Guide to Chapada Diamantina: Lençois
Lençois (pr. len-SOY-ss/sh) is a busy and pretty little town sitting on a river (Rio Lençois) on the eastern side of the Chapada Diamantina mountains and National Park.
Lençois is the most developed town in the Chapada Diamantina thanks to its accessible position and to its history as a wealthy mining and trading town in the C19th and beyond.
Although it may be the most developed, that's not to say that it's over-developed : in fact it's a relaxed and attractive place with just enough facilities to cover most needs as a visitor.
If you stay at the very pretty Hotel Canto dos Aguas, it's a 2 minute walk into the town, crossing a smart bridge into the town square (Praça das Nagôs).
To your left is a covered market where you might see some Capoeira being practised (we saw some on a Friday evening) and lots of craft souvenir stalls.
If you need any kit, the best shop is Dois Irmãos just off the square to the right. It also sells drinks and snacks if you want to stock up on those before a hike.
Shops are generally open until about 10pm.
The post office and a bank are not far up the street opposite Dois Irmãos.
The main street for bars and restaurants is Rua Almirante Barroso which runs up from the top left of the square (as you look from the bridge).
We have eaten in two restaurants off the square to the right: both were good unpretentious places with very tasty food (and plenty of it of course). Of the two, we preferred Grisante, but the best advice on what's good is likely to come from your guide at the time.
The bus station (more of a bus stop with kiosk really) is back across the bridge and turn left (ie away from the hotel on the same side of the river) about 100m along.