Chapada Diamantina is an absolutely breathtakingly beautiful National Park in the north east of Brazil – With over 38,000 square kilometers of stunning landscapes, huge canyons, high altitude grasslands and innumerous waterfalls, it covers an area larger than the Netherlands!
We have spent 3 days doing some great hikes: To the top of the highest waterfall in Brazil, Fumaca, where a fine stream of water cascades over a sheer 380m drop into the Capon Valley (Zoom in on Nick’s face in the photo below – He looks pretty concerned about the drop below him!); into a cave of rock formations, stalactites, stalagmites formed over millions of years (It takes between 10 and 35 years for each stalactite or stalagmite to grow one centimeter!); to Pratinha Cave with its natural clear pool; up the Pai Inacio Hill for great views across the tablelands; and along an old miner trail in the canyons of Sossego River to Sossego Waterfall. (Unfortunately, Nick was so busy taking pictures of Lucy’s hot new Brazilian trekking shorts on the way, the camera battery ran out just as we reached the waterfall, so that picture is courtesy of Google!)
The name ‘Diamantina’ refers to the diamonds found in the area in the mid-19th century. Supposedly only 30% of the diamonds had been discovered when mining in the region was stopped in 1996…which meant Lucy spent 100% of her time looking for the remaining 70%! Sadly, no luck; she’ll have to keep waiting for her diamond!