The Chapada Diamantina has also been strongly influenced by Afro Brazilian culture, at once enriching it’s cultural legacy but also a sad reminder of the diamond-era slave trade. 53 quilombolas (runaway slave communities) are certified by the Fundação Cultural de Palmares. Afro-Brazilian culture is strongly present in the local culinary traditions, for example in dishes such as the Banana Godó (made with ground meat and green plantain). Also in religious traditions like the Jarês, in musical forms and in Capoeira, Brazil’s unique musical martial art.
Encompassing an area of thousands of square kilometres, the many attractions of the Chapada Diamantina are spread throughout the counties of Lençóis, Palmeiras, Mucugê, Andaraí, Iraquara and Ibicoara.