Jalapão will definitely ring a bell to the average Brazilian – this area in central Brazil become famous for being the background of the popular tv novela O Outro Lado do Paraiso. But the average foreign tourist has probably never heard of Jalapão.
And that’s a shame! This region in the Cerrado (a savanna biome) has a lot to offer to any nature lover. Beautiful sand dunes, canyons, mesas, waterfalls, and also fervedouros: water pools with floating sand and air pressure coming from below, unique in the world (and quite fun if I may add). The pools have the most gorgeous colour and are surrounded by lush banana trees.
Jalapão is definitely worth a visit if you have enough time in Brazil or have already seen most of the regular tourist hotspots. Spend a few days there, reconnect with nature and come back refreshed.
A tour generally includes several fervedouros, one or more waterfalls, the pedra furada for sunset and the stunning sand dunes. We also saw the meeting point where two different rivers (with different types of water) come together, a tiny canyon with vegetation everywhere, and did a night hike to see the sunrise from above.
There is, surprisingly, a lot to to see in Jalapão. From afar you wouldn’t think this area would be so diverse. A true hidden gem in the heart of Brazil, that hasn’t seem to be discovered by foreign tourists yet. Have you heard of or been to Jalapão? Let me know!