Trek the Chapada Diamantina National Park

Trek the Famous Pati valley and escape the crowds to experience the remoteness of Diamantina. 3 days.

  • Brazil
  • March, August—December
  • Deputado Luiz Eduardo Magalhães International Airport, Salvador (SSA)

On this 3-day hike you’ll discover all Pati Valley and the Chapada Diamantina National Park has to offer; Savannah, rainforest, giant waterfalls, high peaks and the caves of Castle Mountain.

In the evenings, you’ll be welcomed by families who live in the valley, to stay and share their home, food and culture.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days hiking
  • Spectacular views from the Castle mountain, Cachoeirao canyon (270m) and Funis Waterfall (40m)
  • 2 nights accommodation in a native family home
  • Local, certified guide
  • All meals during the trip (excluding breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day)
  • Local transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Fit, active people curious to explore the wilderness and waterfalls of the remote Diamantina National Park.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Salvador airport
  • Airport transfers
  • Night bus journey
  • Any accommodation before or after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You need to be of moderate fitness for this trip and be prepared for some challenging climbs and descents.

Bahia is warm all year round with temperatures above 20°C most of the time. In winter (Jun-Aug), temperatures at night can fall to 13 degrees. Some parts of the hike will have no shade so be prepared for lots of exposure to the sun. Under extreme weather conditions and heavy rainfall, Castle Mountain is not achievable due to water-logged paths.

Dinner and breakfast will be cooked for you be the family you stay with; expect bread, cake, cuscus and tapioca with tea and coffee for breakfast. A typical dinner will be meat, rice, beans, vegetables, pasta and salad. There will be plenty of options for you to choose from.

You will be provided with a packed lunch of sandwiches on hike days and your guide will carry snacks of cereal bars, fruit and cookies.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • Your guide will carry a first aid kit
  • Water bottle (min. 1 liter)
  • Waterproof walking boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain jacket
  • Small backpack (30 liters)
  • Sweater / warm layers for the evenings
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight / headlamp
  • Swimwear
  • Flip flops
  • Spare socks
  • Waterproof bag

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Salvador Airport (SSA) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times. Your host recommends you fly with TAP via Lisbon to Salvador; spend the day in Salvador before catching the night bus to Lençóis (6-hour journey).

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Of course you can! If you wish to unwind after the trip on one of Bahia’s many stunning beaches, we can arrange a private transfer to Praia do Forte (5 hours), Morro de São Paulo (5 hours), Itacaré (7 hours) and others. Check Optional Extras for prices.

Location

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Chapada Diamantina (literally “Diamond Plateau”) National Park sits deep inland, surrounded by table mountains, semi-desert, canyons, gorges, and some of the most beautiful caves in the world.

In the heart of the park, lies Pati Valley, a remote wilderness of rivers, waterfalls and hidden diamond history. Totally isolated from the modern world, locals travel to and from town by donkey. It takes about 5 hours on foot to reach the first neighbouring village.

Lençóis is a small, former diamond-mining town in Bahia. The cobbled streets are lined with 19th-century buildings and hold some nice examples of colonial architecture. There’re plenty of accommodation options in Lencois, from high-end hotels to backpacker hostels.

Start point? Your guide will meet you at 08:00 in Lençóis, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point? Your tour will end in Lençóis, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia between 19:00 and 20:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?

From Europe:
You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as you are in Lençois at 6:30am on day 1. From London, your host recommends you fly with TAP via Lisbon or with AirEuropa via Madrid to Salvador (SSA). Spend the day in Salvador before catching the night bus or private transfer to Lençóis (5 to 6-hour journey).

From Brazil:
If Already in Brazil, Salvador (SSA) is connected with frequent flights from most Brazilian cities; Rio de Janeiro (2:00hours), São Paulo (2:00hrs), Recife (1:20hrs). Spend the day in Salvador before catching the night bus or private transfer to Lençóis (5 to 6-hour journey).

Optional Beach Time:
If you wish to unwind after the trip on one of Bahia’s many stunning beaches, we can arrange a private transfer to Praia do Forte (5 hours), Morro de São Paulo (5 hours), Itacaré (7 hours) and others. Check Optional Extras for prices.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Mirante do Pati

Your guide will meet you in Lençóis this morning before you set off at 08:00 for the 2 hours drive to the starting point of the path to Pati Valley.

After a 40-minute steep hike to 1300m, you will reach a wide plateau; if the weather has been wet, prepare to kick off your shoes for a small river crossing. Another 90 minutes of hiking and you’ll reach a magnificent viewpoint out over Pati Valley.

After lunch, you’ll continue your hike, stopping for a dip in one of Pati Valley’s many waterfalls. By late afternoon, you’ll reach the home of local residents who will host your stay for the night.

5-6 hours hiking, 15km 2 hours driving

Day 2: Castle Mountain

After breakfast, you’ll start today’s hike to Castle Mountain. You’ll tackle a rocky climb through the forest before you reach the stunning views from the top.

The descent is even more difficult than the climb but the trees will aid you along the way. As the trail eases, you’ll be able to relax and take a swim in one of the forest streams.

Tonight, is your last night in the valley; enjoy dinner with the family you are staying with and learn more about their home and culture.

5-6 hours of hiking, 7km

Day 3: Cachoeirão Valley and waterfall

Make the most of your last day with an early start on a 250m climb and the rest of the day will be a mostly flat and downhill trail.

Around midday, you’ll arrive on the great canyon of the Cachoeirão Valley with the stunning Cachoeirão Waterfall ahead. Approach the lip of the waterfall for spectacular views of the valley and the sheer 300m drop to the bottom.

Heading back, you’ll be transferred to Lençóis, arriving at around 19:00.

6-7 hours hiking, 21km 1.5-2.0 hours driving

Optional Beach Time:
If you wish to unwind after the trip on one of Bahia’s many stunning beaches, we can arrange a private transfer to Praia do Forte (5 hours), Morro de São Paulo (5 hours), Itacaré (7 hours) and others. Check Optional Extras for prices.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You will stay with a native family in their home. The houses are basic but clean and you will be provided with towels, bed sheets, and pillows. The family will cook your evening meals and breakfasts and you will have the chance to interact with them and learn a little bit more about the local culture.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Large group? Make a private booking
Special requirements? Get a quote for a custom trip

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Accomodation in Lençois Payable In Resort
Triple Room in Pousada £45.00 Per Night
Double Room in Pousada £36.00 Per Night
Single Room in Pousada £30.00 Per Night
Transfer to/from Lençois Payable In Resort
Bus to/from Salvador £20.00 Per Person
Transfer to/from Morro de São Paulo/Boipeba (based on 4 people sharing) £59.00 Per Person
Transfer to/from Itacaré (based on 4 people sharing) £80.00 Per Person
Transfer to/from Praia do Forte (based on 4 people sharing) £70.00 Per Person
Transfer to/from Salvador City Centre (based on 4 people sharing) £65.00 Per Person
Transfer to/from Salvador Airport (based on 4 people sharing) £63.00 Per Person

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