- Encounters with locals
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Extreme Sports
- Park and garden
- Sustainable Tourism
- Off the beaten track
On all my travels, I've rarely seen such a beautiful place as the Chapada Diamantina, so much so that my dream is to spend a whole month there, walking, hopping from rock to rock like a mountain goat and paddling up and down the rivers, the waters of which are sometimes blue (due to the presence of magnesium) and sometimes black (due to high levels of iron).
Vale do Capão (main town: Palmeiras, population 8000) is one of the essential places to see in Chapada. Activities to do? Hiking (and plenty of it), nature watching, rock climbing, mountain biking, and to refresh your tortured muscles after all that effort, a little paddle at the Cachoeira da Fumaça ("Smoke Falls") is a must!
There are many little tour and extreme sports agencies in the area that can act as your guide and organize activities for you.
In my opinion, the region of Chapada Diamantina (not to be confused with the town of Diamantina in Minas Gerais) ought to be considered an essential place to see when visiting Brazil, one of the top five in fact.
Found in an isolated part of the region, Capão has everything you need if you're looking to get off the beaten track.
Some find this village enchanting, some just think it's full of hairy, out of work hippies. One thing's for sure...it won't leave you indifferent.
The town itself is tiny, but its setting's stunning. Imagine it - lush vegetation, mountains, plateaus, waterfalls and even trails where crystals are mixed among the pebbles. It's magical. And with such a high number of hiking trails in the Chapada (or 'marvelous Vale do Paty'), you'll find lots of interesting and unusual things to do along the way. Circus courses, complimentary medicine, alternative therapies, yoga, capoeira angola martial arts, seances with shamans, beekeeping...it's a multi-cultural spot! A lot of people have come here, fallen in love with the area and never left. When you get here, you'll see what I mean. It's not just its beauty but also a place where you'll meet people who've decided to live life on the margins, away from consumer society. You may well find yourself embroiled in pseudo-philosophical discussions, which may bore some of you, but not me!