Updated on March 16, 2014
In the southern tip of Chapada Diamantina, Buracão ("Big Hole") is one of the area's most beautiful waterfalls, dropping from a height of about 85 meters, or nearly 279 feet, into a canyon formed by layers of sedimentary rock.
The waterfall is in the Espalhado Natural Municipal Park in Ibicoara, one of the main gateways to Chapada Diamantina and an area rich in options for ecotourism and adventure travel.
Best Time to Visit:
From December to March, it rains more and the waterfall has a greater volume. From April to November, the landscapes are still magnificent and the drier weather with milder temperatures can be easier on hikers.
The route to the waterfall requires driving across a stream, which could be too full for regular cars during periods of heavy rains.
The photo above, taken in late March 2012, shows Buracão with an exceptionally low volume of water. See it fuller in these photos on Rotas Capixabas.