As a traveler or as a nature lover you cannot afford to miss an attraction while traveling in Brazil. It is Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. It is a Wonderful place to trek and relax in Brazil.
About the Attraction
It is an ancient plateau with an estimated age of 1.8 billion years. This Park was created on January 11, 1961 by the President Juscelino Kubitscheck. Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is also listed as World Heritage Sites by Unesco.
It has rich Fauna and Flaura with Many endangered species are found within the park’s boundaries, such as the maned wolf, capybaras, rheas and others.
How to Reach Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
It is Located in the Brazilian state of Goias, Brazil.
The city of Alto Paraiso de Goias, the main gateway to the Chapada, is 230km (143 miles) from Brasilia and it is also fairly close to Goiania (capital of the Goiás state).
There are no regular flights to the Chapada region. Flyers usually land in Brasilia (frequent flights from everywhere in Brazil) then travel overland to one of the gateway towns.
There are buses departing from Brasília to Alto Paraíso.
The road condition from Brasília is OK. Access is done by the BR-020 and the GO-118 roads, through the cities of Formosa, Sao Gabriel and Sao Joao D’Alianca. To reach the National Park, take GO-327 to the Sao Jorge Village, where the entrance to the park is located.
Things to Do in Chapada dos Veadeiros
There are lots of crystals, rocks and such for sale, specially in São Jorge. Hand made objects for decoration, necklaces mades of seeds or leather are everywhere on the streets.
Eating is very cheap. You will find lots of restaurants with traditional brazilian food, where you pay per kilo.
As you can imagine, there are restaurants with good vegetarian food as well, even though they are a little bit more expensive.
There are lots of bars in São Jorge and in Alto Paraíso. They are all very rustic and cosy, it is a different environment. Take a look at Bar do Pelé in São Jorge. During the high season there are lots of raves in São Jorge.
São Jorge and Alto Paraíso have several private camping areas. They’re very cheap, around R$10.00 a day and usually it’s a nice place to know people, as usually to camp is what young people do when going to Chapada.
Beware that camping here is not as safe as it is in Europe or in the US, so, keep an eye on your belongings!
Visitors are not allowed to stay in the park overnight, and must leave until 5 pm (or 6 pm during DST).
Climate/Photos and Best time to travel Chapada dos Veadeiros
Chapada’s climate is tropical, hot and semi-arid. The average annual temperature is around 25ºC (77ºF). The National Park is closed to the public during the rainy season (December to February). During the rest of the year it is mostly sunny and hot. At the height of the dry season (September), the temperature can peak at 40ºC (104ºF).
In the beginning of the year the climate is very humid, and it rains pretty much everyday. It is very dangerous to be close to a waterfall during bad weather, so, avoid visiting the area during those days.
After May, the rain ceases and the climate turns almost desertic. There’s a six month period with almost no rain at all and it gets pretty dry and hot, as you can imagine (what makes the waterfalls even better!). In that sense, the best period for visiting is between June and July, because the probability of raining is very low, and the waterfalls still have plenty of water. After that, it is still worth seeing it, but the waterfalls won’t be as good because they start running low on water (no, they never get dry).
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