Down the Amazon River, our voyage started from Manaus to a magical small village in the jungle called Alto do Chão. Spending two days by boat traveling down the Amazon River by boat with a friend I met back in Mexico was an incredible experience with some unforgettable memories, from sleeping in a hammock on a boat to seeing playful dolphins swimming around the boat to daring kids on small little boats racing up next to the moving boat to tie-up in order to sell right over the side of the boat freshly made Açai and palm hearts straight from the jungle.
The time flew by during the two weeks we stayed there, and it was filled with countless magical experiences, such as taking a canoe through the Enchanted Forest that was covered with water since it was rainy season and the river level rises up to 6 meters high or waking up one more to the cutest little monkeys stealing our bananas from our outdoor kitchen which in the end we ended up hand feeding each of them as they patiently waited until we handed a piece of banana to each of them one by one. After Alto do Chão, we continued down the Amazon River for another two days to the city of Belém.
From Belém, we painstaking bused over 1,600 miles southeast back to Chapada Diamantina in Bahia over only four days. We arrived in the rustic small city of Lençois and stayed at one of my favorite hostels of all-time – Hostel Albergue de Lençois Backpackers. We spent about two weeks in Lençois exploring some beautiful waterfalls and even a cave called Gruta do Lapão, where I found some beautiful quartz crystals.
Now, I am staying in a small village on the other side of the valley and one of my favorite places in Brazil called Capão. I have decided to stay here for some time to ground myself, focus on some need-to-do things, and set a plan for the next couple of months. Meanwhile, I have also been exploring and enjoying the stunning nature around me. Chapada Diamantina has some of the best hiking trails I have ever done! So far, I have gotten the chance to hike to some epic waterfalls and places like Cachoeira do Fumaça, Cachoeira Purificação, and Poço do Gavião. Just yesterday, I ascended a 4652 ft. hike to the top of Morrão, which was just incredible!