Vale do Pati, Chapada Diamantina, Brazil
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Chapada Diamantina National Park is a national park in the state of Bahia in northeast Brazil. It covers an area of 1,520 square kilometers. The name Chapada Diamantina comes from two Portuguese words. Chapada is a Brazilian Portuguese word for a place with steep cliffs, such as a canyon, usually at the edge of a plateau. Diamantina means diamonds. The place got its name because diamonds were found there in the mid 19th century.
Chapada Diamantina was made a national park in the 1980's, and since there, it has become a growing destination for ecotourism. The place is located at an altitude of 800 to 1000 meters above sea level, with some parts reaching a height of 2000 meters. The landscape is one of craggy cliffs, rock formations, steep valleys, table-top mountains and plains.
The plant life in Chapada Diamantina is diverse. It is rich in orchids and cacti. Wildlife includes a variety of reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects and small mammals.
Chapada Diamantina, Brazil
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Chapada Diamantina rocks, near Lençóis, Brazil
Visiting Chapada Diamantina National ParkYour base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Salvador. From there, you can make the arrangement, either on your own or through a travel agency, to go to Chapada Diamantina National Park. As part of the preparations, here's a list of hotels in Salvador with online booking facility.
Getting thereThere are weekly flights by TRIP Linhas Aereas between Chapada Diamantina and Salvador, the state capital of Bahia. Also, you can catch buses going there from the bus station in Salvador.
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