Chapada Diamantina Tours

 

The Chapada Diamantina (could be translated as the Diamond Highlands) is located in the center of Bahia state, at 420Km from  Salvador, in a 38.000Km2 area, larger than countries like Holland, Belgium or Israel. The region became famous during the 19th century for the Diamond exploration, that lasted until 1990, when the National Park was finally founded, considered today one of the most beautiful National Parks in Brazil.

The area offers an impressive variety of ecosytems, from rain forests to “cerrado” (a typical dry land from the northwestern part of Brazil), wildlife and flora. During their stay,  tourists get impressed by the uncountable valleys, canions, waterfalls, limestone caves, natural pools with blue-crystal water and even a small pantanal (swampland). Chapada’s landscape is a creation of the erosion process that the region suffered in the beginning of the pre-Cambrian period, forming towers of minerals known as ‘tepuy’, the name given by the local Indians that dominated the area.

A few picturesque towns grew in Chapada with influence of these minerals; the area was used as a refuge for precious stone hunters. Lençóis, 400km (250 mi.) from Salvador, is the main town surrounding the park and therefore is the main gateway. In the beginnings of 20th century, Brazil was the first world producer of diamond. But with the discovery of diamonds in South Africa, many towns declined and some turned into a ghost town like Igatu.  The local gastronomy is very rich and tasty, with excellent restaurant options where the visitors can try our local dishes, such as the country-style chicken, the sundried meat, the “godó” (salty dish made with raw green bananas) and the Palma (a local cactos), and of course, taste some of the best “Gourmet Coffes” of Brazil, from the highlands of Piatã.

  • With many ruins of old rock houses, Igatu is a beautiful resemblance of the diamond boom period turning it into an important national historical monument.
  • Towns like Mucugê and Lençóis have an excellent representation of colonial architecture and therefore are also a national historical monument.
  • The underground of Chapada is fascinating with many caves and underground rivers. When Pratinha River leaves the underground and comes to earth, the Pratinha Cave is scarped. With calcareous characteristics in the cave, the crystal clear water when reached by the sunrays gets a silvery tone, which names the river. 
  • The Pai Inácio Hill a great place where a dazzling sunset can be seen.
  • Equivalent to 112-story building, the Fumaça Waterfall looks like smoke when looking at a distance. This happens because the volume of water is not sufficient to overcome the drop of 380m (1,247ft) and constant wind catch the falling water drops and throw it back up in a curtain of mist.
  • The glowing blue beauty of Poço Encantado (Enchanted Well) water is so transparent that sometimes it’s hard to identify the roof of the cave reflected on the water from the bottom of the lake. Depending on the time of the year, a direct sunlight illuminates the lake through a natural hole in the cavern wall. The afternoon sun reaches down to the Blue Cave-a small pool hidden under a deep rock ledge, behind a curtain of aerial roots-giving it an electric-blue tone, resulting in stunningly beautiful view. No swimming is allowed to minimize the environmental impact.
  • The Ribeirão River flows in a deep sandstone valley and tumbles quickly through a narrow rocky canyon, forming spectacular waterfalls and cascades like the Sossego Falls, the last series of falls.
  • Nature has hollowed out some swimming holes, with crystal-clear water, in the smoothly polished rock surface of the Serrano River, just 15 minutes from the edge of town.
  • Primavera Waterfall is a riverbed with smooth and sculpted rocks by water and beautifully decorated. Many trails to caves, hills and waterfalls will be discovered with the best tour guides of the region.
  • A subterranean river forms a huge cave, Lapa Doce, with a tunnel system of 23km (14 mi.) extension and 15-20m (49-66ft) high roofs. Large fish and aquatic plants can be admired in a good-sized lake formed by an underground river. The minutes spent in this magical scenario that foster unique fauna in deep narrow valleys will be unforgettable.
  • Best time to go: Rainy period is December to March... But it is a good time to see the waterfalls. If you want to avoid the crowd of high season, best time is April to May and August to October.

5 Day Tours (including camping)

7 & 9 Day Adventure Tours 

 


 

BASIC: REGULAR PACKAGES - Regular Bus / Regular Tours
3 Nights 4 Days - Start any day

 

1st Day: At 06:15am pick up hotel/airport and transfer to Salvador Bus station. Departure in a regular Bus to Lençois (7hs approx). Arrival at 2:00pm. Welcome by local staff and transfer to your pousada. 

Depart at about 3pm for a  6km walking tour, starting from the Lençois city. Then, we walk to the high area of the city and start our way towards Serrano and Primavera. This is the local people’s hangout. It is an interesting place on the river where the floor is conglomerate rock which has been polished over millions of years. There are many natural pools to go swimming and get a hydromassage.

