An essay about the natural beauty of Jalapão in Brazil
Anna Carolina Negri
The many sides of Jalapão in Tocantins, a paradise in northern Brazil
When to go
The dry season is from May to September. It’s recommended to visit at the beginning of this period, when the vegetation is still exuberant and the weather is nice. The temperatures range from approximately 68 °F [20 °C] to 86 °F [30 °C].
The cities of Ponte Alta and São Félix do Tocantins are close by, but Mateiros, located some 186 miles [300 km] from Palmas, is the starting point for the main activities. There are options of inns and campsites.
From the capital, Palmas, you need a car to go to the cities closest to the attractions. Agencies offer 4x4 vehicles and drivers.
LATAM has direct flights to Palmas from São Paulo and Brasília.
Sunset on the dunes in Jalapão.
Sand bars surrounded by greenery make the meeting of two ecosystems evident: the caatinga of the Northeast and the Amazon Rainforest.
The Sussuapara Canyon.
The emblematic Serra da Catedral, which resembles a church.
Blue-and-yellow macaw on a road to Jalapão and Paepalanthus flower, typical of the region.
Crystal-clear waters of the Cachoeira da Formiga Waterfall, one of the most popular attractions in the area.