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The Chapada Diamantina National Park is one of the most fascinating Brazilian natural parks. The mountainous scenery is home to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems such as Cerrado, Atlantic Forest, Campos rupestres, Caatinga. There, bromeliads and orchids found a privileged environment, adapting to differences in climate, altitude and soil. The mountains that culminate at 1700 meters in Esbarrancado (see map of the trails) offer sustenance to ocelots, jaguars, mocós, deer, teiús and seriemas.

The quartzite massifs resisted the erosion initiated in the Precambrian forming mineral towers or hills. The Maracás and Cariris Indians dominated the region before the arrival of the first pioneers around 1750. The most representative hills with average altitudes of 1450 meters are spread over the municipalities of Palmeiras, Lençóis and Mucugê: Monte Tabor (Morrão), Calumbi (Morro do Camelo), Pai Inácio and Morro Branco do Paty defy time and feed local legends.

The cities surrounding the National Park abound in buildings of colonial architecture, vivid reminders of the richness of the diamond cycle that made Brazil the first world producer in the early twentieth century. The trails opened by the garimpeiros are covered today by trekking amateurs from all over the world. It is still possible to find old miners who knew the time when wealth poured out of the mountains.

The main rivers of Bahia hide their springs on the slopes of Chapada, the rivers Paraguaçu and Contas have dug deep canyons in the mountains and plains, creating scenarios of divine beauty in Cachoeira da Fumaça, in Iraquara caves and in Poço Encantado.

The Chapada Diamantina National Park was enacted in 1985 and is currently being implemented, being managed by Ibama based in Palmeiras.

Come to Chapada Diamantina and let yourself be enchanted by the natural beauty and rest assured, you will not be the same after this experience, shrink your Trekking below:

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