High in biodiversity and a sense of wonder, Chapada dos Veadeiros is a lengthy stretch of highland savannah in the state of Goias. Purportedly the brightest spot on Earth as seen by NASA satellites (due to its quartz-rich soil... don’t forget your sunglasses), travelers to the national park follow in the footsteps of long ago gold miners past waterfalls, abandoned mines, and a rich and varied ecosystem. Follow the Preto River to see numerous falls and catch a glimpse of animals like anteaters, wolves, jaguars, toucans, and other endangered species.
Because much of the area is privately owned, the proprietors do charge a fee for the many attractions, including the popular Moon Valley, which is a 20 minute walk from the town of Sao Jorge, and is known to sparkle like the moon because of the quartz deposits. Check into Sao Jorge or Alto Paraiso for a guide willing to show you the sights, which are widely dispersed enough so that hiking between them all isn't a viable option.