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Salvador & Bahia Adventure Tour

10 Days / 9 Nights

This ten days in Bahia takes you to perhaps Brazil's most enchanting state, with endless white beaches, waving palms, tropical reefs and warm waters along the coastline. Salvador de Bahia, is also the capital of Afro-Brazilian culture such as samba and capoeira, while the mountains and caves around Lençois and Chapada Diamantina make it possibly Brazil's best inland national park.

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 to perhaps Brazil's most enchanting state, with endless white beaches, waving palms, tropical reefs and warm waters along the coastline. Salvador de Bahia, is also the capital of Afro-Brazilian culture such as samba and capoeira, while the mountains and caves around Lençois and Chapada Diamantina make it possibly Brazil's best inland national park.

  • Destinations: Salvador - Praia do Forte - Lençois & Chapada Diamantina
  • Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Activities: Hiking & Trekking - Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism - Beaches

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 : The Caves of Mountains of Chapada Diamantina
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
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 : Mosquito Falls Hike
Today's hike takes you out of Lençois to one of the least-visited waterfalls in the region, Cachoeira do Mosquito. The trail to the falls has only been opened in recent years, and so remains an experience that has been enjoyed by few people. After driving out of town, you reach the ranch at the start of the trail which takes you through the gorge to the bottom of the 60m high falls. After time for photos and a swim, you then hike upwards to the superior level, where natural pools provide another swimming opportunity as you relax and enjoy the views down into the valley. A trail lunch is provided while you enjoy the views before returning to the ranch and driving back to Lençois in the afternoon.
Day 7 : Paradise Beaches of Bahia
Following breakfast you begin the journey to Praia do Forte with the return to Salvador (by plane if possible). The Coconut Highway north of Salvador runs past rocky coastline and quaint fishing villages on the 50km journey to Praia do Forte. After arriving, the rest of the afternoon is free to explore. There are 13km of paradise beaches around Praia do Forte, which developed from the old fishing village into a modern beach village. The old fort ruins of Garcia D’Ávila Castle and the little lighthouse are also worth a browse. Dining amongst the palm trees under a twinkling sky or a tropical moon is a real pleasure in Praia do Forte.
Day 8 : Turtle & Whale Watching in Bahia
Another free day gives you the chance for turtle spotting, as hundreds of female turtles visit each year between May and September to lay their eggs in the sands of Praia do Forte. The turtles and their nesting sites are protected by TAMAR, the Brazilian Sea Turtle Project based near the lighthouse. A sighting of one of these beautiful creatures making her way up the beach to bury her eggs at night, or the hatching turtlets making their way to the ocean some two months later is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Brazil. There are also whale-watching trips between July and October to see the increasing numbers of humpback whales.
Day 9 : Palms & Reefs of Praia do Forte
With a free day in Praia do Forte you can relax on the paradise beaches of Bahia, some of the finest in Brazil. The reef just off of the beach acts as a natural breakwater making the turquoise sea calm and clear. The tidal pools that form amongst the coral reef warm up in the sun, making swimming and snorkelling amongst the colorful tropical fish an enjoyable experience for anybody. There are also boat rides on the Atlantic Ocean, deep-sea fishing trips, buggies to rent, or you can kayak in the lagoon, while the Sapiranga Nature Reserve is a protected area of Atlantic Rainforest, with trails, river and waterfalls to enjoy.
Day 10 : Bye-bye Bahia!
After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up for the 90 minute transfer back to the airport in Salvador for your flight away from Bahia, possibly connecting in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. As the sun sets on your time in Bahia, hopefully your journey through Salvador, Lençois and Praia do Forte will leave you with a taste of the exotic flavours of Bahia, and hopefully leave you with the desire to visit more of Brazil with Brazil Adventure Tours. Bahia on its own has over 1,000km of beautiful beaches!
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 875 US$ 1,375 US$ 1,650 US$ 2,050
Domestic Flights ** US$ 320

Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Praia do Forte
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