After another fabulous overnight bus ride we arrived in Lencois at the crack of dawn. It took us a few hours to find a bed in town, but finally we were greeted by the smiling Patricia and once we had hungrily eaten breakfast we settled into Posada Daime Sono for a morning snooze so we could use the rest of the day to explore the town. Lencois is a small colourful cobblestone town that is surrounded by Park Nacional da Capada Diamantina, which we planned to explore during our time here. Once hosting numerous diamond mines (which have now more or less closed), the national park is now covered with hundreds of unmarked trails that take you through rivers, valleys and spectacular waterfalls.
In the afternoon we took a short walk to the local waterslide! The natural rock formation was perfect for sliding down, watch for the bruises though as the rocks were not that forgiving. The speed of the waterslide determined by how many layers between your bum and the rock!
The next day we set off on an overnight hike with our fabulous guide, Yuri Santos (make sure you look him up if you ever get to Lencois!) who knew the unmarked trails like the back of his hand and ensured that we stayed on track.
The weather was so great we slept under the stars, sheltered only by an overhanging rock. As you can imagine, the stars were amazing. Unfortunately I woke with a replica constellation on my face thanks to my sweet blood.
Being low season we practically had the park to ourselves and loved our time hiking through riverbeds and swimming in natural fresh waterfalls. There is some spectacular nature here and we thoroughly enjoyed getting back into the sweet fresh air.
Yuri was enthusiastic, knowledgable about the history of the area, open and friendly. He cooked us a great dinner, showed us a few capoeira moves and made sure that we enjoyed ourselves. Thanks Yuri!!
Back in town we celebrated Boaz’s birthday in style and enjoyed a very yellow and very delicious dinner of Moqueca (coconut fish curry with tomato and spices), a dish local to the area, of course followed by dessert!
On our last day we took a car tour of the area and visited crazy caves, crystal clear water pools, more refreshing waterfalls and spectacular views of the national park after climbing one of the tallest peaks. There was so much more to do but alas we had to continue our journey down south… We will be back!