Chapada DiamantinaBahia, Brazil
The Chapada Diamantina National Park is located 400km west of Salvador and is centred on an upland area approximately 160km long and 30km wide.
The region is famous for its extraordinary geology and the former economic activity of diamond mining has given way to eco-tourism. Visitors can get to the bottom of waterfalls, explore caves and swim in bright blue underground rock pools, but for many the highlight will be the full day or half day walks, or longer treks through the stunning scenery.
We would suggest staying in the Hotel Canto das Aguas in the beautifully restored town of Lencois, which is one of the better hotels in the park. Those going on longer distance walks may want to stay in a second destination and the deserted mining town of Igatu is very charming and has a choice of several fairly basic pousadas to stay in.
The Chapada Diamantina is still relatively unknown to international visitors and we think it is one of the undiscovered highlights of Brazil.