Salvador de Bahia – Chapada Diamantina – remote mountains and savannah – walk – swim – hidden waterfalls – natural pools – Afro-Brazilian culture – local home stays
Experience the real Brazil on foot, as you hike through hand-picked highlights of the beautiful eastern part of the country.
Enjoy peaceful, un-crowded walking in stunning scenery, through the National Park of Chapada Diamantina. Cool off in hidden waterfalls and pools, which you’ll have all to yourself. Traverse the remote Pati Valley, staying in local homes along the way. Savour the vibrant music, culture and food of Salvador.
|Day 1:||Fly to Salvador. You are met on arrival and taken to your charming hotel in the old colonial area near Pelourinho.|
|Day 2:||Travel to Chapada Diamantina. It may be possible to fly to Lencois, the gateway to the Chapada, otherwise it’s a six hour drive. After settling into your riverside hotel, your guide will take you to a nearby table top mountain by car for a short walk to the summit to enjoy the sunset. (B)|
|Day 3:||Into the National Park. Set off walking across the north of the park today to Capao. You walk with just a daypack, and mules portage other luggage (some can also be left in Lencois). Walk along a valley past one of the highest mountains in the park, which you can choose an optional ascent. Walk 13km, around 5 hours. (B)|
|Day 4:||Walk into the Pati Valley. A long hike today of around 22km, but one which many consider the most beautiful in Brazil. From crossing grassland, you follow the course of a river (on the red-sand riverbed on the dry season until you arrive amongst the high peaks of the Cachoeirao Valley and your first home stay. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5:||Waterfall walk. Circular 16km walk with your guide to the Cahoeirao waterfall. The second highest in the park, this can be spectacular, depending on the water level. Even in the dry season, it’s an impressive view from atop its 280m heights. (B,L,D)|
|Day 6:||Castle Hill walk. A much more relaxed day today, as you explore the area around your home stay before moving on. Visit two hidden and little-known waterfalls before an ascent of ‘Castle Hill.’ Watch the sunset before descending to your next home stay. (B,L,D)|
|Day 7:||Walk and pool swim. Another slow-paced day, starting with a 4km walk through pretty trees to a deep pool. Plenty of time here for a swim, lunch and some sunbathing, before continuing along the river valley to your next stop. 12km total over the day. (B,L,D)|
|Day 8:||Visit the Blue Pool. Early start to ascend 440m out of the valley before the heat sets in. From the pass, 10km mostly downhill brings you to Andarai, a diamond mining town an hour’s drive from the Blue Pool. Visit this underground cave pool which catches the light in such a way that the water is luminescent, a truly beautiful sight. Time for a gentle swim in the clear waters before returning to Lencois. (B,L)|
|Day 9:||Return to Salvador. Take the comfortable bus back to Salvador, arriving in the early afternoon. Transfer back to your comfortable hotel for the rest of the day to relax. (B)|
|Day 10:||Explore Salvador. A full day with your guide to catch the sights and sounds of Salvador. Arguably Brazil’s most vibrant city, the unique combination of African and Latin cultures has produced a fascinating blend, which is dominated by pulsing music everywhere you go. (B)|
|Day 11:||Depart Salvador. Transfer to the airport for your flight home; alternatively, extend your trip with time elsewhere in Brazil. (B)|
International and connecting domestic flights are not include
Visas or vaccinations
Single accommodation (available on request)
This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.