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The Jalapão is a little known place and quite wild, located east of the state of Tocantins in northern Brazil. The region has one of the most important Brazilian biomes. The park is a mixture of desert and savannah with its scenery, full of colors, reveals the change to the cerrado savanna. Nature lovers can not fail to know Jalapão and enjoy the crystal clean water from of its many rivers and waterfalls in the midst of extremely fine sand. One of the most coveted sights of Jalapão are huge orange sand dunes where people go to see the sunset.

About Jalapão

Located on the border of Bahia, Maranhão and Piauí, in an area of 34,113 km², Jalapão is known as the Brazilian desert and is one of the most spectacular scenery in Brazil. However, the biggest inspiration of this adventure destination comes from its waters with its natural emerald green and crystal clear waterfalls pools, and of course its plateaus and orange dunes of up to 40 m tall.

Created in 2011, the Jalapão State Park is still unknown for most Brazilians. The gateway to the park is the city of Mateiros, home to the best hostels in the area, as well as waterfalls, dunes and lookout points. One of the most sought-after sights of Jalapão are the huge dunes of orange sand that reach 40 meters high, where you can enjoy the sunset or walk in the golden sands.

The dunes are formed by erosion of Serra do Espírito Santo, another must-see of the park. The top of the ridge is a large flat area, which resembles an immense plateau and can be reached after an hour's walk. There, you can have a magnificent views from all over the park.

One of the great attractions of Jalapao are the fervedouros, natural wells of pristine turquoise water - in fact, the place is a source of an underground river, whose outcrop of the water has such a great pressure that prevents people from sinking. The rafting on Rio Negro is one of the most popular activities in Jalapão. The adventure follows a stretch of six kilometers down the river and lasts about three hours. Other extreme sports are also practiced in the river, such as canoeing and abseiling. Not far away is Cachoeira Velha, the largest waterfall in the park, about a hundred meters wide.

Jalapão is also known for Golden Grass crafts, where residents make vases, jewelry, decorative items and various other souvenirs with this plant, which shines like gold. In the transition forest, the undergrowth is similar to savannas. To reach the Jalapão dunes, access is also difficult by stone roads or sand. In the region, only cars with traction can make the trip. In order to maintain the preservation of the park, in certain points the access is only allowed on foot. 

Natopia offers you a range of experiences to help you get the most of the natural wonders Jalapão has to offer. If you cannot find what you are looking for let us know and with our knowledge, connections, and access we will help you find the natural experiences that will make your trip to Jalapão something you will remember for a lifetime.