Why visit Chapada Diamantina?
With its high number of waterfalls and caves (more than anywhere else in Brazil), to the rugged mountain plateaus and grassy valleys, there is something for everyone in Chapada Diamantina National Park. Due to its remote location and lack of a mobile signal, we strongly suggest joining an organised tour with a qualified guide to explore the park.
Reasons to visit Chapada Diamantina include:
- Renowned for its unique natural beauty and vast, almost untouched, wilderness
- An important water source, many rivers begin their journey here. The waterfalls are spectacular, particularly when they appear to drop from the vertical walls of mountains
- One such waterfall, one of the highest in Brazil, is the Fumaca Waterfall at 400 metres, and you can hike to the top. During certain periods the waterfall is dry, but the hike is still beautiful
- Discover the regional cave capital and explore the enormous limestone Lapa Doce cave with superb rock formations, stalactites and columns
- From caves to mountains, hike to the top of the Morro do Pai Inacio and admire the sunning 360 degree views of Chapada Diamantina, a great spot for watching the sunset
- The wildlife here is not prolific though you may come across monkeys, deer, rodents and agouti on your travels. Less likely to be spotted are the jaguars and anteaters
- The sedimentary rocks that form the flat-topped mountains have an orange hue that looks wonderful at sunset
When to go to Chapada DiamantinaChapada Diamantina works as a year-round destination, it has a fairly even climate. The rainy season is considered to be from November to March and the dry season from August to October (waterfalls may be less spectacular at this time of year, and some will be dry). April to July can have changeable weather, fitting somewhere in-between. Although there is a rainy and a dry season, rain can occur throughout the year. Temperatures are in the low 20s most of the year, although at night it can be quite cool, particularly in the mountains.
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Time: GMT -3 hours
Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.