Chapada Diamantina Trekking Tour

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09 Nights / 10 Days

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.

Day 01: 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 02: 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 03: 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 04: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 05: 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 06: Valley Vistas
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 07: The Hidden Waterfall of Burucao
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 08: Tres Barras Waterfall & 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 09: Blue Waters of Chapada Diamantina
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
After breakfast you begin the journey back to Salvador by road or the biweekly flight (Thu/Sun only). On arrival catch flight back to home.

City Night (s) Hotel
Salvador 02 Zank by Toque Hotel
Lençois 02 Hotel de Lencois
Caete-Açu 01 Pousada Villa Lagoa das Cores
Mucuge 02 Pousada Monte Azul
Igatu 01 Pousada Pedras Igatu
Lençois 01 Hotel de Lencois

– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 09 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Entrance fees activities as per mentioned in the program.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.

– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.

– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.

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