Trail to the Park’s lookout
To hike to the Chapada Diamantina National Park’s lookout and enjoy the vast vision of the Esbarrancado peak (1700m altitude) is the newest adventure that Bistrô da Onça offers for those looking for the emotion, the energy and the vastness of the Chapada.
The panoramic view is complete: to the north the Morro do Pai Inácio and the Morro do Camelo, to the south all the Patí valley. And if on the east side one can see beyond the Morro Branco do Capão, all it takes is a half turn to the west to enjoy how the Serra do Barbado becomes darker turning into a contour line against the intense sunset light.
Intermediate level trail. Duration: 5/6 hours
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The Chapada Diamantina is an extensive region of mountains, valleys and plateaus crossing the state of Bahia from north to south, including the National Park of the same name. The Chapada embraces different biomes such as the Caatinga, Cerrado and the Atlantic Rain Forest. From this combination, exotic microclimates have emerged, including mountains, valleys, natural pools, waterfalls, caverns with limestone formations, some with paintings, and even a marshland, the Marimbus. The ecological importance of the Chapada Diamantina led to the creation of the National Park in the 1980’s transforming the region into a mandatory destination for eco/adventure tourism, climbers, bikers and bird watchers.
The area’s history is closely tied to the economic cycle of diamond prospecting. With the discovery of the first mines at the end of the 18th century, the region went through a drastic transformation and attracted large numbers of workers in search of riches. The magnificent local architecture in the Chapada’s towns is a reflection of the economic splendor produced by the diamond trade. And example is the town of Lençóis, which has been declared a national cultural heritage by the Instituto do Patrimonio Histórico e Artístico (IPHAN).
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.