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Caminho dos Escravos, Diamantina

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Learn about the region’s colorful past by visiting Caminho dos Escravos, a stone path built in the 19th century by the local slave population. Located near the historic city of Diamantina, this road was constructed of heavy stone blocks and was long used for the movement of diamonds dug up in this mineral-rich area. Today the historic path is a tourist attraction offering guided walks to visitors interested in local history. Whether you choose to walk just a section of this road or its entire length, make sure to wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Along the way take a little time to observe native forests, rivers, waterfalls, and a panoramic view of the city. Make Caminho dos Escravos part of your personalized Diamantina itinerary using our Diamantina travel itinerary planner.
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  • I went with my family, on their own. To get the part that is still preserved the original shim just get the BR 367 North of Diamantina; the path of the slave crosses the highway around 585 km. There is signage and appropriate place to park the car less than 1 km later. Tamping is awesome! Wide, flat, formed by some huge blocks of stone. The footwear is short, less than 1 km away and difficult to access for people with reduced mobility. The site has no infrastructure and I think could be incremented by boards that tell the story of that construction. Would make the ride more interesting and complete.
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  • This place keeps the original characteristics of the colonial period, in which the slaves roamed long distances carrying their Lords and their goods. The path clearly demonstrates the hardness that these men braved to build it, given the dificuldasdes of the time. Very preserved, is equivalent to a return to the time and makes us reflect on the atrocities ever committed by a man against his own similar!
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  • The path of the slaves is the remnant of the ancient link between the center of Arraial do Tejuco (now Diamantina) with the Medanha miner district. The best way to go is to complete a Trek 23 km that starts in the market of the Drovers of Diamantina and ends in Medanha. The vast majority of people only travels a minimum stretch which is close to BR, but worth doing the full path. After he leaves, the path enters the eastern portion of the State Park Biribiri, with typical shrub, and stones-giant saws popping up all the time. Unfortunately the local Federal University came up with the idea to build his ' JK ' Campus in the middle of this landscape and ruined a part of the path, but passed this area, everything remains fairly isolated and lonely. The most famous part of the road is about 10-15 minutes after getting into the Park, where you watch the sidewalk still well-preserved and low walls of the original path. This point also offers the best panoramic view of the mountain range of the crystals with the city of Diamantina in the middle. Following in the Medanha, you pass the track stream Palmital, initially a quiet Creek and with many wells, then full of waterfalls as you get close to Medanha. Most of these waterfalls is not signposted and nowhere near the main road, so requires minor deviations all the time (you know they're there for the noise). Arriving in Medanha, there are bus back to Diamantina (viação is the Green Bird). I don't recommend doing the reverse, because you get to Diamantina at night, and the neighborhoods of the entrance of the city are not very secure. Don't need tabs, but it's good to always consult the farmers you see ahead of you. Path is easy, but little signaled. Many forks.
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  • Beautiful view of Diamantina
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