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  • Day5

    Chapada Diamantina

    February 25 in Brazil

    Hallo ihr Lieben 🙋🏽‍♀️

    Wir haben die letzten Tage im Landesinneren weg von Stränden und dem Meer im Nationalpark verbracht.

    Chapada Diamantina befindet sich 400 Kilometer westlich von Salvador entfernt und umfasst eine Fläche von circa 1520 km². Bekannt ist er für seine weiten Täler, Tafelberge und unzähligen Wasserfälle.

    Nach 7,5h Fahrt von Salvador aus sind wir abends in Lençois, der "größten“ Stadt des Parks, angekommen. Nachdem wir in unser wunderbares Hostel eingecheckt haben, in dem wir gleich sehr familiär aufgenommen wurden, sind wir noch etwas auf Erkundungstour in die kleine Stadt gelaufen. So hilfsbereit und liebevoll bin ich selten empfangen worden. Sollte ich nochmal in die Nähe kommen, würde ich jederzeit sofort zurück. Das Stadtbild erinnert ein bisschen an Italien, es gibt engen gepflasterten Straßen auf denen Tische und Stühle stehen und unzählige Straßenkünstler singen, handgemachten Schmuck oder Gebäck verkaufen. Wir haben uns gleich so wohl gefühlt. Man kann es leider nicht so gut erkennen auf dem Bild, da es schon dunkel war. Überall gab es die Restaurantkarten auch auf Englisch, das Essen war toll gewürzt und es gab völlig andere Dinge. Nudeln, Brushetta, Salate. Keine Abfertigung mit Reis, Bohnen, Fleisch und etwas Salat.

    Wir haben uns dann gleich am nächsten Tag zu einer Tour aufgemacht und sind morgens nach einen unfassbar liebevoll zubereiteten Frühstück gestartet. Als erstes haben wir eine Höhle angesteuert die Glasklares Wasser hatte. Man durfte erst dort schwimmen wenn man sich vorher geduscht hatte, damit keine Cremes etc. das Wasser verunreinigen. Das Wasser war wirklich so glasklar das wir ohne Probleme 25 Meter tief runter sehen konnten.

    Anschließend mussten wir 120 km weiter in eine andere Richtung uns dann zu einem Wasserfall durch den Regenwald. Ihr seht ihn auf dem letzten Bild noch von weit oben. Das war schon ein ganz schöner Marsch dahin aber es hat sich gelohnt. Unsere Gruppe bestand nur aus 4 Mädels und unserem Guide. Es waren noch zwei Französinnen bei uns die auch sehr nett waren und schon einige Zeit reisen.

    Am nächsten Tag hat es leider wieder nur geregnet. Wir wollten eigentlich ein Aussteigerdorf in der Nähe besuchen. Dort leben Europäer, Brasilianer, Menschen aus aller Welt zusammen, die ihren Job aufgegeben haben und jetzt in der Gemeinschaft leben. Dort ist es egal wer du bist und was du vorher gemacht hast. Jeder wird als Mensch gesehen und integriert sich, so gut er kann in die Gemeinschaft ein. 🤗

    Ansonsten ist Brasilien für europäische Backpacker, die kein Portugiesisch sprechen wirklich nicht gerade einfach. Auch Anschluss finden in den Hostels. Der Großteil der hier reist sind Südamerikaner oder spanischsprechende Backpacker. Viele bleiben lieber unter sich. Und auch an Busterminals, Restaurants, Bars etc. ist englisch einfach oft nicht hilfreich. Wir sind jetzt 1 Monat hier und müssen immer noch täglich ganz schön kämpfen. Es dauert auch leider alles einfach länger, weil auch Buchungen etc. mit Google Übersetzer erst bearbeitet werden müssen.

