The Chapada Diamantina
In the heart of the state of Bahia, the Chapada Diamantina is a huge territory, 40 thousand kms in extention. Home to uncountable water sources and endemic animals, the region has been formed through billions of years, as rain, wind and rivers sculpted the rocks creating valleys, canions and immense waterfalls.
It’s home to one of the largest national parks in Brazil, 152 thousand kms wide, enclosing several touristic towns that receive a great number of people from all over the world.
The cultural diversity of the Chapada is one of its main characteristics. It was occupied by indigenous nations, and later on by miners who arrived in search of diamonds.
Nowadays, the region attracts thousands of tourists and new residents. This movement has brought a specific regional culinary; a complex gastronomic culture that mixes miners food with afro culinary from the quilombos, and current gastronomy.
Cozinha Aberta is an important part of this context.
Lençóis has been heritage-listed by the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional IPHAN, and is considered the portal of the Chapada Diamantina, thanks to its hotels infrastructure with more than two thousand beds, high level restaurants, and regular flights.
Through the years, the town has been turning into a city, welcoming residents from abroad.
Its main attractives are buildings from the XIX century, the history and culture inherited from the mining, the Sincorá ridge, and the beautiful landscape easily reached, all around it. Many are located nearby.
The city has many tourism agencies, which organize trips to a great number of places in the Chapada.
It also offers a wide option of entertainment choices, from traditional fests like São João, to MPB shows, like the Festival de Lençóis.