Morro do Chapéu
11°33’0”S – 41°9’21”W
Elevation: 1,000 mts.
Temperature: 18°/24 °C (Winter may reach 10°C)
Ten years ago I visited Morro do Chapéu for the first time. I was coming from Chapada Diamantina and heading towards Jacobina. I was just passing by and had only moments to appreciate and explore the beautiful landscape which I did with great pleasure. By the road I did collect samples of a Hohenbergia which, years later, was described as Hohenbergia magnispica. This, dear reader, is the true meaning of beginner’s luck! Finding a new species of Bromeliaceae so easily is an unforgettable happening. Needless to say, I have Morro do Chapéu in my heart!
Morro do Chapéu was the first city in the region to install wind turbines. Now it is experiencing problems – including legal – with this new technology.
Over the years I returned other times for very brief periods. Last visit occurred in 2012, when Adroaldo took me to see Ferro Doido, a beautiful ecosystem that I recommend visiting. Shots of this awesome location are included in this presentation. Much is still to be explored.