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Chapada Diamantina Trekking Tour

10 Days / 9 Nights

This ten days in Bahia takes you first to Salvador de Bahia, the capital of Afro-Brazilian culture such as samba and capoeira. You then travel to Lençois and the Chapada Diamantina National Park for one of the finest treks in Brazil. The Sincorá Route takes you between small villages set in lush valleys, with spectacular waterfalls, wonderful natural scenery and unique flora and fauna.

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 ten days in Bahia takes you first to Salvador de Bahia, the capital of Afro-Brazilian culture such as samba and capoeira. You then travel to Lençois and the Chapada Diamantina National Park for one of the finest treks in Brazil. The Sincorá Route takes you between small villages set in lush valleys, with spectacular waterfalls, wonderful natural scenery and unique flora and fauna.


  • Destinations: Salvador - Lençois & Chapada Diamantina
  • Duration: 10 Days / 9 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
Salvador
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
Salvador
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
Salvador to Lençois
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 : The Caves of Mountains of Chapada Diamantina
Lençois
A full day around the Chapada Diamantina National Park begins with a visit to the Rio Mucugezinho and a short walk to the Poço do Diabo (Devil\'s Well) Waterfall, with a short stop for a swim there. After lunch, you visit the Gruta Azul (Blue Cave) to see the sun hitting the crystal clear water at the optimum moment. You wander amongst huge limestone stalactites and stalagmites of the Gruta da Lapa Doce cave system before finishing the day with the short hike to the top of Morro do Pai Inácio. The flat summits allow 360˚ panoramic views as the sun sets on the Chapada Diamantina National Park, a memorable finish before you return to Lençois.
Day 5 : Hiking to the Highest Waterfall in Brazil
Lençois to Caete-Açu
The hike to the top of Cachoeira da Fumaça, the highest waterfall in Brazil, begins with the drive around to the village of Caete-Açu in the Vale do Capao. The hike begins 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! A stop for a swim in the Riachinho Waterfall is included during the journey back to Lençois.
Day 6 : Valley Vistas
Caete-Açu to Mucuge
Today\'s hike takes you first by car 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. The final part of the trek is the descent of the Morro do Beco, the old pack-horse trail to Pati. The trail drops steeply through a chasm in the escarpment to Guine, from where you drive to Mucuge.
Day 7 : The Hidden Waterfall of Burucao
Mucuge
Every day in the Chapada Diamantina National Park is special. This day is even more special then most, with a visit to Buracao, a waterfall that seems to disappear into a big hole in the earth. The adventurous journey to it begins with the drive to Ibicoara and a hike along the banks of the Rio Espalhado, past Orquideas Falls. A descent takes you into the narrow canyon formed by the Buracao waters, with a short swim in lifejackets or a walk along the rocks to the large opening at the bottom of the falls. After taking some stunning photos at the bottom, you ascend the trail out of the canyon to enjoy the views and lunch at the top of the falls. You return by the same trail to your vehicle and then to Mucuge.
Day 8 : Tres Barras Waterfall & Igatu
Mucuge to Igatu
Today\'s hike takes you to the Tres Barras Waterfall, first following the riverbed trail of the Rio Piaba. At the waterfall, a stop for swimming and lunch comes. The Cachoeira dos Cristais is another waterfall further along the trail that can be visited. Another possibility is to visit the Projeto Sempre-Viva on the return journey to Mucuge, with information on the perennial grasses endemic to the region. Piabinhas and Tiburtino are two more waterfalls that can be seen during the project visit. After returning to Mucuge, you travel on by road to the next local village, Igatu. This is perhaps the most striking village of the Chapada Diamantina National Park, with the houses and little church built from local rocks.
Day 9 : Blue Waters of Chapada Diamantina
Igatu to Lençois
The final day of the Sincora Route around the Chapada Diamantina National Park takes you to two of the postcard sights. Before then, a look around Igatu takes you to the ghost town houses abandoned by diamond miners. After a short drive, Poço Encantado is the enchanted pool with water inside a limestone cave that is turned electric blue by a ray of light. Poço Azul is the blue pool with more crystal clear cave water illuminted and turned blue by daylight. You can swim in the waters of the pool and watch your body turn blue in the light. After a regional lunch in the locality, you return to Lençois by road and stay in the town for your final night.
Day 10 : Postcards of Chapada Diamantina
Lençois to Salvador & Away
After breakfast you begin the journey back to Salvador by road or the biweekly flight (Thu/Sun only). This Sincora Route 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 with the Vale do Pati for 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 * US$ 1,825 US$ 2,075 US$ 2,325 US$ 2,750
Domestic Flights ** US$ 320


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?

All Year Round