National Park Chapada dos Veadeiros

Located in the central Brazilian state of Goias, the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park was created in 1961 and has become a mainstay of tourism in the region. In 2001 it was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and it boasts an area of 665,000 square kilometers.
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Chapada Veadeiros Waterfall
It is comprised of high plains, varying in altitude between 600 and 1700 meters.
It features a temperate climate, with temperatures averaging around 25 degrees. The Serra da Santana is the highest point in Goias, at an altitude of 1691 meters above sea level.

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Activities and Attractions
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The park features waterfalls, large groves of wine palms, natural swimming pools, breathtaking canyons, and sweeping hills. The quartz and sandstone rock formations are impressive in themselves, while various New Age communities have recently come to the area in search of healthy living and quartz crystals.
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All visitors to the park must be accompanied by an accredited guide. Expect to pay R$80 for a Portuguese speaking guide, and R$100 for an English speaking guide. A guide can typically be shared by up to ten people. The three main attractions in the park are billed as the canions (canyons), cariocas (rocks), and cachoeiras (waterfalls). Typically the canions-cariocas tour follows the course of the Rio Preto which winds through the central area of the park.
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The cachoeira tours feature visits to Salto do Rio Preto I and II, two impressive waterfalls of 80m and 120m, respectively, set just 30m apart. After viewing the falls, you are likely to stop at a small swimming lake close to Salto do Rio Preto II. Make sure to wear plenty of sun screen, as the sun can be quite brutal during the 6km ascent.

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Accommodation
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There are two options for accommodation: Alto Paraiso de Goias, located 38km from town, and Sao Jorge, which is only 2km from the entrance, but offers fewer options.

Pousada Veadeiros
An economical, clean, and pleasant option, featuring cabins named after birds. Cabins start at only R$50 a night.
Rua das Nascentes, Alto Paraiso
Tel: 3446 1820
www.pousadaveadeiros.com.br

Bagua Pousada
If you're looking to stay much closer, in a luxurious bungalow setting, this is the place. Bungalows start at R$350 a night.
Located right by the entrance to Chapada dos Veaedeiros
Tel: 3455 1046
www.baguapousada.com.br

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Getting There
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Chapada Veadeiros Rock Formation

5 hour bus ride to Brasilia that departs daily at 9am. There is also a bus that leaves Brasilia daily at 11am for Alto Paraiso. Expect to pay around R$35 for the trip. Alternatively, you can travel by private taxi between the two locations for around R$100.
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