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CHAPADA DIAMANTINA

Presentation

In the interior of the state of Bahia lays a Brazilian natural jewel, the Chapada Diamantina. Several panoramic breathtaking views are found between one waterfall and another, and compose one of the best trekkings in Brazil. The contours of the horizon are perfectly designed for a unique experience. Full and complete immersion in a place without comparison in the world.

Attractions

The colonial village of Lencois, the hippie one of Capão
The immensity of the Chapada Diamantina National Park
The windy paths and the refreshing waterfalls
Nights in the heart of the Park, contact with the locals and their culture
Aventure – Nature – Trekking – Ecotourism – Fauna & Flora

Roadmap –  7 days

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DAY 1 : SALVADOR – LENÇÓIS
At 05:30, meeting in the hotel lobby with a local Portuguese-speaking driver. Private transpotation to Salvador bus station. At 07:00, departure by collective passenger bus to Lençóis, “capital” of the Chapada Diamantina National Park. 06H30 journey for 415 km. Upon arrival, the group shall make his way to the hotel. Check-in, installation at the hotel and rest of the day leisure. The surroundings offers many attractions and offers a first step into the National Park and its wonders. Walking visit into the historical city centre built around diamond mining. Bath in Serrano’s pool, overlooking the small town, Walk to the Grizante River & its natural toboggan.
Bus tickets included. Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 2 : LENÇÓIS – VALE DO RIBEIRÃO – CAETÉ AÇU
At 08:30, meeting in the hotel lobby with an English-speaking guide. He will escort the group during the trek into the Vale do Pati, Jewel of the Chapada Diamantina National Park. The day begins uphill to enter the Ribeirão Valley and let Lençóis disappear. The trail goes by the foothills and small rivers. Lunch break before heading to the Vale do Capão. Stunning panoramas are offered along the route while the Morrão stretches its shadow in the sunset. A short drive to the tiny hippy born village of Caeté Açú ends today’s activity. Evening at leisure.
Meals included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 3 : CAETÉ AÇU – CACHOEIRA DA FUMAÇA – CAETÉ AÇU
After breakfast, meeting in the hotel lobby with an English-speaking guide. Short transfer to the starting point of the valley’s slopes. A small path leads to the plateau that heads to a regional symbol: the Fumaça Waterfall. 03H00 walk for 300 meters uphill. The “smoking cascade” appears after the ascension on the sides of Capão Valley. Hidden between the stones, at 370 meters high, it is the highest waterfall in Brazil. Its nickname comes from the refreshing halo created by winds that sweep the rocky canyon. Picnic on the mountain’s top. The track goes back the same way to a refreshing swim in the Riachinho waters. Return to Caeté-Açú by the end of the day. Evening at leisure.
Lunch included. Dinner not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 4 : CAETÉ AÇU – GERAIS DO VIERA & RIO PRETO – VALE DO PATI
After breakfast, short transfer from Caeté-Açú to Bomba. The day trek leads to the heart of the Chapada Diamantina national park and the Pati valley. 06H00 walk for 600 meters uphill. The journey is pretty heavy but promises to be rewarding. Well nature brilliantly expresses itself here through the discreet birds, a rich flora, some endemic orchids and large panorama on the mountains. Picnic in the Brazilian immensity looking at the Chapada’s unique formations. After a while on the flat plateau an abrupt descent lays in front to reach the canyon’s heart before a last saddle which leads into the Pati valley. Upon arrival, installation in a rustic local room of a valley resident. Free time before dinner. Evening under the stars.
Meals included. Night in homestay accommodation.

DAY 5 : VALE DO PATI / CAHOEIRÃO POR CIMA
An active outdoor day is announced! 05H00 walk for 500 meters uphill. After breakfast, hike along a mule trail to the Rio Preto plateau. The short grass facilitate progress in these gigantic Chapada landscapes. The flat land disappears to enter the River Cachoeirão Valley. A rewarded effort when the river falls hastily though a rocky theatre that offer a large panorama of the Pati valley. Lunch break and relaxation by this Brazilian postcard before going back to the camp for the night. Dinner and evening at leisure in the valley.
Meals included. Night in homestay accommodation.

DAY 6 : VALE DO PATI
After breakfast, it is time to leave Raquel’s house heading south towards the valley’s nook. The pace is slow, to feel surrounding energies, to enjoy lights on the Morro do Castelo and the Morro Branco and to spot birds and small mammals. 03H00 walk. Lunch by a waterfall. Free time to relax and bath before heading, between streams, to Mr Joia’s house. He welcomes the adventurers, smiling. A joy, just as the name suggests! Dinner and evening at leisure under the stars.
Meals included. Night in homestay accommodation.

DAY 7 : VALE DO PATI – ANDARAÍ – LENÇÓIS
After breakfast, hike begins towards Andaraí, a small village on the National Park East border. 06H00 walk for 550 meters uphill. The Pati valley green jewel is not easy to leave behind. Progress is slow and silent as the trail goes by the steep slopes. The summit offers a well-deserved break. Lunch around a water point before going down overlooking Andaraí village. The contrast is surprising. The landscape is arid and rocky, the result of years of unrestrained exploitation for diamonds. From there off-road vehicle journey to Lençóis. 01H20 journey for 100 km. Upon arrival, check-in, installation at the hotel and evening at leisure.
Lunch included. Dinner not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 8 : LENÇÓIS – SALVADOR
Morning at leisure.
At noon, the group shall make his way to Lençóis bus station. At 13:00, departure by collective passenger bus to Salvador. 06H30 journey to 415 km. Upon arrival, reception at the bus station and private transpotation to the hotel. Check-in, installation and evening at leisure.
Bus ticket included. Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

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