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Brazil with Kids: The Waterfalls of Chapada Diamantina

Brazil with Kids

Do you and your family prize locations off-the-beaten-path? Do you long for wild, untouched destinations where fewer tourists venture? If so, then put Chapada Diamantina National Park on your list of places to visit in Brazil with kids. Why?

Chapada Diamantina National Park is renowned for its gorgeous caves featuring crystal-clear turquoise pools perfect for an afternoon dip. Besides its subterranean charms, the park’s scenic wonders are not to be missed, including soaring tabletop mountains and the Pai Inacio Peak. But the ultimate highlight of a park visit? Chapada’s spectacular waterfalls. Here are two of our favorites.

Cachoeira do Buracão

Among the greatest attractions in the vast Chapada Diamantina is the Cachoeira do Buracão, which literally translates as the “Big Hole Waterfall.” The name alludes to the waterfall’s impressive drop of 262 feet through rounded cliff faces giving it the appearance of a hole. Cachoeira do Buracão is accessible by way of the town Ibicoara and has become an adventurer’s hotspot. In 2001, it was discovered that climbers could reach the base of the waterfall by rappelling or trekking. That said, rappelling down its sheer cliff faces isn’t the only way to enjoy this breathtaking waterfall.

After making the hour-long trek to the site, opt for more family-friendly activities. At the beginning of the river, grab life jackets stored for the public. Then, swim to the waterfall! You can also go under the waterfall and jump off various ledges nearby. These activities make for fun photo opps your family will cherish for a lifetime.

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Cachoeira da Fumaça

Cachoeira da Fumaça translates as the Smoke Waterfall. Does that mean it’s smoky? Nope! Instead, it refers to the vanishing nature of the water as it sharply descends a mind-boggling 1,100 feet. On the way down, the water vaporizes. The result? The waterfall’s “smoky” appearance.

Like Cachoeira do Buracão, Cachoeira da Fumaça is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. It’s a delight for photographers, both amateur and professional. The hike to Fumaça requires a full day, and so Buracão represents the better destination for families with young children not yet ready for a long trek.

Brazil with Kids
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Brazil with Kids

Whether it’s stunning tabletop mountain views or waterfalls sheering down cliff faces, Brazil with kids gets no more adventurous than Chapada Diamantina. It’s a spectacular wilderness where kid-friendly activities abound.

Family fun in Brazil doesn’t stop with the scenic vistas and geological wonders of Chapada Diamantina. They’re just the beginning. Interested in learning more about a Brazil family trip? Check out our eight-day Chapada Diamantina/Salvador Adventure.

At Our Whole Village, we create adventures carefully designed for families who want to create lasting memories. We’re here to help you and your family experience the world, its peoples, and cultures. Contact us today to learn more about the unforgettable experiences that we handcraft for families just like yours.

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