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Serrano swimming holes

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Difficulty Level 1

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15 min walking

Top attraction

For small kids

Combine with “Parque da Muritiba”

No driving !

Swimming

Close to Lençóis

 “Serrano” Swimming holes

Just a short 15 minute walk from Lençóis‘ city centre, you’ll find the Serrano swimming holes, a collection of small pools formed by the Lençóis river. It’s a popular local bathing spot, overlooking the town and its surroundings.

Short description
Just a short 15 minute walk from Lençóis’ city centre, you’ll find the Serrano swimming holes, a collection of small pools formed by the Lençóis river. It’s a popular local bathing spot, overlooking the town and its surroundings.

Description
It’s quite easy to get to the Serrano swimming holes, but it can be difficult to find the right way to other nearby attractions, as there are many trails. It would be a pity hiking this trail on your own and missing out on some of the most beautiful views…

The Serrano is a short stretch of the Lençóis river, about 15 minutes from the town centre. The riverbed is a smooth rock surface and nature has hollowed out some very nice swimming holes inbetween the rocks. It’s a wonderful place to go swimming and relaxing, close to town and easy to get to, with beautiful scenery and clear water.

You can get to the Serrano swimming holes either by hiking upstream from the bus station, or by walking up from the town centre towards Hotel Lençóis and continuing uphill on the same steep street. Turn right, into the small street just after the water treatment plant. Just follow the road ahead, you can’t go wrong. After a couple minutes, a nice view on the Serrano swimming holes will open up for you!

  • hat
  • sun protection
  • swimming suit

Visit this without a guide

It’s quite easy to get to the Serrano swimming holes, but it can be difficult to find the right way to other nearby attractions, as there are many trails. It would be a pity hiking this trail on your own and missing out on some of the most beautiful views…

You will need a guide for the nearby “Parque da Muritiba”

About the dark water

About the water in the Chapada Diamantina :

Two things are immediately noticeable about the water in the Lençóis river, and most other water courses in the region: its brown color, and the foam that forms on its surface.

The brown color is not due to the presence of iron, but rather to the soluble material extracted from decaying plants.  It’s a very weak tea, made from rainwater steeped in boggy areas in the mountains and in heavily forested sites at the headwaters of these rivers.

Likewise, the foam you see is NOT at all a sign of pollution, but rather another natural manifestation of the same organic compounds that colour the water. When agitated in the waterfalls, it acts like beer being poured in a glass.

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