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7-Day Chapada Diamantina Trek

9 Days / 8 Nights

This trek through the heart of the Chapada Diamantina National Park takes you from one side to the other, crossing mountains and rivers, and traversing riverbeds and canyons. The imposing Cachoeira da Fumaça drops into a hidden canyon, while the remote Vale do Pati also hides its natural treasures away from the world.

Hiking Tours of Brazil

Our Hiking Tours of Brazil are all basic ideas that can be tailor-made to match your requirements. Any tour can include one or more destinations, and can be purely dedicated to hiking, although some mountains may include a little climbing that is still suitable for those without much experience. We can also arrange serious climbing trips. We can also mix them with other activities such as climbing, kayaking or tandem hang-gliding flights, some regular tourism, and some nightlife. We include all that you need during your trip, the accommodation with breakfast; all airport transfers and other road journeys; any activities and excursions with English-speaking guides and relevant entrance fees; plus some popular extras. For our Hiking Tours of Brazil, you only need to bring your favourite hiking boots and regular outdoor clothing and equipment. Any parts where a little climbing is necessary will include ropes, helmets and safety harnesses. All hikes and climbs are undertaken with an experienced, qualified local guide, with activity insurance included. 

This trek through the heart of the Chapada Diamantina National Park takes you from one side to the other, crossing mountains and rivers, and traversing riverbeds and canyons. The imposing Cachoeira da Fumaça drops into a hidden canyon, while the remote Vale do Pati also hides its natural treasures away from the world. 


  • Destinations: Salvador - Lençois & Chapada Diamantina
  • Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Activities: Hiking & Trekking - Ecotourism

