Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Diamantina Tableland Region (Chapada Diamantina)

The vast Atlantic Forest, flower fields and plateaus of an endless green divide the landscape with stretches of caatinga. Huge rock walls, canyons, grottos, caves, rivers and waterfalls complete the exquisitely beautiful scenery of Chapada Diamantina.

Initially inhabited by the Maracás Indians, the actual occupation occurred during the golden times of mineral prospection, from 1710, when gold was found near Contas River, marking the arrival of the explorers. In 1844, the colonization was boosted by the discovery of valuable diamonds in the surroundings of Mugugê River, and the traders, settlers, Jesuit priests and foreigners that lived in the villages controlled and regulated by the power of wealth.
Lençóis, Rio de Contas, Morro do Chapéu and Andaraí are some of the cities where it’s still possible to travel in time and relive the golden period of the region. The architectonical compound dates from Colonial Brazil and preserves an important part of the national history.
Chapada Diamantina is home to a large diversity of fauna and flora. There are more than 50 kinds of orchids, bromelias and other native flowers and also rare specimens of animals, such as the great anteater, the giant armadillos, wild cats and innumerous kinds of birds and snakes. The Chapada Diamantina National Park, created in the 80’s, is the organ responsible for the protection of all this exuberance.
Chapada Diamantina gathers a variety of natural and cultural attractions in the heart of Bahia; the right choice for those looking for peace and quiet or history and adventure. (bahia website)

Visit The Diamantina website for more information.

NATIONAL PARK

Morro do Pai Inácio



 (photos via flick)

LENCÓIS:  Bucolic and cosmopolitan at the same time, Lençóis is a beautiful historic city with great tourist potential. It has the largest infrastructure in the region, airport, numerous choices of lodging, food and travel agencies.(guide)
The town has a well-preserved colonial atmosphere and is the starting point for treks into Chapada Diamantina.




 



Photo flickr by Hotel Cantos das Águas



Cachoeira da Fumaça

 
Cachoeira da Fumaça. Photo via flickr
 
 

Fazenda Pratinha




Poço Azul







Credit: blog um pouquinhodecadalugar

Cave Lapa Doce. Credit blog um pouquinhodecadalugar


Byzantine cemetery in Mucungê.
At the foot of a huge cliff at the edge of the road BA-142, a sequence of white tombstones, that mimic small Gothic churches, so the amazing cemetery Mucuge. The buildings are from the early 19th century, when outbreaks of cholera and smallpox reached the place. With epidemics, a distant city location was necessary to bury the dead - the Byzantine influence came from diamond buyers of Turkish origin who lived here. At night, spotlights the cemetery in blue color. (search abril/veja)

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