    Ich bin ab jetzt alleine unterwegs und blicke dem Ganzen hier nicht so gelassen entgegen wie in Australien. Zum einen ist es gefährlicher das zeigt auch die Polizei- und Militärpräsenz überall, dann ist es nicht leicht Anschluss zu finden und das Organisieren, Nachfragen, Hilfe suchen wenn es nicht klappt ist zu zweit einfacher. Wir haben oft einen hohen Stresspegel, wenn wir mit all unseren Sachen jeden 2/3 Tag rum laufen und irgendwas suchen. Da hilft es einem sehr, wenn jemand da ist, der das gleiche durchlebt, den Kopf schüttelt und einfach da ist.

    Zudem habe ich mir den Magen leider wieder verdorben. Bin gestern 1,6 km durch 30 Grad Hitze gelaufen und mir war eiskalt. Im Hostel angekommen ging es wieder los mit dem brechen und heute Nacht habe ich Fieber bekommen. Bin wirklich völlig platt und würde den Flug am liebsten streichen aber da er so teuer war, sehe ich zu das ich das irgendwie schaffe. Wenn man alleine ist und es geht einem schlecht, hört es wirklich auf Spaß zu machen. 🙈

    Fliege später nach Fortaleza und werde euch dann weiter von der Küste berichten, denke das ich dort erstmal ein paar Tage runterfahre. 🤗

    Liebe Grüße und bis bald,
    Angi
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  • Day4

    Lencois - Chapada Diamantina

    January 4, 2017 in Brazil

    Auf in den Nationalpark! Herrlich hier.

    Heute am 4.1. Ausflug zu Fuß mit Séverine und Tabea zu einem großartigen Aussichtspunkt, Naturpools, ausgetrockneten Flussbett und Wasserfall gemacht.
    Morgen dann Tour mit Auto und Guide.
    Schaut einfach die Bilder an.

    05.01.2017
    Heute war unsere Tour mit Guide durch den Nationalpark. Folgende schicke Spots haben wir besucht:
    + Pratinha
    + Poço do Diabo
    + Gruta Azul
    + Morro do Pai Inácio (Auf jeden Fall das Highlight!)
    Und natürlich beim Fahren die weite Natur genossen und einiges in der Natur erklärt bekommen.

    Der nette Herr mit Gitarre und Davids Cap ist ein Bossa Nova Spieler. Wir haben ihn am See im Nationalpark getroffen und er hat Bossa Nova Lieder auf der Gitarre gespielt und dazu portugiesisch gesungen. Just for fun, nicht für Geld. Haben zwar kaum was verstanden, klang aber super gut. Er hat dann David eingeladen auch was auf seiner Gitarre zu spielen. So haben wir ein paar Stunden zusammen gesungen und gelacht, dazu Bier - top!
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  • Day26

    Chapada Diamantina

    October 17, 2016 in Brazil

    Status: half zittend/liggend in de bus naar Belo Horizonte - nog 22 uur te gaan, 12 uur gehad.

    De afgelopen 4 dagen zijn we in het super mooie Chapada Diamantina National Park geweest. Eerst zijn we zelf op ontdekkingstocht gegaan de bergen in, inclusief privé gids: Trump de hond. De rest van de dagen zijn we onder begeleiding van echte gidsen naar verschillende delen van het park geweest zoals naar (blauwe)grotten, watervallen (een na hoogste van Brazilië), valleien en kraakheldere meren. We hebben voldoende calorieën verbrand om het 'gezonde' Braziliaanse eten te compenseren.
    We verbleven in Lençois bij een lief stel via Airbnb dat gelukkig voor ons steeds vroeg in de ochtend op wilden staan om de check-in én -uit en het ontbijt te regelen.

