Marimbus, the mini Pantanal of the Chapada Diamantina
The Chapada Diamantina, in addition to caves, waterfalls and mountains, also has other incredible experiences to offer. One such trip is that to Marimbus, also known as the mini Pantanal of the Chapada Diamantina. It is one of the Chapada Diamantina’s unmissable trips for adventurers – but it’s not easy – it involves a row of about 1.5 hours to get to Marimbus, plus another 2 hours (against the current) to get back.
The Marimbus in the Chapada Diamantina is found between the regions of Lençóis and Andaraí and the leaving point to get to the mini- pantanal – the semi-arid area of Bahia – or simply known as Marimbus, is the Comunidade Quilombola de Remanso, about 20km from the town of Lençóis. The Comunidade Quilombola de Remanso has been recognised by the Ministério da Cultura (Ministry of Culture) as a cultural heritage point, and originates from the 1920’s. Around 300 Afro-Brazilians are still actually living in the community
This community – the Comunidade Quilombola de Remanso marks the beginning of the trip to Marimbus. You can rent a canoe or boat and row along the river until you arrive close to the Cachoeira do Roncador, where the water flows into the river São José. The Marimbus in the Chapada da Diamantina is considered an environmentally protected area, and is a place where you can see the outstanding fauna and flora of the region, with aquatic plants similar to those which you would see in the pantanal of Mato Grosso and the Amazon.