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Introducing West of Salvador

The great attraction in Bahia’s interior is the Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina, a verdant area of scenic plateaus, grassy valleys, waterfalls and rushing rivers. Opportunities for trekking and outdoor adventures abound.

In contrast to this verdant area, the rest of this region comprises the bizarre moonscapes of the sertão, a vast and parched land on which a struggling people eke out a living raising cattle and tilling the earth. When the periodic tremendous droughts sweep the land, thousands of sertanejos (inhabitants of the sertão) pile their belongings on their backs and head out in search of jobs. But with the first hint of rain they return to renew their strong bond with this land.