    Langzaam aan reizen we in de richting van de familie van Robert..
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  • Day205

    Wonderful Waterfalls

    June 20, 2016 in Brazil

    We woke early in the morningand after having breakfast and we have a quick chat with a couple of kiwis that are staying in the same pousada. They are booked on the three day tour today and although a little bit jealous my back just really is not up to it.just before nine we make our way down to Paulos sister to have a bit of pampering. I havent painted my nails in months as the last time i tried it was so hot the nail varnish was drying before id actually put it on my nail. Its strange because here they dont paint accurately they correct after and use a sharp stick wrapped thinly with cotton wool and dipped in nailvarnish remover. Maek has gone to find the bank but when he returns there is a problem as none of the banks here accept our card, the woman tells us not to worry as sge has gone online and there is a Bradesco bank here, so she sends her daughter with us to find it. When we arrive the bank is closed but the owner shouts from over the road he will open at 8 in the morning so it shoul be in time to pay for our trip. Feeling like a new woman we walk back to the pousada to ger our hiking gear on and walk out of town towards the trail. There isnt actually much of a trail to follow as its just huge rock formations but our guide has told us to just follow the river. We wind our way up the river bed which is really dry, just a small river of water but as we reach higher ground it flows a little stronger. Within the rock formations are holes filled with water, some obviously deeper than others by the darkness of them. We carry on walking to the top whee there is a young lad selling beers. We buy one each and sit chatting to him and shortly afterwards another guy joins us who speaks perfect English. We ask the guys about going further up The Trail both advise us that it's not safe and with going on the trek tomorrow we finish our beers and walk back down to the town. We go back to the pousada and chill for an hour or so before showering and heading back down town for dinner. The town has even more flags all over the place now and theyre putting up figures similar to big guy fawkes. There are a couple of boards where you can pit your head through and a small house has been built with adobe and psalm leaves . There are lots of people working in the square as tonight there will be traditional music. Mark orders pizza which for Brazil is really good, but im not hungry and still feeling out of sorts. As Mark finishes eating it starts to rain and we make a run for the slaves market around the corner. They have a little artisan market here and there is a stall in here selling jewellry made from golden straw. It really is beautiful. A joint descision is made to head back to the pousada and my back is glad to be laid on a cool flat surface. Time for bed😲Read more

  • Day206

    Waterfalls and mountains

    June 21, 2016 in Brazil

    We wake early in the morning as we are going on the trek, But first we need to resolve the money issue. There is no bank here but we have been told that we will be able to get money from a little restaurant on the main street that apparently has a cash machine. We arrive at 8 AM in the morningwhich is when it is due to open but Brazil being Brazil this is not The case. There are a few guys outside the place who when i ask what time it opens tell us 830. They shout at the top of their voices repetatively until the guy opens the shop. I apologise and explain that we have a tour at 830 and we have no cash to pay but he asvises me that the machine only works with bradesco banks and i tell him i can use Bradesco, so he lets me in. It really is like a high ranked mission to get money here and when he shows me the machine its just a card reader and i know before i try thar this just isn't going to work. We make our way back to the agents and when we arrive she tells me it's not a problem and we can pay by card. I wish wed known this in the first place. We board the bus and its all Brazilians and a guy from Quebec called Paul. Our first stop is a 1 hr trek down the Mucugezinho River. Walking along the river bed our guide tells us that the river will become very fast soon as they have had 2 days of rain in the mountains and this will feed downstream. When we reach 3 km along the river is a beautiful waterfall. There is a huge pool here with a giant waterfall which is called Poco do Diablos and in years gone by slaves had been thrown in here as punishment for stealing diamonds. Mark swims under the waterfall where a beautiful rainbow is formed and i paddle my legs as its so cold. We trekk back to the bus and in the gift shop at the top they have a table and chairs made out of recycled lorry tyres. Its one of the comfiest table and chairs ive sat on, i was sad to have to get back on the bus. We make a short drive to a place called Gruta Da Lapa Doce. We trekked down hill for 10 mins before feeling the temperature drop and as we continued our guide pointed out tarantulas nests and webs. Then we saw one with a spider guarding its gate . I took a quick piccie but im amazed at how the wildlife here has such a way of camouflaging with its background. There is a cave here where locals actully still live and within the cave is a natural pool where the fish that swim here are opaque. We are allowed access to the other side of the cave created by the sunterranean river years ago. It was full of stalignites and staligtights, walking through the sandy path for nearly 2km each one having a story of what they look like. We are picked up by our bus and dropped back to the top of the cave where we hand in our torches and take lunch. The Next stop is gruta Azul another cave but this time filled with water so blue it looked like it was dyed with food colouring. For obvious reasons we are not allowed to swim here and the photo just doesnt do it justice it looks like someone has used food colouring in it. We walk back up the hill and back on the minibus to Gruta Da Pratinha where another natural pool of the clearest water this place is breath taking. We now have an hour to take a swim and have a beer so we indulge in both. Last stop is the sunset at Morro Do Pai we have a 40 minute climb but the views are unbelievable and its a perfect sunset. Ive set the phone up to do a time lapse and i think ive caught a beautiful video but the camera has blown in the wind and its filmed the top of the mountain. Back to town we collect our rucksacks and have a bowl of pasta before walking to the bus station where we have a 3 hr wait for the bus at 2330Read more

