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Caminho dos Escravos, Diamantina

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Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
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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Where to stay in Diamantina

Diamantina offers a range of rustic, charatcer-filled accommodations, in keeping with the town's history and chief attractions. Find atmospheric pousadas (guesthouses) dotted around the cobbled streets of the old town, occupying formerly residential streets, with luxury and mid-range options also available. A few more modern standalone hotels have been built in recent years, located away from the historic center and catering to budget-conscious travelers. If you're looking for quick access to the surrounding nature, consider staying at one of the motels and pousadas along Av. Jao Antunes de Oliveira, located in the northwest of town.
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  • We started at km 585 on the BR. Instead of going down toward Diamantina, you can start hiking up. Lost the trail the first time, downloaded a GPS track and went back. Did not do the full 17 km, but ve...  more »
  • The trail requires physical preparation and appropriate footwear. Worth the walk. It is possible to climb the whole trail or stop in the high part of the bride's Veil waterfall. Incredible view!
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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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  • A beautiful gazebo.
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  • Great view, great to learn a little more of the story in practice.
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  • Special place in our history.
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  • Beautiful view of Diamantina
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