Chapada Diamantina

Chapada Diamantina

Hey fit travelers out there 🙂 The next destination on our bucket list was Chapada Diamantina, Brazils most popular National Park with lots of challenging hikes and caves with beautiful blue water. Our timing to visit this area was perfect 😀 – NOOOOOT! It was a Brazilian holiday and this area was so fu***** crowded.
We were lucky to find a seat in one of the busses to Lencois and also to find 2 free beds in one of the endless variety of Pousadas there – Pousada Lavramor, which was surprisingly a really nice one… with 4 babycats around that welcomed us The Small town of Lencois is really beautiful and relaxed, but in case there were so many people spending their holiday here, we chose not to visit the most popular places and tours.
We met a really cool Lady called Olivia from a tourist agency named H2O Travels, who helped us to find some non touristy places and hikes, that we could visit for nearly no money. She has more than 26 years of experience of Chapada Diamantina’s secrets and hidden paradises and her recommendations were just great.
On the day of our arrival, we just did a short 6 km hike to beautiful natural pools and a mini waterfall. This was an amazing place and we found one pool that we had just for our own. We loved to chill there and nearly forgot the time when we realized it’s already getting dark and we still have to walk back.
The second day we climbed Pai Inacio – Yes this is a touristy place… but we found out how to have it just for yourself and even save the entrance fee 😀
There is a Van (Marques Van or something like that), that leaves next to the Lencois bridge at 7am and takes you to the entrance of Pai Inacio National Park for only 20 Reals. From there you can start your hike 4 km up to the top. There is a gate that normally opens at 9, we’ve been there at 7.30 and so we started our hike 1,5 hours before the first tourist bus could get in there 😀 When we arrived at the point, where you have to pay an entrance fee, nobody was there to charge it, so we just passed it and arrived at the windy top of Pai Inacio with no other people. We loved to have a short picknick there and to explore the amazing 360 degrees view of Chapada Diamantina.
As we saw the first tourist bus arriving, we packed our things and started the real hike of the day 😀 23 km back to Lencois. Yes we could have taken the Van back, but we could also have a nice meal or 14 cooco gelados (cold drinking coconuts) for the money 😀 – we started to count our money in coco gelados already haha
One recommendation for this hike: be sure to have enough water, there’s no chance to get more on the way accept at one gas station in the beginning and be sure to have Maps.Me (this helps you not to get lost)
After the 23 km hike through trails without any shadow, we arrived in Lencois completely overheated and we were so happy about our Acai bowl and coconut water that we did not even say a word while enjoying these things 😀 (Especially for Bina this is something really untypical ;))
The next day we planned to visit Sossego, a hidden waterfall with a huge natural swimming pool. It’s just a 16 km hike all in all, but it is really a challenging one. Someone told us: you will never find this place without a guide – haha WE DID! Okay we got lost a view times, but finally we arrived there and shared this amazing place with a disgusting snake, that loved to crawl, snail, walk -or however you call a snake moving- around our things.
On our way back climbing lots of rocks and slippery stones, martin nearly lost his shoe sole haha and we found an amazing natural pool with a waterslide. And the best thing: noone was there When we came back, we were just showering, having an amazing dinner in town and fell asleep really quick 😀
We had one more day here in Chapada Diamantina and thought of what to do, but because of the bad weather we just did a short hike to another waterfall and chilled there reading and preparing our new blog posts 🙂
At night we started our Trip to Itacare with a night bus…. we looooooove night busses 😀

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