View across the plateaus with cliffsides visible rising up out of verdant green slopes.

Exploring the Chapada Diamantina Region of Brazil

If you want to check out a stunning piece of natural beauty, look no further than the Chapada Diamantina, otherwise known as the Diamond Plateau, in the jungles of Brazil. Author Michael Sommers guides us through this South American destination with loads of travel tips and suggestions.

A shallow pool of steaming water ringed by cabins with thatched roofs.

Papallacta Hot Springs and the Lake District

This gorgeous stretch of country, filling the southern tip of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve, offers plenty of hiking possibilities among moody glacial lakes and crumbling hills that evoke the craggy countryside of Scotland.

Luminous green water fills the caldera of an extinct volcano.

Lake Quilotoa and the Quilotoa Loop

The road northwest of Latacunga loops through a series of remote indigenous villages. The spectacular scenery in this region—in particular the incredible beauty of Lake Quilotoa—makes this a very popular hiking destination.

The centro histórico neighborhood known more commonly as Praia Grande or Reviver. Photo © Mariana Costa, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

São Luís, the Island Capital of Maranhão

Maranhão’s island capital is bursting with cultural riches and has a flavor quite unlike any other of Brazil’s northeastern cities. São Luís is a seafood lover’s paradise with a colonial center recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read on for accommodations, nightlife, and everything else you need to plan a visit.