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Salvador, Lencois and the beaches of Bahia: discover-bahias-blue-caves

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There are over 130 mapped caves in the area close to Lençois in Bahia’s Chapada Diamantina, northeast Brazil. , many as yet unexplored. This may be the most extensive underground water system in the world.. In conjunction with the caves, you’ll find streams of gemstone clarity leading to holes where the pervading limestone has dissolved and the resulting space filled with bright turquoise blue water, the white-ish rock reflecting the sky and sunlight – so tempting for a dip on a hot day. The caves and pools are defined by weird rock formations, giving the landscape an almost extra-terrestrial aspect.

The best known pools are Poço do diablo (Devil’s Grotto), Poço Encantado (Enchanted Grotto) Gruta Azul (Blue Grotto) on the Pratinha river and Encantada. You’ll need a guide safely to visit the most impressive caves, as some are complex mazes inside and are hidden by forests from the outside.

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