Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park

This my second day in Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park and thus another panorama (large image – click to see) of the incredible formations named Cidade de pedra in Portuguese, and this is one of the most spectacular natural wonders I’ve seen and should be a UNESCO World Heritage site!

Getting here is very difficult as the park authorities only allow a limited stay in the hottest hours of the day with a local guide that collects a key from the authorities on the way to the park, and return them on the way out – same day.

Visiting this location has been exceptionally difficult in the last decade, as the park authorities have locked down almost all services in the park, due to several incidents with Brazilians for the most part.

They change the rules so frequently that the local tourist industry is unable to function. In fact I was exceptionally lucky to even get to this vista, as it was supposed to be closed off. The park authorities did not allow me to stay later than around 16:00, or in other words do not allow visitors to experience the best hours of the day – dusk and dawn.

Very strange management of a place that needs global attention!


Last updated on 23 June 2024