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Monday, April 23, 2007

Trents Guide to Brazil--Chapada Diamantina (very primitive--not complete)

Chapada Diamantina:


One of my favorite non-beach destinations in Bahia. Great scenery, people and expeditions.


To get there: From Salvador take the Real Expresso bus that departs from Salvador to Lencois at 11:00 pm (R$ 35). The bus will arrive in Lencois at about 6:00 am. The ride is a little bumpy, but hopefully you will get some sleep. There will be a mob of people trying to coerce you to stay with them upon exiting the bus.


My favorite Pousadas:


Pousada da Rita.

Rita is a very nice woman who takes great pride in everything she does. For your first time I will definitely suggest staying with her. She had a wonderful daughter and a very nice husband. She will provide the best breakfast you will ever eat, especially good on the day of arrival after the long bumpy bus ride.

About R$15-25 per night.




Mucugé:


A less touristic version of Lençois, one of may favorite small towns in all of Brasil.


Pousadas:


There are about 5 total pousadas.


Casa da Roça

Contact, Barbara.

Beautiful quaint place owned by nice older couple. Their breakfast is all organic, and the feel of the pousada is like being at home.

R$25 per night


Rua Jose Alves Campos-Centro (right off the main street)


Ask about her land outside the city, they may let you camp there if you are in town for a little bit.


Expeditions:

Talk to guide Joaab (Jo-ah-bee) and you will have the time of your life no matter what you do. Note: He hikes very fast.

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