Saturday, August 6, 2011

From Lençóis to Lençóis, through the Ribeirão River and Mandassaia River valleys

One great thing about the trails at Chapada Diamantina is their connectivity. This means that there is the possibility of linking trails and of making different itineraries along the main trails. In an early post I described an easy trekking, which went from the surroundings of the Pai Inácio Hill to Lençóis, passing through the Águas Claras Pools and through the valley of the Ribeirão River. This trail can be made in one or two days. There is a different itinerary, a circuit starting and finishing at Lençóis, arriving there through the neighborhood of Barro Branco. This trekking needs at least two days to be really enjoyable and a vehicle is not necessary. The first part is going up the Serra do Grizante until crossing the watershed divide and entering the Ribeirão River valley. From there the trail follows through some grasslands, with an awesome view of the Morrão, until the Águas Claras Pools where there is a good place to make camping. The next day the trail goes through grasslands, with beautiful sightings of hills around and of the Pai Inácio Hill, until the slopes of the Serra do Campo Alegre and follow the Mandassaia River valley until a watershed divide which gives access to the Barro Branco. From there to Lençóis is a gentle walking downhill, through an old unpaved road. More photos of this pleasant trekking can be found at: Trekking through the Ribeirão River and Mandassaia River valleys

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