Andaraí is abundant in attractions, the municipality is in the central region of the National Park.
Andaraí is among the cities that found their economic and population apogee during the diamond cycle.
Abundant in attractions, the municipality is in the central region of the National Park. Andaraí is among the cities that found their economic and population apogee during the diamond cycle.
Its preserved houses in the historic center hark back to the golden age of the 19th century.
Located on the banks of the Paraguaçu River, the city has many watercourses, which gives it the nickname Reduto das Águas. In the municipality are four of the ten largest waterfalls in the region: Cristais, with 110 meters, Herculano and Samuel, with 100 meters and Ramalho, with 90 meters.
Its strategic location gives access to several natural attractions of the surrounding municipalities, such as Mucugê, Ibicoara, Nova Redenção and Itaetê. The village of Igatu, the Marimbus Pantanal, the pools of the Roncador River, the various waterfalls and falls are some of the local tourist attractions.
The municipality has five Conservation Units (UCs), which are home to countless natural attractions: PNDC, Igatu Urban Park, APA Marimbus-Iraquara, Manga do Céu Nature Reserve and Rota das Cachoeiras Municipal Natural Park.
Andaraí attracts practitioners of extreme sports and visitors who do not mind facing natural obstacles to get good photos and enjoy landscapes.
Andaraí is a municipality of the state of Bahia and is one of the best known cities of Chapada Diamantina for tourism because it is located in a strategic position to visit attractions further away from Lençóis.
Its name, which means “river of bats”, was given by the Cariris Indians who inhabited the place when the first adventurers arrived in search of metals and precious stones.
The place only began to acquire features of a settlement from 1845, when Captain Joaquim de Figueiredo came from Minas Gerais to settle there with his family and look for such diamonds that “sprang from the earth”.
Nowadays, Andaraí lives off farming and tourism.
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Tourist spots in Andaraí and surroundings
Andaraí provides strategic access to several natural attractions in the surrounding municipalities, such as Mucugê, Ibicoara, Nova Redenção and Itaetê. The village of Igatu, the Marimbus Pantanal, the pools of the Roncador River, the various waterfalls and caves are some of the local tourist spots.
1. Blue Well
Formed by two caves and a lake with waters so crystal clear that you can see the rock formations at the bottom, the well is home to the Albino catfish.
This place, which receives more than 7,000 visitors a year, is one of the must-see spots in Chapada.
Inside a cave there is a lagoon 60m deep and 98m long, with transparent waters, to which the limestone gives a bluish color. From June to August, the sun penetrates through a crack, highlighting the beauty of the place.
2. Grotto of the Passion
Formed by several halls full of stalactites and stalagmites. Only 3 km of trails are open to visitors, always accompanied by a guide.
3. Marota Cave
Gruta da Marota is located in the town of Ubiraitá, in the municipality of Andaraí, inside a private property.
From the outside you can see a 70-meter-high wall and at its base a crevice that leads to a world
This underground cave is little explored and not yet fully mapped by the locals. No one has managed to go through the entire cave.
The site is full of limestone formations, with slate stones, stalactites and stalagmites. They are natural galleries formed by the weather that in periods of rain have their landscape modified by the movement of water.
Marimbus is a true swampland in the heart of Bahia, probably formed by the action of mining drains, which resulted in a large plain with interconnected lagoons.
In fact, its name, of African origin, means “flooded lands”. Considered the “Pantanal of the Chapada”, the region is home to typical Pantanal and Amazonian fauna, such as tucunaré, caimans and a wide variety of birds. Specimens of Amazonian flora, such as the Victoria Regia, are found there.
The tours of the lagoons in inflatable boats led by professional rowers are relaxing experiences. Diving in these waters, not so much, as it would be a bit stressful to swim among alligators.
5. Olho d’Agua
A pool of crystal clear water partly covered by vitórias régias, with a cave at the bottom. Those who like to dive can explore it and observe the infinity of fish that exist there.
6. Fazenda do Roncador
The farm on the banks of the Roncador River has great waterfalls. In its restaurant, the menu includes typical food
of the quilombos: jackfruit stone puree (there is exoticism!), salted green papaya, the old and rice with beans, cassava and sun-dried meat.
While lunch is being prepared, visitors can cool off in the waterfalls, natural pools and slip on the smooth, pink stones. After lunch, hammocks are set up under the trees to rest. Want to stay longer? Talk to the administrator and he will arrange a room in the house for those who want to spend the night.
7. Igatu in Chapada Diamantina
To get to Xique-Xique from Igatu, you walk up a little road lined with flowers, from where you can enjoy an unusual view.
In this village, which was one of the capitals of gold mining, everything is made of stones: the paving of the streets, the fences and even the roofs of the houses, which take advantage of the cavities in the rocks.
For this reason, Igatu is known as the Brazilian Machu Picchu”.
The area where the prospectors lived in the 19th century, now uninhabited and in ruins, is an interesting “ghost town”.
In the village, the house of Dona Alzira, former residence of the only gold miner of Igatu, which preserves mining utensils and period furniture. is a place to visit.
8. Art and Memory Gallery of Igatu
The Igatu Art and Memory Gallery, in turn, exhibits tools used in manual mining, documents, old photos of the mines and some samples of carbonate diamonds. An idea is to stay overnight in the village, which although quite small, has inns, to interact with the locals and hear their stories.
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Tourism and Travel Guide of Andaraí in Chapada Diamantina