April 26, 2012
Ibicoara, one of the main gateways to Chapada Diamantina, is also one of six towns with areas within the limits of the Chapada Diamantina National Park - the others are Andaraí, Itaetê, Lençóis, Mucugê and Palmeiras.
Although only 1,84% of Ibicoara is located within the national park, the town is a top destination for ecotourism and adventure travel thanks to attractions in the nearby Espalhado Natural Municipal Park, particularly the Buracão ("Big Hole") Waterfall and the trail through the scenic Espalhado River canyons which lead to it.
Another popular attraction and a postcard for all of Chapada Diamantina is Mirante do Campo Redondo ("Round Field Lookout Point"), located 10 kilometers, or about six miles, from the town center.
With about 17,000 inhabitants, Ibicoara is not yet rich in hospitality options, but it's possible to find unpretentious places to stay in the area as an alternative to accommodations in better-prepared Mucugê, 70 kilometers (about 43 miles) to the north.
On a recent trip to Ibicoara with Bahiatursa, the state's tourism company, some unpredictable circumstances caused us to have only less than a full day to explore the area, with not enough transportation to the Espalhado park for all the people in our party.
I volunteered to leave Buracão for another opportunity - Chapada Diamantina deserves multiple visits - and explored a bit of this town which intrigued me with its scent of coffee and quite a display of one of my favorite blooms.
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