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Arrive in Bahia
Your flight arrives in Salvador after flying over the beautiful coastline of Bahia in Brazil's north-east. A window seat should give you a view of endless miles of white sand, palm-tree groves and blue ocean. On arrival in Salvador, the state capital of Bahia and first capital of Brazil, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the historic centre of the city around Pelourinho. Your day is then free to recover from the journey and enjoy Bahian cuisine such as acarajé or moqueca, usually based around seafood, spices and coconut milk.
Day 2 : Afro-Brazilian Cultural Capital
Your morning tour of Salvador begins by the lighthouse and fort at the entrance of All Saints Bay and continues via the port which unloaded boats from Africa. Ascending to the Upper City, the Lacerda Elevator has exceptional views over the bay. The tour continues on foot through squares and narrow streets lined with colorful colonial buildings to Pelourinho, the heart of the city. This square contained the whipping post where Africans were sold as slaves. The afternoon is free to browse the historic area. Evening brings a spectacular Bahia Folkloric Show, with representations of candomble rituals and capoeira demonstrations.
Day 3 : The Chapada Diamantina National Park
After breakfast you travel to Lençois in the Bahia interior, either by plane (Thursday/Sunday only), public bus or private vehicle. The road west from Salvador passes market towns, plantations, and the dry lands of the Sertao, the Brazilian desert interior. The area around the old diamond mining town of Lençois and the National Park of Chapada Diamantina is an oasis in the dusty outback. Flat-topped mountains rise to 1600m, and the valleys between them are covered in lush forests and tumbling waterfalls. After arriving you can explore the cobbled streets of the charming colonial town, or swim at the beautiful Serrano Falls a short walk upriver.
Day 4 : Hiking in the Chapada Diamantina National Park
A morning departure on the Vale do Pati Trek takes you first by car to the foot of Morro do Pai Inacio, one of the flat-topped chapadas and a postcard of the national park, with views of the Vale do Cercado and the Tres Irmaos (Three Brothers) mountains from the top. A flat 14km hike takes you past Morrao, another Chapada postcard with a stop for lunch with the birds at the Aguas Claras swimming holes. The afternoon hike continues into the Vale do Capao where a possible quick detour by vehicle finishes the day with another plunge into the pools below the Riachinho Waterfall. The night is spent in the village of Capao, a quiet and relaxed interior town.
Day 5 : Hiking to the Highest Waterfall in Brazil
The hike to the top of Cachoeira da Fumaça, the highest waterfall in Brazil, begins from the village and heads up a steep path rising 2km from the floor of the valley to the top of the Serra do Sincora. The views along the valley and to other chapadas are stunning. The next 4km are on the flat summit until you reach the top of Cachoeira da Fumaça. At almost 400m, the falls are so high that the water doesn't reach the bottom! The fall disappears into the spray for which the falls are named. You can also peer down to the lake from an overhanging rock... if you dare! This fantastic photo opportunity comes before you return to your pousada in the valley, with a stop for the local jaca pastel after you descend.
Day 6 : Valley Vistas
Today's hike takes you first a little further into the Vale do Capao where you begin a hike of 22km with the trail out of the valley. Climbing up the Bomba trail, you reach the head of the valley with stunning views all the way down the Vale do Capao, and verdant chapadas stretching up on either side. After traversing the high meadows of the Gerais do Vieira and the Rio Preto, a stop for lunch high on the escarpment gives a wonderful view of the Serra da Lapinha in the middle of the valley and down into the Vale do Pati below it. After dropping back down to the head of the Pati Valley, you spend the night in simple local accommodation with a warm welcome and warm regional food.
Day 7 : The Falls and Caves of the Pati Valley
After breakfast, a 12km day of hiking the old trails of the remote and enclosed Vale do Pati begins. The first trail follows the riverbed of the Rio Funis, passing various cascades until you reach the waterfall of the same name. Cachoeira dos Funis provides another stop for lunch and a swim in the pools. The trail continues up to the top of the Serra da Lapinha, where you will find the Gruta do Castelo (Cave of the Castle), a huge quartzite cave. The cave passes right through the mountain to the other side, giving views of both sides of the Pati Valley, although never at the same time! After time for photos from way above the valley, you return to the bottom.
Day 8 : Above the Big Waterfall
As if the scenery around the Vale do Pati wasn't already fantastic, today's 15km takes you to perhaps the most scenic point in the valley and of the trek. Perhaps... Cachoeirao is the big waterfall, with a drop of around 300m in up to 20 falls in the wet season of April and May. The best view of these falls is from the opposite side of Pati, from a rock ledge that looks down on the falls and down, down to the bottom of the valley directly below. This vertigo-inducing view is one of the best in the whole Chapada Diamantina National Park, and your photos from here are likely to be amongst your very favourites of Brazil or anywhere else. The day finishes down in the valley at another simple lodging.
Day 9 : Striding Out of the Pati Valley
The final day of the Vale do Pati Trek begins climbing out of the Vale do Pati, the hardest part of the 15km route to the village of Guine. The major part of the hike is across the Rio do Preto meadows, crossing the Black River along the way, its waters coloured by the soil of the surrounding hills. The final part of the trek is the descent of the Morro do Beco, the old pack-horse and mining trail to Pati. The trail drops steeply through a chasm in the escarpment, with long-distance views over the flat lands surrounding the Chapada Diamantina National Park and even to the mountains in the west of Bahia, bordering the states of Goias and Tocantins. You return from Guine to Lençois by road.
Day 10 : Walking Away from Bahia
After breakfast you begin the journey back to Salvador by road or the biweekly flight (Thu/Sun only). This Vale do Pati Trek can also be combined with any of our other destinations in Bahia, such as Praia do Forte or Morro do Sao Paulo. You can also include it as part of a larger tour around Brazil, or even as the first part of a far longer trek around the Chapada Diamantina National Park. The possibility exists to link these areas in the north-west of the park with those towards the southern end in a spectacular long-distance trail including parts of the park only recently opened up in some of the very best hiking country in the whole of Brazil.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * On Request On Request On Request On Request
Domestic Flights ** N/A


Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Salvador
Lençois & Chapada Diamantina

 

* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

June - July - August - September - October - November