  • Day19

    2 day trek

    July 2, 2017 in Brazil

    Already at 7 in the morning our guide Washington picked us up because to get to the the start of the trail took 2 hours by car. We were supposed to pay for the tour but it was just impossible to withdraw some cash in the village as there was only one bank plus which ran out of money. So Washington was teasing us that no money no food and we will have to cook by ourselves.

    Once we reached the trail, wel left the car just with our small backpacks with water and clothes we were wearing because Washington warned us that what is one kilo now feels like three during the track. I really admired him as he was carrying food for all four of us for the following two days. The track started with a steep climb of a mountain, followed by a plain until we reached one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. To enjoy the view even more, Washington prepared a very good lunch for us. From up there we could see the place where we were supposed to spend the night. It looked so close but in reality so far. Therefore we continued hiking, walking down the steep mountain just the opposite side from the morning one.

    In the afternoon we reached "our accomodation". It was like an oasis in the middle of the mountains. It was a home of a local family who provides shelter for tourists like us during the trek. It was a true paradise, couple of simple houses with no electricity, hens, roosters and mules running around. We really could not imagine a better and more peaceful place to take a rest after an exhausting hike.

    Later we went just up a near hill with the aim to watch a sunset. Although the sunset was not really succesful as we were in the valley and the sun went down behind a mountain...the colors of the sky were still amazing. When we came back, Washington already set a table with an amazing dinner. We had a really good talk over the dinner about the local life. I was curious how is it with the school there as we were really in the middle of nowhere in the mountains and the local family had kids. The answer was really shocking, the kids have to go everyday to the nearest village to attend school, so basically they gotta do the trek to cross the mountain every single day. They use the mules, we have seen running around, but still I was feeling really priviliged that I live so close to my school, eventhough I complain all the time that I have to go there.

    After the dinner already around 8 pm we totally passed out with exhaustion but really happy that we could do trekking in such an amazing nature.
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  • Day20

    Last day in the park

    July 3, 2017 in Brazil

    In the early morning Washington could not get us out from the bed. However, smelling freshly baked homemade bread, we were up immediately. After getting our energy back from an amazing breakfast we went on the track again. This part of the hike was not tough in the sense of climbing, however, was much longer and the weather was not so good as the previous day. The hike requiered a lot jumping from one boulder to another, and going through mud and bushes...so as seen on the last picture my originally white nikey's were not white anymore. Washington took us to see a spectacular waterfall, it was like 300 metres tall. There he also prepared a lunch for us. Afterwards we walked back towards our car. Today we walked around 20 kms. Although we were exhausted, we really had an amazing time. Reaching the hostel, we were happy to take a shower and wash all the mud from the hike. At night we took an overnight bus back to Salvador from where we had a flight the following day to Natal, this time to enjoy some relaxing days on the beach.Read more

  • Day18

    Chapada Diamantina

    July 1, 2017 in Brazil

    As I have mentioned, our second stop was Chapada Diamantina. The way  there took around 6 hours from Salvador.

    Chapada Diamantina is a deliciously unspoiled National park well of the beaten path. A pristine outdoor wonderland of rushing waterfalls, crystal blue pools, hiking trails and natural waterslides.

