We took a 6 hour bus trip inland from Salvador to Lencois to go to the Chipata Diamante a National Park that until very recently was a big diamond mine and is still used as a mine by some local diamand miners today.
It was really interesting to head inland and see more of the country side which brought home the huge disparity of wealth that we noticed a lot in Salvador. Lencois reminded us a lot of some of the African towns we had visited in terms of the poverty and houses etc.
Kate got food poisoning from a salad and was vomiting for about 12 hours the night before we headed out for a 2 day trek which was a pretty rough way to start!! we started a big climb up the rocky mountains in the blazing heat which was pretty tough and then came down to a pretty waterfall where we stopped for lunch and a rest and Kate finally started to feel slightly human again! We then hiked up again to another waterfall and camped by the river bed and slept under a rock crevice. We had dinner and sat out under the stars with the sound of the river flowing past it was so peaceful! We met a gorgeous Brazilian couple from Rio and a nice English couple who were on the trek with us so we had enjoyable company.
The next day we walked for a few hours then stripped down to our swimmers and scrambled over rocks, swam through pools, climbed through a waterfall and swam and scrambled over more rocks to get to an amazing tall waterfall and deep pool to swim in. It was such a special place and so pretty!! Heading back in the heat was pretty tough especially as our guide got lost!!!!! but we made it back home ok with sore feet and met up with the others for some drinks later that night before we crashed out.
The next day we got the bus back to Salvador and flew back to Argentina the next day. We really enjoyed Brazil and hope to see more of it and go further north next time. The people are so warm and loud and love having a good time!! The disparity of wealth was really tough to see and we realised how lucky we are to have a country with social support.