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Jalapão is the name of a deserted region of 34.000 km2 in the east of the state Tocantins between the city Palmas and the state Bahia. It is a flat and dry savanna with no trees higher than 2 meter and small rivers that slice deep through the red soil. 
The area can be crossed via one rough road. A long trail of dust will mark the presence of a visitor. But visitors are to prepare themselves well for the trip because Jalapão is hostile and completely deserted. 
Well, almost completely...



Click on the picture for a larger view on the main route through Jalapão. This main route of about 500km takes 3 days. Of course you can easily extend your trip by taking sideways. 

Bridge at Ponte Alta



Pedra Furada near Ponte Alta

Ponte Alta is one of the 3 villages suitable for a night sleep on a mattress, restaurant food, and the preparation of the car.
Diving from the bridge is a habit here. 

This desert like country used to be very unknown, and only some decades ago the government found out that it hided the biggest cocaine plantage of Brazil. 
East Jalapao has the lowest number of people per m2 of Brazil.
Today Jalapão is no longer a secret, and tourist groups know the way. 
But even now you will find deserted places and experience the feeling of being far from everything.

Mr. Lili and his son, living at the Rio Novo, show were the name Jalapão comes from. Jalapa do Brasil is the name of the herb that grows everywhere here. In the past it has been used for medicinal teas.

A sideway to ..?
No sign will tell you.

Dunes of 40m height with red and white sand, small meandering rivers and little lakes. Most water in Jalapão is drinkable. 


Jalapão is different from the rest of Tocantins. It is said that it was once the bottom of the ocean, 350 million years ago. 
Does this explain why there is so much sand ? The famous dunes of Jalapão are the result of erosion from the nearby 800 meter high ‘chapado’. 
The story goes that US army helicopters long ago came here to pick some sand for nuclear uses. Roads didn’t exist.

Picture: Serra do Espirito Santo

Near the Cachoeira da Velha, is a nice beach. At night near the campfire it is wonderful to drink your caipirinha, look at the stars and the moon and listen to the singing of your Brazilian companions.

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Cachoeira Velha
The first people that entered the region from the northeast in the late 19th century found a very hostile country. And today the only economical activity is cattle breeding. And since some years there is ecotourism.
Most tourists visit the region by 4WD. Organized groups from Säo Paolo come here regularly and include a rafting trip on the Rio Novo. Others just cross it in several days, staying in one of the 3 villages, or camping on a river beach. Jalapão has been often (in 1993, 1999 and 2000) part of the Rally Internacional dos Sertões, the 5000 km rally through Brazil. This made Jalapão famous. Several magazines wrote about this area: Familia Aventura, Terra and Off Road.

Picture: Morro do Saco Trapo

The Pedra da Beliza is on the border of 4 states: Bahia, Piaui, Maranhão and Tocantins.
Near the village Mateiros is a so called Fervedouro. The water comes up from the bottom of a pond, filtered through the sand. The pressure pushes you out of the water. In fact there is no bottom, only a soft mix of sand and water. The pond is protected with planted banana plants.

Handicraft with Capim Dourado

An example of the golden grass ´Capim Dourado', as produced at Mumbuca near Mateiros. Read more.



Morro da Catedral

Near Novo Acordo you can see another rock formation shaped by erosion of the see and the wind: Morro do Gorgulho

Highlights per village:
Ponte Alta Cachoeira de Suçuapara / Gruta do Suçuapara
Morro Solto / da Pedra Furada / da Cachorra / da Cruz
Cachoeira do Lajeado / do Brejo da Cama
Lagoa da Taboca / das Caldeirões
Ponte Alta - Mateiros Dunas da Serra do Espirito Santo
Cachoeira da Velha
Lagoa Encantada (Rio Novo)
Mateiros Pedra da Baliza
Morro do Saco Trapo
Cachoeira da Formiga
Quilombo dos Mumbucas
São Felix Morro da Catedral
Cachoeira do Rio da Prata
Praia do Rio Sono
São Felix - Novo Acordo Morro do Gorgulho
Novo Acordo Praia do Borges (Rio Sono)
Hotel do Holandês
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