How to get to Cachoeira da Fumaça in Vale do Capão

Cachoeira da Fumaça na Chapada Diamantina
Cachoeira da Fumaça

The Fumaça Waterfall is one of the most famous attractions of the Chapada Diamantina in Bahia, located in Vale do Capão, a region that lies between the municipalities of Lençóis and Palmeira.

The Fumaça Waterfall is considered the second largest waterfall in the country and has more than 360 m of free fall.

To get to the waterfall in the Chapada Diamantina National Park you need to drive about 75 kilometers to the beginning of the trail that leads to the waterfall and continue on a trail for about two hours of walking to Serra da Larguinha, through Campos da Fumaça until you finally reach the top of the waterfall

The waterfall has an average altitude of 1000 meters and is one of the mandatory points of visitation within the Chapada Diamantina National Park.

Video about Fumaça Waterfall in Vale do Capão

Trekking – Starting points for Fumaça Waterfall

One of the most famous trekkings in Brazil is the trail to the Fumaça waterfall from below.Cachoeira da Fumaça na Chapada Diamantina

Cachoeira da Fumaça below is one of the most popular trails in Chapada Diamantina.

This trail lasts three days, leaving from Lençóis and passes by Palmital and Capivara waterfalls, as well as Cachoeira da Fumaça.

The total hiking route is 36 km, an average of 12 km per day and overnight in natural shelters with sleeping bags and insulation.

1. First day

Bath at Cachoeira do Palmital and overnight at Toca da Capivara, near Cachoeira do capivara.

2. Second day

Hike to the toca da fumaça, and from this point hike to the Poço da Cachoeira da Fumaça, to admire from below the waterfall of more than 360 meters high, return to the toca da Fumaça for the night.

3. Third day

Climb up the monkey mountain and view the fumaça waterfall from above, and finally walk to Vale do Capão, to return by car to Lençóis (75Km).

To do the trail of the Cachoeira da Fumaça is mandatory the company of a guide Chapada Diamantina, because this trail is considered the most difficult within the Parque da Chapada Diamantina.

The reward for those who reach the top of the waterfall is a stunning scenery.

The water of the small stream that rises above the plateau falls from an imposing height, dissipating with the wind in a fine mist that disappears well before reaching the ground, 340 meters below.

Mapa Guia Turístico da Chapada Diamantina
Mapa Guia Turístico da Chapada Diamantina

The beginning of the Fumaça waterfall trail from above is in the village of Caetê-Açu in the municipality of Palmeiras.

The trail goes through the top of Vale do Capão until the fall of Cachoeira da Fumaça.

The “heaviest” part is the initial 350m high climb where you can see Morrão on one side and Vale do Capão on the other.

The trail up the Fumaça waterfall is well marked until the end. The only natural obstacles are small streams. The vegetation is a mixture of cerrado and rupestrian fields.

Average Route: 12km round trip Average Time: 4 to 6 hours round trip.

Near the Fumaça waterfall, down the other side of the hill, is the village of Caeté Açu, better known as Vale do Capão in Chapada Diamantina in Bahia.

The first impression of Capão is that of a place straight out of a fairy tale, where elves and gnomes mingle with privileged mortals in search of balance with nature.

The difference with other places in the Chapada lies in the concept developed more than two decades ago by the alternative communities that settled in Capão in search of a more natural life and focused on spirituality.

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