it is possible to see everything in its blue bottom, such as rocks and tree trunks that have been there for years. Be sure to enter its waters, the energy is impressive, and the fluctuation in the Poço Azul will be one of the most pleasurable sensations of your trip: you will be, in fact, plunged into the purest essence that we know as natural beauty.
A tip: before you enter Poço Azul and Poço Encantado, avoid using creams and sunscreen to keep the water clean.
Gruta Lapa Doce (Iraquara)
Considered the third largest cave in the country, the Lapa Doce has an incredibly beautiful and accessible trail. During the trail you will have the company of various fruit trees and flowers that will leave your path more colorful. Once there, get ready to recognize shapes such as a chandelier, lion, frog, angel and even a nativity scene in the rocks. The most amazing part of your trip will be when your guide turns off all lanterns and lamps. At this point, take a deep breath and feel all the energy of the place. You will come out of there renovated.
Gruta da Torrinha
If the subject is beauty and variety, you need to visit the Gruta da Torrinha. Instead of bromeliads and orchids, you will see canudos de gipsita with up to 60 cm in length and flores de aragonita (similar to glass flowers). In fact, the second biggest “glass flower” in the world is at the Torrinha.
These rare formations make it one of the most complete caves of the Chapada, considering the richness and diversity of their speleothems. Be sure to meet the famous and immense Salão Branco, the largest of the Chapada, besides the rare helictites with “glass flowers” on their tip.
Morro do Pai Inácio is a synonym of charm, grandeur, beauty and of legends and mysteries.
You will look around and see bromeliads, orchids, and cactus, a vegetation found in improbable places, but understandable, since the scenario is so fascinating that it is almost unbelievable. Sit down at the Morro, feel its peaceful atmosphere, apreciate its landscape, breath the fresh air and prepare yourself to witness one of nature’s most beautiful spectacles: the sunset at the Morro do Pai Inácio. It’s unforgettable.