5 WATERFALLS YOU MUST SEE IN BRAZIL
Brazil, the most massive country in South America, is 3.2 million square miles and is home to numerous landscapes, ecosystems, and stunning waterfalls. The complex and dense system of rivers within the country allow for a variety of MUST-SEE waterfalls to adventure and explore. We had an absolute blast chasing waterfalls from Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park to Iguazu Falls National Park, the most iconic in all of South America. The following is a list of 5 waterfalls in Brazil you must see!
SALTO 2 - CHAPADA DOS VEADEIROS NATIONAL PARK
First on our list is Salt 2 Waterfall within Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. This entire region is immersed within a stunning ancient plateau over 1.8 billion years old. The massive Rio Preto or “Black River”, is the major waterway that winds through the park. This river cut through the plateau creating dramatic exposed cliff faces surrounding your every turn!
The giant Salto 2 Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park waterfall can be reached after hiking about 3 miles from the park entrance. It’s a moderate level trail with several elevation changes, loose rocks and running water crossings. Eventually, the trail reaches a stunning valley lookout followed by a steep staircase heading down to a viewpoint of the falls. Salto do Rio Preto Falls is absolutely breathtaking! The waterfall towers at nearly 400 feet high surrounded by exposed, limestone canyon walls. This is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the entire country!
SALTO 1 CHAPADA DOS VEADEIROS NATIONAL PARK
After gazing at Salto 2 from the lookout across the valley, we continued on the trail following the river through Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Salto 1 is a waterfall that is smaller in height, but is known for it's swimming pool haven! After hiking nearly 4 miles in the hot Brazilian sun, there’s nothing better than jumping into the refreshing river water to cool off. Salto 1 do Rio Preto Falls is the perfect area to kick back, devour your delicious packed lunch, and truly take in the breathtaking scenery surrounding you. We were so blessed to have a warm and sunny day while visiting Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park during the rainy season!
Side Note: We recommend entering into Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park early in the day so that you can enjoy these falls before the crowds arrive. Everyone must enter the park before 12pm and you will need to show valid identification.
ALEMECEGAS 1 WATERFALL
We were lucky to visit Alemecegas 1 waterfall after a few days of intense rain. It was absolutely breathtaking! Located in São Bento Farm, near Alto Paraíso in Goiás, this private waterfall is one of the best secrets in Brazil! We arrived to the breathtaking lookout just 20 minutes after starting the hike. The trail is only a mile long, but there are several sections that are steep and the surface is very uneven. Alemecegas 1 is one of my favorite waterfalls that I have ever captured on long exposure. With all of the various rock ledges, this is a waterfall photographer's dream!
After snapping some shots from above, we continued on the trail hiking down to the pool below. I strongly recommend visiting Alemecegas 1 Falls in the morning to soak up the most sun! There are areas for sun bathing across from the falls, as well as cliff jumps to get your heart pumping! After enjoying the pool below, I definitely recommend stopping by the top of the waterfall on your way out. There’s a path to the right that leads you directly to the pool above Alemecegas 1 Falls. Standing at the top and gazing at the plateaus in the distance was one of my favorite sights our the entire trip!
ALEMECEGAS 2 WATERFALL
Coming in as the dark horse for this waterfall group, we weren’t that impressed when first arriving at Alemecegas 2 Waterfall. After taking a few long exposure shots of the falls, we began packing up our belongings to head on the trail back to our car. Suddenly, two Brazilian guys walked onto Alemecegas 2 Waterfall and started jumping off the cliffs into the pool below! We all turned to each other beaming with large smiles. Kelli was the first to run off the cliff! After I went for a go, my mom (66 years old!) was eager to give it a shot. Corinne looked at me wide-eyed with complete fear. She walked my mom to the cliff edge and decided that she would jump first to ensure one last time that it was safe. Moments after Corinne jumped, my mom yelled KAWABUNGA and leaped off the 25 foot cliff! My mom is the ultimate free spirit adventurer who has taught me all that I know! We had such a blast at Alemecegas 2 Waterfall and soaked up the rest of the daylight until sunset.
Visiting Iguazú Falls National Park has always been a dream of mine from an early age. During my childhood science class, I saw a documentary featuring this waterfall and made it a life-goal to see this stunning beauty with my own eyes. Iguazú Falls is the largest waterfall system on the planet, and no pictures or video can truly capture this incredible phenomenon. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980s.
The massive Iguazú River divides Argentina and Brazil, which both countries have incredible national parks to few Iguazú Falls. Both sides have absolutely stunning areas to see the falls and I highly suggest visiting both sides. While Foz do Iguacu National Park is much smaller in Brazil, I found it less busy and actually just as stunning. There’s a trail that hugs that riverbank and provides numerous lookout points of the stunning falls below. The end of the path takes you down into a sea of raging waterfalls, so make sure you bring your poncho!
On our second day, we explored the Argentina side. I definitely recommend heading there early in the morning and arriving before the park opens. You will definitely need a full day to cover all of the lookouts throughout the national park. After speaking with several park rangers, they provided us with advice to visit the famous “Devil’s Throat” section later in the day. Knowing this, we headed straight for the lower trail and literally had all of the viewpoints to ourselves!
Brazil is an amazing country in South America that has so much to offer. During our month of traveling throughout the country, we were able to visit numerous places and these were the 5 waterfalls in Brazil that you must see! We hope you have a BLAST and enjoy them as much as we did!