For a change, getting out of the beach
16.12.2009 - 21.12.2009
Lençóis-BA and Chapada da Diamantina
After our long time on the beach, we decided to have a different time and head up to the Chapada da Diamantina in Bahia state. We´ve reached Lençóis on a dark night, due to another cut in the power supply that we already got used to in Brasil. It was a pity, since we couldn´t figure out that the place is a cute and charming town in the middle of a huge national park.
There we figured out that my father (Andre) was right when he says that in Brazil everything that is related to Eco-Turismo (ecological tourism) is extremely overpriced. From simple guesthouses to guide (mandatory in Brazil) everything is much more expensive than other places...
In the first day we did a small walk to some waterfalls and a colored sand rocks labyrinth close to the city, and incredibly: alone, with no guide (of course we got lost, because the trails are not marked...)
Next 3 day we went to the Mixila waterfall trek, a great trek, inside the park where you visit 5 different waterfalls in 3 days.
At the Mixila waterfall, only discovered 4 years ago
The water on the rivers are so dark, that it sometimes looks like you´re seeing a waterfall of coffee. This happens due to the tannin produced by the trees and flowers there that are brought by the river water.
The coffee colour like of the water. The water is drinkable, despite the colour.
The biodiversity in the Chapada da Diamantina is the second biggest in Brazil, guess where is the first one...
The trek was quite difficult, with amazingly steep walks up and down the cliffs, lots of jumping from one slippery stone to the other and lots of high vegetation to walk through.
After coming back from the trek we did a day trip to the other side of the park, to see the table mountain range that gave the name to the area (Chapada da Diamantina)
After a while it´s nice to see blue water again
Stalactites in a cave
When we arrived in Rio, we simply changed clothes and moved to the Pousada Lajter, Eco-Turismo branch in Teresópolis. Teresópolis is surrounded by mountains with lots of waterfalls and trek possibilities. Despite this, we did a big Xmas-eating long-family-weekend