The best of Chapada Diamantina for everyone.
This tour offers only the best of Chapada Diamantina, as it takes you to the most widely acclaimed attractions of the National Park and its surroundings: waterfalls, caves, canyons, mountains, historical towns founded during the Diamond and Gold Rush, as well as outdoor activities for both beginners and the more advanced. With a wide variety of long and short trails, this tour caters for all kinds of visitors, well provided for by its highly developed tourist infrastructure. Renowned by the National Historic Patrimony, the towns of Lençóis, Mucugê, and the tiny Igatú showcase the traditional terraced houses of the 19th century. The cultural diversity of Lençóis makes it a charming town to visit, and the perfect starting point for your adventure into the national park of Chapada Diamantina!
1st Day: Travel from Salvador to Lençois, where we will spend the night in a hotel .
2nd Day: Serrano, Salão de Areias, Cachoeirinha, Cachoeira da Primavera, Poço Halley
We begin this light walk, which is approximately 4 km long, in the heart of Lençóis, and head to Serrano, the old diamond and gold fields, where a stretch of the Rio Lençóis reveals large conglomerates of coloured and polished stones, and where natural Jacuzzis are formed in the whirlpools of the potholes. The trail leads to the curious Salão de Areias, a small labyrinth where multi-coloured rock formations have decomposed to leave coloured sand, used in the local art of the area. Descending between the crags, just a few metres from the Serrano lies Cachoeirinha, a small waterfall of crystalline water which makes an excellent place for a swim. Following on from this, we arrive at the Cachoeira da Primavera. Part of the river Grizante, the water falls on an iron rock bed, tinting the water a deep maroon. The Poço Halley or Paraíso, considered one of the most beautiful and charming wells of the region, has natural rockpools and relaxing waterfalls, surrounded by the beautiful flora of the area.
3rd Day: Rio Mucugezinho, Poço e Cachoeira do Diabo, Caverna da Lapa Doce, Gruta da Pratinha, Morro do Pai Inácio
The day begins with a 20 km car ride from Lençóis to the river Mucugezinho, followed by a 20 minute walk to the banks of the river, whose riverbed of uneven stones form various slides, waterfalls and pools, the biggest of which is Devil´s Fall, 22 metres high and with a charming pool at the bottom for a swim. There is also the opportunity to have a go at rappelling and zip-lining. Back in the car, we continue to the Gruta da Lapa Doce, 70km outside Lençóis in the municipality of Iraquara, a limestone cave which extends back approximately 850 metres. You can see rock formations, such as columns, stalactites and stalagmites of unrivalled beauty, from the visitors´ area. From Lapa Doce, we will drive the 6 km on a dirt road to the Gruta da Pratinha, a cavern painstakingly excavated by the river Pratinha, whose water is astonishingly blue and which emanates a silver shine from the depths of the cave. Its walls are covered in small light shells and are rich in calcium and magnesium. There are approximately 10 species of fish visible to the naked eye. There are various activities on offer in A Gruta da Pratinha, such as diving among the rocks, zip-lining, swimming and kayaking. The Morro de Pai Inácio, considered the postcard shot of Chapada Diamantina, and located in the very centre of the park, provides a panoramic view of some of the most obscured elevations of the region, such as the sierras of Bacia, Mucugezinho, Sobradinho and the beautiful hills of Camelo and Morrão.
4th Day: Capão: Cachoeira da Fumaça, Cachoeira do Riachinho
We begin the Day with a 68 km drive to the village of Caeté-Acú, in the municipality of Palmeiras. There we will set out on a 6km hike, which is a little steep at the beginning, but which gets flatter and easier. It is a beautiful walk with lovely flowers and views of the valley, and ends at the top of the waterfall, 1490 metres above sea level, and from where we can see the mind-blowing rush of water, which falls 340 metres, creating beautiful rainbows and rising back up to the top as smoke. On the way back from this waterfall, we will stop for a refreshing swim at the Cachoeira do Riachinho, which is 20 metres high and falls into a great well. We will then return to Lençóis for the evening.
5th Day: Poço Encantado, Poço Azul
We will begin the day with a 34km drive from Igatu to the Poço Encantado (Enchanted Well), which is located in the Itaetê municipality. Entering into the cave is like travelling into the depths of the Earth. The well is located in a great hall 40 metres high, with waters between 30 and 61 metres deep and which are so clear you can see perfectly to the bottom. From April to September sunrays enter through a natural skylight and reflect off the water, creating an image of unrivalled natural beauty. From there, we will drive to the Poço Azul (the Blue Well), located in the municipality of Nova Redenção. The cave has rock formations of stalactites and stalagmites and, at the back, a beautiful well with crystalline waters. As at the Poço Encantado, during the period from April to September, the position of the sun in relation to the Earth results in the incidence of the sunrays on the surface of the water, turning its blue waters completely transparent. Unlike at the Poço Encantado, you can swim in the Poço Azul. Here you can also find complete skeletons of giant sloths, which date from 10 million years ago.
6th Day: Igatú – Cachoeira do Córrego do Meio, Poço do Brejo, Museu Arte e Memória, Ruínas da Cidade de Pedras, Cachoeira Córrego do Meio, Cascatas das Cadeirinhas, Poço da Madalena
Igatu… It seems that time stopped in this sleepy village, located in the municipality of Andaraí, during the Diamond Rush. Claimed a national heritage site by the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico and the Artistico Nacional, Igatú offers a landscape of unequalled beauty, with its deep valleys, extensive plains, and the vivid palette of greens, greys, browns and pinks of the arid sertão. Once in Igatú, we will walk through the traditional streets to the ruins of the village and to the Museum of Art and Memory, where exhibitions of previous eras highlight the contrast of the simplicity of the current way of life with the opulence of the Diamond Era. After this quick step back in time, we will relax in the refreshing waters of the Poço do Brejo, and then continue our journey with a light 15 minute walk to the waterfall of Córrego do Meio.
7th Day: Ibicoara: Cachoeira do Buracão | Mucugê: Cemitério Bizantino
Situated in the very south of the national park, in the municipality of Ibicoara, the waterfall of Buracão is one of the most beautiful of Chapada. This trip provides a stunning view of the waterfall from the top and, at the bottom, the perfect well for a rather more adventurous swim. The waterfall is 80 metres high and falls freely into a circular, windy canyon. The trip starts with a car drive to the municipality of Ibicoara, followed by a fairly easy 6km walk. The next destination is the municipality of Mucugê, where we can take a step back in time on a 40 minute walk around the beautiful colonial architecture of the town, the highlight being the Santa Izabel Cemetery, constructed in the Byzantine style, and claimed a national heritage site by the Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional.
8th Day: Return from Igatú to Aeroporto Internacional Luis Eduardo Magalhães, Salvador
Companies which organise this tour:
Chapada Adventure Daniel
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Destino Chapada Turismo
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Terra Chapada Expedições
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