Historical city tour
A city tour through the streets full of diamond history is a great way to discover some very interesting details of Lençóis in Bahia. During the diamond era, they opened a French consulate to make documents for the many diamonds that went to the European market. Read here more about the diamond history.
Be sure you reserve a passionate guide to tell you about the mysterious diamond history.
What can be nice to do is to take a coffee in the class hotels of Lençóis like Hotel de Lençóis and Canto das Águas.
Low budget exploring
If you are not travelling to check off the highlights of each place, a great way to explore is just doing day hikes from Lençóis. The Chapada Diamantina national park is always surprisingly beautiful and you can be almost sure you will see no other tourists in these places.
The most popular and famous waterfalls and rivers close to Lençóis are great options to chill out for a day or two. These 2 places become super crowded on the Brazilian holiday weekends. During these days you can go there in the morning, but after 9:00am you should go to alternative water paradises. One of the rules, the further away and the more difficult to get, the less people. But not always.
Longer trails to magical waterfalls
Explore the wilderness, big adventures are waiting
When you are an experienced hiker you should definitely go into the wilderness further away. A lot of big and small adventures are awaiting. You really are going to need a guide because trails disappear when they go over rock faces, even the guides need concentration to stay on track.
Just a few to name: Cachoeira do Fundão and Cachoeira da Mixila, Cachoeira do Palmital, Cachoeira do Capivarí, Cachoeira do Capivara, Cachoeira do Samuel, Cachoeira da Fumaça de baixo.
A lot of places are only possible in a 2 or 3 day trek with overnight in tents or caves. For many “normal” tourists this is a bit too basic and wild.
However, you can visit some magical places on a very full one day hike. You need to start very early in the day. Best is to organize this very well with a guide who knows perfectly all the distances and risks. The sun in the tropics sets at 18:00, so the guide will know very well when you need to start going back and how far you can go exploring. Another thing is the river level, many rivers swell very fast after strong rains and it can surprise and wash you away or leave the trails close to the river beds impossible. Experienced guides will know all the difficulties when the weather is not the best. There are some excellent guides in Lençóis Chapada Diamantina who love to guide this more difficult trails. They will cook for you on the trek as well, some are real masters chiefs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn about the Chapada!
When to come to the national park?
All year around!
From november till April heavy rains can occur which makes the waterfalls even more spectacular. Even then there will be almost always some sunshine during the day.
From August to October , the dry season makes the waterfalls sometimes less spectacular.
In the Brazilian holidays ( from Christmas till Carnival ) it can be crowded and a bit noisy on the most popular spots. This high season makes the accommodation more expensive.
From march to november the majority of the tourists are international travelers.
How to get there?
From Salvador to Lençóis
There are 3 daily buses from Salvador to Lençois. At 7:00, 13:00 and 23:00. The bus company is called Real Expresso / Rapido federal and the 420 km trip takes about 6 to 7 hours. The bus ticket costs around R$ 90 (2019). Tickets can be purchased at the online on busbud.com or other online bustickets companies. You need to change your online ticket into a real ticket at the desk in the bus station. More information can be found at www.realexpresso.com.br
Back to Salvador from Lençóis :
There are 3 or 4 daily buses from Lençois to Salvador at 07:30, 13:15, 23:30 and sometimes an extra at 23:50.
There is a regular flight operated by Trip/Azul Airline to and from Salvador 2 to 3 times a week .
For more information :
Airport Lençois: 75 3625 8100 /8825. Airport Salvador: 71 3204-1010.
It takes about 6 to 7 hours to drive the 420 km between Salvador and Lençois depending on road condition and traffic.
There is an alternative route via BA 052 or “Estrada do Feijão”. Shortly after Feira de Santana (12km) turn right to Ipirá. From there take a left turn and drive until Itaberaba. Doing so you can avoid the heavy traffic on the BR116.
What to bring?
- comfortable walking shoes or real boots
- sandals or flip-flops
- swimming clothes
- long trousers ( at night )
- sweater ( at night )
- rain coat !
- light and comfortable clothes
- hat or cap !
- photo camera
- mosquito repellent spray
- sunscreen high factor
- sun glasses
- water bottle
- basic medication
- optionally: sleeping bag, mat, tent, biodegradable soap
Which services you have in Lençóis?
Bank ( banco do Brasil ) with ATM
Market day: Monday and Friday morning
Shop with hiking gear ( expensive )
Shops with telephone cards and credit, hats, sun scream, sunglasses, jewels, souvenirs, postcards, books about the national park, …