How to get to Fumaça Waterfall in Chapada Diamantina

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Cachoeira da Fumaça na Chapada Diamantina
Fumaça Waterfall in Chapada Diamantina

Fumaça waterfall the highest waterfall in Brazil, with almost 400 meters of fall and is located between the municipalities of Lençóis and Palmeiras in Chapada Diamantina.

Nature, in almost all its forms, is present in the Chapada Diamantina. Most of the beauties are kept and preserved in the National Park, which houses an immense area taken by canyons, waterfalls and plateaus.

Giant are also the postcards of the region: the Morro do Pai Inácio, more than a thousand meters high; and the Fumaça waterfall, the highest in Brazil, with almost 400 meters of fall.

Courage, adventurous spirit and a lot of breath are fundamental characteristics for those who want to explore this ecological paradise in Bahia.

Cachoeira da Fumaça na Chapada Diamantina
Fumaça waterfall in the Chapada Diamantina

Waterfalls, caves and hills offer tourists the most varied adventure sports.

It is necessary to be willing, because the spectacle of nature lasts all day: it begins with the sunrise and only ends with the starry night.

Only through hiking can you reach the most beautiful sceneries of Chapada Diamantina, which makes the region a paradise for trekking enthusiasts.

Those who are physically fit have as their main challenge the beautiful Pati trail, which lasts five days.

But there are less strenuous options that also reveal beautiful landscapes.

Video about Fumaça waterfall

How to get to Fumaça waterfall

Fumaça waterfall is located between two cities. It is closer to Palmeiras, only 23 km away, while from Lençóis, the distance is 80 km. In both routes, there are good roads to get around.

You can go by Excursion to the Fumaça waterfall and get to know it in a safe and free way, or, choose the route that pleases you the most;

From Vale do Capão to Fumaça waterfall are only 3 km, this being the best option. This is because the journey will be less exhausting.

I say this because, to get to the top of the waterfall, you will end up facing a 6 km trail, both to go and to return. And as you can expect, there will be many climbs on this route.

The presence of a guide is not mandatory for the trail to be carried out. However, if you prefer to close a tour through an agency, the cost may vary. This value depends on the itinerary and what you want to include in the tour.

In addition, there is the option of hiring a private guide, which can be divided between up to 4 people.

Distances by car from: Vale do Capão 3 km, Palmeiras 21 km; Lençóis 80 km; Andaraí 152 km; Mucugê 200 km.

Starting Point of the Trail

It is possible to visit Fumaça waterfall from below, on a 3-day trek from the city of Lençóis.

The top part, which allows the visual of all that height, is accessed by Vale do Capão, by a trail of approximately 6 km (average of 2h of trail to arrive).

Mapa da trilha a partir do Vale do Capão até a Cachoeira da Fumaça
Mapa da trilha a partir do Vale do Capão até a Cachoeira da Fumaça
Accesses to Fumaça waterfall
  • Access from above

Access on foot: 6 km trail, 2 km uphill.
Average time: 2h30
Physical effort: moderate to advanced
Visiting hours: 8am to 1pm

  • Access from below

Crossing: 36 km
Average time: 3 days (with wild camping)
Physical effort: advanced 

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