The Diamond Plated It is a region of mountains located in the center of the Brazilian state of Bay. Its 38,000 square kilometers of surface contain limestone rock mountains, forests, rivers, waterfalls, caves and a varied fauna that includes a large number of bird species.
His name is due to the fever of diamond seekers who came to these lands from all corners of the country. Placed in the channels of the different rivers that cross the Chapada, they hoped to solve their lives by finding a great diamond. This is how populations like Lençois, the main town of Chapada Diamantina, were born.
Arriving in Lençois
Having not seen photos or read too much about the place, when the bus of the Federal Rapid company left me at the town stop (from Salvador of Bahia), I was surprised with what I found.
Lençois is a small, beautiful, pleasant and colonial-looking town. Its cobbled streets are full of travel agencies - they sell all kinds of tours in the Chapada Diamantina -, restaurants, small shops and beautiful houses with colorful doors and windows.
The atmosphere is relaxed, with a hippy atmosphere, aided by live music and the different traders who walk through the town selling their crafts.
In Lençois one never knows what day he lives on. It is always party.
I arrived on a Sunday night and the terraces of the restaurants that occupy the two main streets of the town were overflowing. People dined, drank caipirinhas and chatted animatedly, dressed in their shorts, short-sleeved shirts and the ubiquitous havaianas (Brazilian flip flops that have expanded worldwide and so many backpackers use in tropical destinations).
I felt a stranger, dressed in my long trekking pants, a T-shirt and hiking shoes. Also, I was carrying my 60 liter backpack.
Accommodation in Lençois and Michael's discovery