Brasilia and the West Sights

Parque Nacional Chapada dos Guimarães

  • MT 251 at Km 51
  • Chapada dos Guimarães
  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Besides the Pantanal, the areas in and around the Parque Nacional Chapada dos Guimarães are the region's most popular attractions. Traveling northeast of Cuiabá, you see the massive sandstone formations from miles away, rising 3,000 feet above the flat cerrado landscape. Since a fatal rock fall in the park in 2008, some attractions and bathing spots have been closed indefinitely, and all visitors must be accompanied by a guide. The Cachoeira Véu de Noiva (Bridal Veil Falls), with a spectacular 250-foot freefall, is the most impressive of the falls in the park and is just off the main road. Beyond this point you can take guided treks to hills, caves, more falls, and archaeological sites. The Circuito das Cachoeiras (Waterfalls Circuit) is a set of seven waterfalls 3 km (2 miles) from the visitor center.

Walk about 30 minutes beyond the Caverna Aroe Jari to Gruta da Lagoa Azul (Grotto of Blue Lagoon), a crystal clear lagoon (bathing is prohibited). You can

also walk along the Vale do Rio Claro (River Claro Valley) and swim in the river's transparent waters, or climb the Morro de São Jerônimo (St. Jerome's Hill), one of the highest points of the Chapada. Entrance to the national park is permitted only with a guide, whom you can hire from an agency in town.

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Sight Information

Address:

MT 251 at Km 51, 74 km (40 miles) north of Cuiabá, Chapada dos Guimarães, Brazil

Sight Details:

  • Daily 8–5

Published 06/18/2015

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