A seven-hour bus ride from Salvador took us to Lençois, jumping-off point to explore the Chapada Diamantina National Park. Loosely translated into “diamond highlands,” the Chapada Diamantina was scene of a huge diamond boom and subsequent bust, leaving with it grandiose tales of diamond-filled riverbeds in the hills and a huge network of miners’ trails to explore. The nature is stupendous here: river-filled canyons and stunning rock formations are around every corner.
Having almost three weeks to explore it all, we spent the first couple of days poking around Lençois to swimming holes and waterfalls in the area. Note the rock conglomerations everywhere, smoothed over by thousands of years of, among other abrasives, diamonds!