Lençóis was founded during the second wave of mining in the Chapada Diamantina. The first wave sought gold in the 17th century in the towns of Rio de Contas and Jacobina, while the diamond era started in 1844 with the discovery of fine stones in the rivers near the present-day town of Mucugê.
As people rushed to the region they erected their tents right at the edges of the rivers where they were working, looking like so much laundry hung out to dry - hence the name of the town Lençóis ("sheets"). It took only a few decades for the diamonds to be exhausted, and the region was lost in time - until it was rediscovered for its precious gifts of nature.
Uncountable waterfalls, lovely neighboring towns, mountains sculptured over the eons. There is no limit to the attractions to be seen. Long hikes - the trek through Paty Valley is considered one of the best in the world - or short walks. There is something for everyone. Lençóis offers unforgettable views of natural landscapes, and an endless number of places to swim in cool mountain rivers paved with pink sandstone.
Besides the natural beauties, Lençois still offers museums and art galleries spreaded around the small towns of Chapada so worth to be visited. And every year between August and September there is a "City Festival" with concerts, expositions and parties.
The Arts Path in Lençóis
Quieter but not less interesting days can be spent visiting studios from the artists who live in Lençois, sometimes with events and workshops for the visitors.
- Alcino Caetano Studio: porcelains and ceramics hand-painted
- JC Studio: ceramist of scultures and panels made with natural inks