When we hear about Chapada Diamantina, the city that immediately comes to our mind is Lençóis – BA, which already for this reason becomes the first option of travel to the Chapada, making the whole wave of tourists opt for it that has a structure focused on them.
But when we travel, we want tranquility, we don’t want to find attractions and trails crowded with people.
That is why Rio de Contas is a city with great attractions that does not lose a bit to other cities of Chapada Diamantina (Lençóis, Andaraí, Igatu and Mucugê), but with the differential of not being so well known yet, which provides us with much more pleasant walks, with the assistance of guides and good conversations with locals.
Rio de Contas is a city where adventure and history go together, it has an incredible baroque architecture listed by the historical heritage, hospitable people and exuberant beauty.
Waterfalls, trails, peaks up to 2000 m high and a great variety in its flora are part of the Bahian municipality.
At Carnival Rio de Contas becomes a great party, we must not forget that Rio de Contas is in Bahia!
Curiosities of Rio de Contas
Rio de Contas is one of the oldest towns in the Chapada Diamantina region, with seventeenth-century architecture preserved. It was the first planned city in Brazil, in 1745, during the heyday of the gold that seemed inexhaustible.
The town is home to communities of Portuguese descendants who only intermarry. They are at 1500m (above sea level); the two black communities of African descent are in another area, at 1050m.
The city’s municipal historical archive has interesting documents, such as letters of emancipation, ecclesiastical judgements and slave certificates.
The rich flora led more than 100 English and Brazilian researchers to carry out a study of the local variety in 1974. More than 1100 species were recorded and more than 100 unknown.
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Tourism and Travel Guide of Rio de Contas in Chapada Diamantina