The water comes down its natural course and goes underneath the rocks and re-appears and goes underground and up again. After this we will go to the sandstone rooms. Long ago it was possible to see many different colors of sand but nowadays you will see white, purple and black. After we go through this labyrinth of sandstone we will head for the Little Waterfall that the people call Cachoeirinha. Here you can go in the water under the waterfall and get energized to go up the mountain to Primavera Waterfall. This waterfall is much stronger and the massage is great. After this we will go to the Lookout where you can get a view of the hills and the valleys and of course Lençóis. Then its back to the city.

chapada-diamantina2nd Day: We depart by car at 08:30a.m for a full day highlight tour. First, we proceed by car to visit the Lapa Doce Cave. We’ll cross the 1km cave appreciating the rock formation, stalactites, stalagmites, columns with its million years of formation process. Then, we get in the car to Pratinha farm. A lake of crystal-clear water with tiny sea shells at the entrance of the cave creates an increadibly surprisig oasis of beauty. A local guide can be hired to go snorkeling 120 meters (390 feet) into the cave with flippers and a flashlight. In the same area there is another cave called Blue Cave. It has this name because the sun rays enter at 2:00 o’clock pm and the light in the crystal water turns an unforgetable blue. Swimming is not permitted here. From here, we go to have lunch at Toca do Pato, (Mucugezinho River) a rustic lunch area where a local family will serve us a typical lunch. A resting time before we go on a rocky trail to Poço do Diabo (black pool + 20 meter waterfall). We will take a short walk of about ten minutes downstream to the Devil’s Pool. Here a swim is hard to resist. You can also go rappelling and ziplining if you like. To end our day, we go for a 20min hike up to the peak of Pai Inacio Hill, having a 360º splendid view of the Chapada Diamantina. Enjoy the sunset! Back to the pousada in Lençois. Night is free.

3rd Day: At 08:00am we depart for a full day Sossego waterfall, with Lunch Box - 02 hours (7km) moderate trek through the canyons of Sossego River, stops for swimming and relax. At the end of our trail is the fantastic Sossego Waterfall, where we will have the lunch box. On the way back, we have the chance to stop at Ribeirao do Meio River  for a little bit of fun at the natural tobogan. Night at leisure on your own. OV/BB

4th Day: At 7:00am transfer to Bus station and regular bus ticket to Salvador. Arrival in Salvaor by 2:00pm Approx. Welcome by our staff and transfer to hotel or airport.

Services regular packages 3 nights includes

Driver only transfer to Salvador bus station; transfer Lençois bus station to pousada; regular 1/2 day tour Primavera+Serrano river; Regular full day tour highlights Chapada(Lapa doce and Pratinha caves, Mucugezinho river and Devil's well, Pai Inacio hill; 1 lunch; full day trekking Sossego waterfall + 1 lunch box; tickets for regular bus Salvador/Lençois/Salvador; driver only transfer from bus station to Salvador hotel or airport; 3 nights local pousada + breakfast. Local bilingual guide during tours. Entrance fees.

 

2014 price per person in US$
High Season = Dec 15 2013 To Feb 28 2014 + July-Aug
4 days
2-3 people

 

4-6 people

 
double
triple
double
triple
single supp.
eco/comfortable
774
800
713
785
227
comfortable
750
675
675
620
198
budget
740
620
655
615
133
simple
675
560
590
555
167

  

2014 price per person in US$
Low Season = Mar-June + Sept-Dec 14 2014
4 days
2-3 people

 

4-6 people

 
double
triple
double
triple
single supp.
eco/comfortable
750
769
690
722
218
comfortable
730
659
625
602
204
budget
669
655
576
490
129
simple
649
532
563
525
118

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2 Nights 3 Days - start any day


chapada-diamantina-21st Day: At 06:15am pick up hotel/airport and transfer to Salvador Bus station. Departure in a regular Bus to Lençois (7hs approx). Arrival at 2:00pm. Welcome by local staff and transfer to your pousada. 

Depart at about 3pm for a
6km walking tour, starting from the Lençois city. Then, we walk to the high area of the city and start our way towards Serrano and Primavera. This is the local people’s hangout. It is an interesting place on the river where the floor is conglomerate rock which has been polished over millions of years. There are many natural pools to go swimming and get a hydromassage.

The water comes down its natural course and goes underneath the rocks and re-appears and goes underground and up again. After this we will go to the sandstone rooms. Long ago it was possible to see many different colors of sand but nowadays you will see white, purple and black. After we go through this labyrinth of sandstone we will head for the Little Waterfall that the people call Cachoeirinha. Here you can go in the water under the waterfall and get energized to go up the mountain to Primavera Waterfall. This waterfall is much stronger and the massage is great. After this we will go to the Lookout where you can get a view of the hills and the valleys and of course Lençóis. Then its back to the city.

 2nd Day:We depart by car at 08:30a.m for a full day highlight tour. First, we proceed by car to visit the Lapa Doce Cave. We’ll cross the 1km cave appreciating the rock formation, stalactites, stalagmites, columns with its million years of formation process. Then, we get in the car to Pratinha farm. A lake of crystal-clear water with tiny sea shells at the entrance of the cave creates an increadibly surprisig oasis of beauty. A local guide can be hired to go snorkeling 120 meters (390 feet) into the cave with flippers and a flashlight. In the same area there is another cave called Blue Cave. It has this name because the sun rays enter at 2:00 o’clock pm and the light in the crystal water turns an unforgetable blue. Swimming is not permitted here. From here, we go to have lunch at Toca do Pato, (Mucugezinho River) a rustic lunch area where a local family will serve us a typical lunch. A resting time before we go on a rocky trail to Poço do Diabo (black pool + 20 meter waterfall). We will take a short walk of about ten minutes downstream to the Devil’s Pool. Here a swim is hard to resist. You can also go rappelling and ziplining if you like. To end our day, we go for a 20min hike up to the peak of Pai Inacio Hill, having a 360º splendid view of the Chapada Diamantina. Enjoy the sunset! Back to the pousada in Lençois. Night is free.

