1,5 km ( 45 min )
Asphalt road : 3 h 30
Dirt road : 1 h 45
Ecological footprint : Big
Swimming in the blue cave
Best time of the year : April till September !
Avoid the Brazilian Holidays !
Chapada Diamantina receives lots of Brazilian tourists in the Brazilian holiday weekends.
Visit the pools on a different day and/or sleep in Igatu
Description & pricing
2 incredible cave pools !
We enter the Enchanted Well (Poço Encantado) with a helmet.
This is a magical underground cave pool with crystal clear waters, 60 m deep. Between April and September direct sunlight enters the cave.
Swimming is not allowed.
We explore the Blue Well (Poço Azul) by swimming.
The view under water is spectacular. Not long ago, explorers discovered the bones of about forty different species of animals, most of them extinct.
Read our recommendation before booking !
Views to the mountains
Along the asphalt road you will have nice panoramic views to the Chapada Diamantina Mountains.
We will drive over a bridge with views to the swamp area , the Marimbus or “Mini Pantanal”. Along the way we do a quick stop to admire a waterfall of the big Paraguaçu river .
Some parts of the drive are not really interesting. But if you have never seen a “arid” region, almost desert, it can get quite interesting sometimes.
Don’t forget that we will drive on lots of BAD dirt roads. You can see it as an adventure on itself. The paths to both attractions are very short.
- Do not book a visit during the Brazilian holidays !
- Be aware that you will be lots of hours in the car during this tour !
- We can’t guarantee the weather conditions. On the few cloudy days per year, the light is not so magical.
Fortunately the weather is stable for most of the time. After 11:00 there is always almost sunshine.
- Your pictures are sometimes more beautiful than the real cave !
- You must be older than 12 years to enter the cave !
We begin our day very early 08:00. You will have nice views to the mountains while driving to Andaraí. We do a quick stop to visit a waterfall on the way. After 1,5 hour on the asphalt road, we need another 30 minutes on a dirt road to get to the Enchanted Well ( Poço Encantado) . If we are lucky we can enter the cave right away. With our helmet and flashlight we start to walk down into the cave. After a couple of steps we enter the cave by climbing down a small wooden ladder. Don’t worry, it is not too difficult, there is always a security rope. Suddenly from the dark the magic of the Enchanted Well appears before us with its electric blue waters.
The best moment is between 10:00 and 13:30
“The sunlight is reflected by minerals in the water, especially magnesium, and creates an unique spectacle. The bottom of the cave is 60 meters deep ! Only between April and September there is direct sunlight entering the cave. In the cave there is a local guide that tells us detailed info. The guide is specialized in taking pictures of the pool with you in the front.”
We continue our drive along dirt roads to the Blue Well (Poço Azul). Depending the sound of your stomach and other groups in the cave we will enter the cave before lunch ( a delicious buffet ). You will need to take a quick shower to wash off sunscreen and natural body oils. They will provide us with a life jacket and snorkeling gear before we climb down a wooden ladder. Down there is a deck and via a little stair we enter the amazing blue water.
Thanks you mother nature for this once-in-a-lifetime dip. It gives the impression that they are all but floating in space.
Sun rays radiate the blue waters, which remain 24 degrees all year round, forming a spectacle of rare beauty.
The best moment is between 12:30 and 14:00.
“A documentary from National Geographic tells the story of the scientific expedition that rescued, among others, the complete skeleton of a Megatherium, a beast the size of an elephant. The bones are now in a museum in Belo Horizonte.”
Read this article of the daily mail
- Qualified guide
- Buffet lunch
- Entrance fees for both attractions
Chapada Diamantina is full of really bad dirt roads.
Some tours are more expensive because of the dirt roads.
Most roads are very difficult for normal cars. Some roads are only possible by jeep.
After heavy rains some roads are self-destructive.
A dirt road can easily break a car.
- Normal shoes
- Small backpack
- Swim suit
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