Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park – Brazil
There are 71 National Parks (Conservation Areas in Brazil) in all the 05 regions of Brazil reaching from the ‘pampas’ of the southern region to the enourmous areas in the Amazon forest. In the outback state of Goias – center Brazil – the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is a top visited attraction. About 220 km from the federal capital Brasília. This sierra, sitting on the edge of the grand central plateau on inland Brazil, is a haven in the cerrado biome (savana type flora) and overwhelms its visitors with dozens of lavish waterfalls and and exuberante nature. Due to its proximity with the capital Brasília you can fly in by helicopter the and arrive in some exclusive resorts, or as most mortals, take the 03 hour drive to the natural reserve. Highway Brazil chose 05 top waterfalls to know in the Chapada dos Veadeiros.
Tip number 01- Saint Benedict falls
If your driving up to the small village of ‘Sao Jorge’ – which sits at the entrance to the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park – the St. Benedict (Cachoeira São Bento in portuguese) is the first pool you’ll find. It has a huge natural swimming pool big enough for water polo games. A top attraction in the Chapada St. Benedict has a 6m high fall and is the first of 03 falls you can visit on the trip. The whole site has a hostel, camping site, restaurant and several activities like horseback, biking and zipline. Access R$ 10 (about 03 U$ – sept/16 currency) for the day to all the falls.
Fun in the Sun
The easiest way down to the falls is a 200 meters walk. On the journey you can pick up on brazilian botanics as several plants / trees are identified with scientific and popular name, a job done by UNB (Brasílias University) Biology students in partnership with the Inn. Waterfall of St. Benedict is at the end of the trail and compensates any effort. It’s amazing despite the super cold water! This is a great tour option for family or for people who have limited mobility because access is simple.