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Chapada dos Veadeiros MTB Extreme

7 Nights Recommended

This mountain bike circuit of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is aimed at the more serious rider. Long days of pedalling on the dirt roads circling the park are supplemented with single-track riding, rocks and roots trails to waterfalls, and some hard ascents, plus the spectacular descents to follow. All this amongst the open spaces of the Brazilian cerrado bushlands.

Mountain Biking & Cycling Tours of Brazil

Our Mountain Biking & Cycling 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 mountain biking, or we can mix up the cycling with hiking, kayaking, 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 the cycling necessities such as bike; helmet; support vehicle; first-aid kit; cycle repair kits; plus any necessary camping and cooking equipment.  For our Mountain Biking & Cycling Tours of Brazil, you only need to bring your best cycling gear, or even regular outdoor clothing, accessories and footwear. All rides are undertaken with an experienced, qualified local guide, with activity insurance included. 
This mountain bike circuit of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is aimed at the more serious rider. Long days of pedalling on the dirt roads circling the park are supplemented with single-track riding, rocks and roots trails to waterfalls, and some hard ascents, plus the spectacular descents to follow. All this amongst the open spaces of the Brazilian cerrado bushlands.


  • Destinations: Chapada dos Veadeiros
  • Duration: 7 Nights Recommended
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Activities: Mountain Biking & Cycling

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 the Mid-West
Cuiaba to Brasilia & Alto Paraiso
You arrive in Brasilia, the purpose-built capital of Brazil, after flying over the Mid-West high plains. From the air you can pick out the aeroplane shape of the city, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. You will be met at the airport for the 2.5 hour road journey north-east of the city to the edge of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Alto Paraiso will be the start and finish of your mountain bike circuit around the edge of the escarpment, and if you arrive in time then a short afternoon pedal will take you to Cachoeira Louquinhas, a beautiful falls of emerald green water just 4km out of town. Evening is free in a place renowned for UFO sightings and a special energy!
Day 2 : Pedalling Out in the Chapadas
Alto Paraiso to Cavalcante
Your MTB circuit of Chapada dos Veadeiros begins with a long day of 90km along the highway. Along the way come stops at two waterfalls, Cachoeira Cristal and Po├žo Encantado, with the chance to cool off in each. In between comes a visit to Engenho, part of the historic quilombo of Kalunga, a community for people escaping slavery in the mines of Goias state and only discovered in the 1970s. The Rio Capivara has the 30m Santa Barbara waterfall with emerald waters and natural pools, and also the Capivara Canyon. Lunch is in the community and you continue northwards and up into the park itself to Teresina do Goias, then west to Cavalcante, where you stop for the night.
Day 3 : Cycling Around the Chapadas
Cavalcante to Capela
After breakfast you head into the interior by bike, beginning a day with 70km of pedalling from Cavalcante to Vila de Capela. Goias State is the high plains, located in the middle of Brazil. The ecosystem of this type of tropical savannah is home to a vast variety of plants and animals, many of them endemic to the Brazilian bushlands known as the Cerrado. After leaving Cavalcante, a twisting descent of 800m passes various viewpoints in the Serra Santana along the northern margins of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Capela is a tiny traditional community with rural lifestyles and stunning stars in the clear night skies! With no accommodation options, tents provide your roof.
Day 4 : Capela to Colinas do Sul
Capela to Colinas do Sul
Continuing along the northern edge of the park you leave Capela in the morning heading for Colinas do Sul, around 57km of riding. A spectacular break from the pedalling is the swimming stop at the Ponte do Rio Preto village, whose river also gives its name to the two falls of 120m and 80m that drop from the escarpment to form a huge lake at the bottom. This lake will be a refreshing break to cool off from the hot cerrado sun and remove the dust from dirt road riding while admiring one of the postcard sights of Chapada dos Veadeiros, which can also be enjoyed from the viewpoint above. The final part of the ride is to Colinas, where you stop for the evening in the small town hotel.
Day 5 : Up the Escarpment
Colinas do Sul to Sao Jorge
The most difficult pedal of the park circuit involves a 35km ride from Colinas climbing back up the escarpment to Sao Jorge, which is one of the main entrances to the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. The route has chances to stop and swim in pools and falls such as Encontro das Aguas, Segredo and Razaima, and also in the hot springs, which is the perfect spot for a picnic too. The temperatures in the Brazilian bushlands may mean that the refreshing cold water is the best option during the day! Sao Jorge is your stop for the evening and in no time you can explore this village with its slightly hippie atmosphere before you arrive at your pousada.
Day 6 : Final Sights of Veadeiros
Sao Jorge to Alto Paraiso
The final pedal is along the most popular part of the park, from Sao Jorge to Alto Paraiso. This section takes in visits to the bizarre rock formations at the Vale da Lua; a single-track along the Morro da Baleia hill; and visits to the Sao Bento and Almecegas waterfalls. A little hiking will be necessary too during the day, with only around 40km of pedalling until you return to Alto Paraiso for the final night of your tour. For your cycling circuit of the park, you need to be of excellent physical fitness, and also to be able to handle the hot days of the cerrado, with plenty of water, good sunblock, insect repellent and supplies of snacks and energy gels too.
Day 7 : Away from Chapada dos Veadeiros
Alto Paraiso to Brasilia & Away
In the morning you leave Alto Paraiso and the chapadas to return to Brasilia. You may have time for a quick afternoon tour of the purpose built capital of Brazil, with the Metropolitan Cathedral and Santuario Dom Bosco both using arches and stained glass to impressive effect. This Mountain Bike Tour of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is a more extreme, adrenaline-inducing version of the park circuit, especially for those with good MTB experience. We can also offer a calmer circuit over a similar amount of time, and also slightly shorter versions of both. There are also excellent options at all levels of ability for staying in Alto Paraiso and taking day rides.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
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Domestic Flights ** N/A


Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Chapada dos Veadeiros

 

* 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.

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