We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Jenny, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Jenny lives in the United States, and submitted the following report about Chapada Diamantina, Brazil. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Portuguese
Reasons to Visit Chapada Diamantina
Chapada Diamantina, in Northeast Brazil, is a region of Bahia state. Chapada Diamantina National Park is located near Lençois, an easy 6 hour bus ride from Salvador, Brazil. Lençois itself is a very cute little colonial town that one can get around easily by foot, with tons of restaurants, bars, and tour agencies around the center. If you are a nature lover who enjoys hiking and trekking, and scrambling over piles of river and mountain rocks, then Chapada Diamantina is the perfect playground for you!
Some of the must-dos in the area include watching the sun set over the chapada on Morro do Pai Inácio, swimming in the beautiful crystal clear Poço Azul, hiking to and swimming in the many waterfalls in the area, and trekking in Vale do Pati (3-5 days).
On your lazy days, you can either do some light hiking to Ribeirão do Meio, a watering hole with a natural water slide an hour's hike from Lençois, or stay in town and get a massage from talented masseuses who work in some of the mid to upper range pousadas.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)