OR... for trekkers…

2nd Day: At 08:00hs F/Day Sossego waterfall, with Lunch Box - 02 hours (7km) trek through the canyons of Sossego River, stops for bathing and relax. At the end of our trail is the fantastic Sossego Waterfall, where we will have the lunch box. On the way back stop at Ribeirao do Meio River for a little bit of fun, at the natural slide rock. Night at leisure. OV/BB

3rd Day: At 7:00am transfer to Bus station and regular bus ticket to Salvador. Arrival in Salvaor by 2:00pm Approx. Welcome by our staff and transfer to hotel or airport.

Services regular packages 2 nights includes:

Driver only transfer to Salvador bus station; transfer Lençois bus station to pousada; regular 1/2 day tour Primavera+Serrano river; Regular full day tour highlights Chapada(Lapa doce and Pratinha caves, Mucugezinho river and Devil's well, Pai Inacio hill; 1 lunch; ;tickets for regular bus Salvador/Lençois/Salvador; driver only transfer from bus station to Salvador hotel or airport; 2 nights local pousada + breakfast. Local bilingual guide during tours. Entrance fees.

2014 price per person in US$
High Season = Dec 15 2013 To Feb 28 2014 + July-Aug
3 days
2-3 people

 

4-6 people

 
double
triple
double
triple
single supp.
eco/comfortable
627
600
566
580
183
comfortable
535
523
481
478
136
budget
530
454
476
449
95
simple
470
406
416
402
49

 

2014 price per person in US$
Low Season = Mar-June + Sept -Dec 14 2014
3 days
2-3 people

 

4-6 people

 
double
triple
double
triple
single supp.
eco/comfortable
610
589
550
570
162
comfortable
530
470
475
469
136
budget
485
422
430
420
62
simple
460
407
402
392
49

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Pousadas:
Eco/comfortable (Canto das Aguas);
downtown location, Pool, Gardens and river view, Bar and Restaurant, massage room. Sustainable resources (solar power
separation of waste, certified wood from reforestation; reused wood). Garden view room with air conditioner, TV, phone, minibar,
bathroom safety box, wi-fi zone
Comfortable (Portal de Lençois);
location 10min walking distance downtown, Pool, Bar and Restaurant, sauna, fitness center, massage room, game room. Room
with air conditioner, TV, phone, minibar, bathroom, safety box. Sustainable resources (solar power, rainwater caption, motion sensor).
Budget (Vila Serrano);
Location 5min walking distance downtown. Social areas with TV room, reading room. Sustainable resources (solar power, certified
wood), internet access, and wi-fi zone. Rooms with ceiling fan, mini-bar, bathroom, balcony and hammock.
Simple (Lavramor or simmilar).
Location 5min walking distance downtown, social area for breakfast. Room with ceiling fan, bathroom, TV.

More Full Day Options from Lencois

(can add extra days or trade for other full day tour mentioned above - price will change

Fumaca Waterfall - It is unique and astonishing for its grandiosity and imposing scenery. With 380 meters(1,246.72 ft.) of free fall, it is the second highest waterfall of the world, behind only Salto Angel in Venezuela. During the season from May to September, the falling water levels are less abundant and the wind embraces the water drops and presents a smoky effect, which originated the name of "Fumaça".

fumaca waterfall

 

Leave early morning to Capão Valley by car on 75 km. At the beginning of the trail there is a stop at the ACVC (Capão Valley Guide Association) where you will learn about the work being done for the sustainability of the Capão Valley. Continue trekking during 6km and arrive at the Waterfall is uplifting to look around, breathe deeply and fall into the mystery of creation.

Enjoy the peaceful and quiet moment. The canyons through which the rivers cross by, is a natural refuge for the small palms of the dense Atlantic forest. On our way back, plus 6km trekking, we stop at Riachinho waterfall for a great natural pool; time for swimming before return to the Pousada

Marimbus Swamp -  The Marimbus are flooded swamps of water bodies and at times called the pantanal of the Chapada Diamantina. They are situated between the cities of Lençois and Andaraí, and are comprised of two rivers: the Santo Antonio River and the Utinga River that include many lakes interlinked between them. The region is a natural ecological nest for numerous species of flora and fauna.

marimbus swamp

Depart for a 40min car transfer to the Remanso village, which used to be a slave shelter. Get on a boat for 1:45 hours through the swamp vegetation, coming across various species of animals: fishes, snakes, and specially land birds and aquatic birds, some of them endemic to this particular region.

We reach the Roncador waterfall, and it’s time for bathing; lunch at the farm. We return by boat back to the Village; then, by car to Lençois.