Welcome to Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães
Only receiving national park status in 1989, the outstanding 33,000-hectare (81,545-acre) Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães remains under the mass tourism radar, though it's hard to see why. Picture the scene: red rock buttresses soaring up from a green valley; lines of palm trees marking the location of clear rivers and pools for snorkeling; waterfalls ranging from immense to petite and swimmable; dusty hikes through parched land, observed only by yellow-eyed burrowing desert owls; mysterious caves to explore… The park sits high on a plateau, meaning that evening and morning temperatures are mercifully cooler than elsewhere in Mato Grosso.
The Véu de Noiva area is the only part of the park you can visit independently. Otherwise a certified guide is required.