Guide to Chapada Diamantina: Pai Inácio
The Morro do Pai Inácio (pr. Pie eh-Nah-soo) is an accessible flat-topped mountain at the north of the Chapada Diamantina National Park. It has great views all around and is justly a popular spot to experience sunset.
The drive Lençois to/from Pai Inácio is about 30 mins.
You drive up to a small car park, where you sign a visitors book, make a voluntary donation and then make a short (100m) ascent to the plateau top of the mountain. It's steep, including one boulder that requires hands and feet to climb, though it's not difficult. It'll take between 10 and 20 minutes to get to the top depending on how goat-like you are.
The views from the top justify its status as a tourist must-visit, especially at sunset. There are great views to north, south and east, and the less-pretty west is beautiful with the sun setting.
There are a couple of entertaining stories about how the mountain got its name which your guide will share with you.
Once the sun has gone gone, make your way back down the path before the light goes. Don't worry, you have about 30 minutes.