CHAPADA DOS VEADEIROS
Those who venture into the National Park Chapada dos Veadeiros in the province of Goiás and 240 km from Brasilia - Brazil's capital, will have the opportunity to visit one of the last reservoirs of water on the planet, and swim at the foot of waterfalls 150 meters tall , as will be able to walk on the land 1600 million years old.
Located in the heart of Brazil on a huge plateau known as Planalto Central, Chapada dos Veadeiros enchants visitors with its beauty, and it exhales a special feeling of wellbeing. The strange looking twisted vegetation, inconspicuous and colorful flowers is the backdrop for a unique setting carved by crystal streams, cascades of silvery shine, canyons and crystal mines.
Considered ecological treasure by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve, this place is being preserved by the National Park and conservation awareness of residents; the mixture of simple people with farmers, environmentalists, religious and supporters of alternative therapies who came to the region attracted by its magic. The main town is Alto Paraiso, where the tourist infrastructure is concentrated in the region.
The best time to visit this ecosystem is during the drought ,in the months from May to October.
Lençóis was revealed after the discovery of diamonds in the region during the nineteenth century. The population of 30 000 people declined when there started mines in South Africa, initiating a period of decline.
It was declared a national monument to constitute an example of residential architecture in the nineteenth century. The Chapada Diamantina region is the subject of important studies in botany from the Royal Botanic Gardens of England for its unusual fauna and flora.
The view from the top of the plateau of the mountains is speechless! There are plenty of waterfalls and the best known is the cascade of smoke , 340 meters high and the second highest in Brazil. Smoke or fumes, so is its name, due to the high altitude, the water evaporates before reaching the ground generating high and refreshing clouds of water.
The rainy season begins in November and lasts until February, while it rains in June and July with less intensity. They are usually heavy summer rains, but do not cause problems during the excursions. In August, the dry period starts, which lasts until November, and is the best time to see orchids blooming.
Starting from Salvador , the journey lasts 6 hours, and it is a kind of geology, geography and botany class, as the route leaves the subtropical vegetation of the coast and heads into fertile fields until it reaches dry land, the enigmatic Sertoes, to finally arrive at Chapada with its huge variety of wild orchids and bromelias.
CHAPADA DOS GUIMARÃES
Located in the province of Mato Grosso, in the geodesic center of South America and at a point equidistant between the Atlantic and Pacific; it is accessed from the city of Cuiabá by 76 km of beautiful route and is part of the environmental reserves of the region of Pantanal.
The geographical position and the magnificent nature of Chapada dos Guimaraes gained even more charming when archaeological treasures that holds the bones of dinosaurs from the Jurassic Period, were discovereod, and inscriptions and paintings made by remote ancestors of the American man in 46 sites already identified.
The water, the rocks and paths through the dense vegetation typical of the Cerrado enchant and attract visitors.
This plateau is a high advantage point with 180 degrees of horizon, surrounded by low flooded land that constitute the Pantanal, so it is an incredible mixture of two different ecosystems and landscapes in one place.
All this beauty adds to the strange bewilderment that generate the magnetic phenomena occurring at the site, as to leave the car stopped with no brakes on a slope and while it is expected to go down, instead it goes up.
Located southwest of the province of Mato Grosso do Sul and 227 km from the capital Campo Grande, its name speaks for its beauty and its incomparable natural wealth.
All attractions are around the city and visitors are taken in vans to off-road style, capable of crossing dirt roads and waterways.
The diving options are great: many wonderful caves and rivers.
With life floats, snorkel masks, visitors are guided by swimming, without touching the river bed, not to raise the multicolored sand or scare fish. It is part of this tour to visit caves as the Gruta do Mimoso, Gruta do Lago Azul and others as the mysterious lakes. Bonito also attracts lovers of radical sports such as trekking and rappel in waterfalls and rivers.