    When you plan your trip you can either decide for one day excursions or a more day trek with a local guide. We heard that the second option is much better in order to really get the feeling of the park. However, planning in advance is really tough as many tourist agencies set the prices really high. Thanks to couchsurfing I got a contact for a local guide who was willing to acompany us to the park, but the communication was a little bit confusing so we decided to book a hostel and organize trips through them.

    However, arriving to the bus station early in the morning an unexpected surprise was waiting for us. There was waiting somebody from the hostel to pick us up holding a sign with Sasa's name and next to him my couchsurfing guide calling on me hello Jana. Michael was just having a blast and at this moment I was happy that he leaves all the planning just on me and Sasa, otherwise there would probably be a third person waiting for us. We apologized for the misunderstanding and left for the hostel as scheduled.

    The first day we decided for a one day tour. At the hostel they organized everything and later our guide Washington picked us up. Just driving through the park of unspoiled nature was awesome. The first stop of the tour was a Lapa Doce cave. We got funny colorful helmets and went underground to explore the 3rd largest cave in Brasil with its roof always 15 to 20 metres high and amazing limestones stalactites and stactmites with odd shapes and colors.

    The next stop was a Pratinha cave. When walking there, our guide spotted a Tarantula spider and was taking him on a stick. As I am not a huge fan of spiders, I was just watching from distance. By the Pratinha cave I was really amazed because it is a mouth of underground river flowing out to the surface. We had a possibility of doing a snorkeling tour there. It was an unforgetable experience. I think I have never seen such a transparent water. When we swam to the inside of the cave, there was a complete darkness so we had to use a torch to make our way. It was a little bit frightening but exciting feeling being inside a cave in darkness and having around 20 meters of water below us. Afterwards we chilled just beyond the cave where the river forms a lake, a true oasis with crystal clear water.

    The third stop was a Pai Inácio mountain. The view from the top is a 360 degree majestic scenery of the national park. It was just a short hike to get up and totally worth the effort.

    Last stop was a Mucugezinho river. The river has a really interesting black color, the water is really clean though, its the iron that makes it black. After a short trail, partly wading through the river we reached a Devil's pool with an impressive waterfall.

    Our guide was a really awesome one and we had an amazing day so we asked him for recommendation how to spend the following two days in the national park. He offered taking us on a 2 day trek of a part of the Pati valley trail which is considered to be one of the most beautiful treks of Brazil. It also included one night stay in the mountains in a house of locals. So of course we made a deal with him!

    Returning to the hostel we cancelled the second night, packed everything and prepared just the necessary for the trek.
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  • Day231

    Nationalpark Chapada Diamantina

    August 9, 2016 in Brazil

    Schon viel hatte ich von der Chapada Diamantina gehört, nun ist es endlich soweit und ich fahre selbst hin.
    Ca. 450 km westlich von Salvador, 7 Stunden mit dem Bus durch eine Landschaft voll mit Kakteen legt der kleine Ort Lençois, von dem aus man zu diversen Ausflügen in den Nationalpark starten kann. Der Ort an sich ist sehr süß mit ein paar kopfsteingepflasterten Straßen, tagsüber menschenleer, abends voll mit Tischen und zu Abend essenden Menschen, die schöner Live Musik lauschen.Read more

  • Day232

    Mit Micha, einem Deutschen, den ich auf der Busfahrt kennengelernt habe und einem lokalen Guide mache ich mich auf den Weg zum "Wasserfall der Ruhe".
    Um ihn zu erreichen müssen wir ca. 1 1 /2 Stunden durch das Flussbett kraxeln, klettern und springen und uns den besten Weg über Steine und Felsen suchen.
    Die Belohnung für die Mühen in ziemlicher Hitze: ein kühles Bad im Wasserfall- Schwimmbecken :-) Und ein leckeres Lunchpaket. Auf dem Rückweg machen wir einen Stop weiter unten am Fluss, wo das Wasser im Laufe der Zeit eine Naturrutsche gebildet hat, auf der man sich recht hubbelig, mehr oder weniger elegant ins Wasser gleiten oder platschen lassen kann.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Lençóis, Lencois

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