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Vale do Capão

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Vale do Capão

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A red lagoon near Vale do Capão

Vale do Capão is a valley and a village in the Chapada Diamantina National Park, in the inland region in the state of Bahia in Brazil. It is very easy to start excursions in the park from this point, with or without a guide.

There is no ATM in Vale do Capão. You can arrange with the markets to withdraw money with them but they charge a lot. Best solution is going to Palmeiras.


Get in[edit]

The easiest way to get in (and out of) Vale do Capão is from Palmeiras. There are minibusses (R$15) leaving from the rodoviaria at least three times a day (synchronized with the arrival of the bus from Salvador). If you come from Salvador, go with Rapido Federal (R$91) till Palmeiras and then take the minibus waiting next to the bus.

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Most of the valley is in The Chapada Diamantina National Park.

Vale do Capão offers many hiking excursion options,including treks to beautiful waterfalls. Arranging guide services allows for access to more areas in a shorter amount of time, but many places can also be visited by either walking or hitchhiking (pegar carona).

  • Vale do Pati
  • Cachoeira da Fumaça
  • Cachoeira da Purificação (2-3 hours walking from the village, best in the morning when the sun gets in)
  • Riachinho (20 minutes from the village hitchhicking towards Palmeiras)
  • Rio Preto (1 hour walking from the village, opposite direction to Palmeiras)

Established guide providers include Pé no Mato and Tatu Feliz. Besides the several guide outfitters, it is also easy to find a guide by simply asking people in the street.

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A lot of (natural) fruit juices in the main street.

Try the PML (Pinga Mel Limão), the local cachaça based drink. There are bars selling itin the center place. You can also buy the ingredients separately (buy the cachaça in a bar) and make it at home.

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The village is full of pousadas, camping sites, bungalows.

  • Camping do Seu Dai: One of the cheaper places to camp in Capão at R$15 per person. Also has rooms. Has a kiosk selling cheap food.
  • Sempre Viva: Another campground. At R$15 per person. It's a bit more expensive than Seu Dai, but much more organized and clean. Common kitchen for guest use.
  • Sitio Grupiara: nice and quiet pousada. R$20-25 (depending on how long you stay). When coming from Palmeiras, turn left before the market, it is the house with the diamonds seeker at the entrance. (75) 3344-1113; [email protected]
  • Tatu Feliz (in the main street)


Your cell phone will probably not work there.

There are at least two internet cafes (that have also wifi).

Stay safe[edit]

It seems a very quiet place.

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