A life-changing experience. The Tour to Jalapão Park Route is an opportunity developed for people who are not only content to know paradise places but instead need to experience the destinations where they pass. Living Jalapão is a choice for those who want to get out of the conventional and immerse themselves in the Jalapoeira culture. An experience that will take you to explore the region walking, paddling, and meeting people who have the essence of Jalapão at heart.
An inhospitable place where we are disconnected and isolated to realize the importance of simplicity with every step taken, despite the effort that this itinerary requires of us, we are always rewarded for every drop of sweat spilled. The Back to the Park is that. More than just a trip, it is an experience that transcends us and reveals the treasures hidden in the paths, rivers, and lowlands scattered around the corners of our great wilderness. We invite you to surrender to our Cerrado.
Day by Day
Day 1 - Arrival at Palmas City
Fly into Palmas, the closest airport to Jalapão State Park, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Check-in and explore this newly built city, only founded in 1990.
Day 2 - Swimming and Sunset Views
Palmas to Jalapão Ecolodge
Meet your guide in the morning at your hotel and set off by 4x4 towards Jalapão, stopping off at Morro Vermelho, a red sandstone hill with unique rock formations. Arrive at Jalapão Ecolodge, in time for lunch and a refreshing swim in the Soninho River. After plenty of time to relax, hike up the Morro da Catedral for sunset views over the surrounding park. Return to the ecolodge for dinner and a good night's sleep.
Total driving time - 5 hours Total distance walked – 4,5km
Day 3 - Hike, waterfalls, and rafting
Jalapão Ecolodge / São Félix
Rise early with the sun for a hike on the Garcês trail, originally used by local indigenous people to reach their fields. Arrive at Cachoeira da Velha, the largest waterfall in the park, 100 meters wide and 15 meters high, for a refreshing dip and time to relax. Eat a picnic lunch on one of the golden sandy beaches that line the River Novo and get ready for the adrenaline hit of an afternoon rafting on Class IV rapids.
Day 4 - Float in Natural Springs, Visit Local Villages and Sand Dunes
São Felix / Mateiros
After breakfast, drive to Fervedouro Bela Vista, one of the most unusual destinations in the park, a series of crystal clear springs that constantly bubble giving you the sensation of floating effortlessly. Continue on to the Formiga Waterfall, where emerald green waters tumble over smooth rocks, forming a perfect natural swimming pool shaded by forest. Stop for a home-cooked lunch at another turquoise spring and enjoy the nearby golden beaches on the River Formiga.
After plenty of time to eat and rest, take a short hike across the cerrado, or Brazilian savannah, and see where the different colored waters of two rivers, the Formiga and the Soninho, meet. Travel on to Mumbuca village, a small community descended from escaped slaves known for its handicrafts woven from golden grass that only grows in this region – a technique passed down through generations. Afterward, we will go to the dunes of Jalapão, an environment with golden sand surrounded by mountains and Veredas (wet fields). We back to Mateiros city to have our dinner and sleep.
Total distance walked – 4km
Day 5 - Sunrise, Visit Local Villages and Sandstone piece
Mateiros / Ponte Alta
Wake up early for a morning hike to see the sunrise from the top of Espírito Santo Hill, 500 meters high, with views over the surrounding landscape. Travel on to Suçuapara Canyon, carved by water flowing through the sandstone walls for hundreds of years. Stop for lunch and a break from the afternoon sun, before driving on to Pedra Furada hill to climb this huge piece of sandstone carved by wind and rain in time for sunset. Stop for dinner and sleep at Ponte Alta.
Day 6 - Waterfalls and adventure activities
Ponte Alta / Lagoa da Confusão
Let's start our trip with a relaxing day and full of wonders in the District of Palmas, Taquaruçu, a cozy and bucolic place, with hospitable people and several waterfalls with crystal clear waters, the place where remains the springs that supply water to the capital of the state. We will visit the Escorrega Macaco Waterfall (50m high) and the Roncadeira Waterfall (70m). After lunch we go to Lagoa da Confusão city, to see the sunset. The next morning we go find the biggest Fluvial Island in the world, Bananal Island.
What is included
- English speaking guide
- Transportation in a 4X4 vehicle with fuel
- Accredited English speaking guide in the Ministry of Tourism
- Lodging in Jalapão in a double room with breakfast
- Meals during the expedition 9 meals - lunches and dinners, except drinks)
- Track snack (cereal bars, biscuits, a mix of nuts and/or dried fruits or similar)
- Rafting, tracks, and tax of attraction visitation
- Travel insurance
What is not included
- Any items not mentioned above, including a meal in Palmas, and optional tours
What to bring
- Headlight (preferably for hands-free)
- Diving goggles (snorkel or swimming goggles)
- Long-sleeve T-shirt with UV protection
- Recommended use for trekking pants
- Comfortable trekking or tennis boot for the trek
- Mandatory water shoes or hiking sandals (CROCS sandal) for rafting
- Sunscreen / Repellent
- Personal hygiene products
- Light jacket for the cooler nights from May to September (minimum 16 ° C)
- High temperatures from June to October (so we don't walk in the sunny weather from 10h30min to 14h)
- Rain cover between October and April (heaviest rainfall between December and March)
- Hat or cap
- Photo camera (lenses, memory card, battery)
- Medicines for personal use and if used please describe
- Light clothes
- Bathing suit (swimming)
- High absorption sports towel (for walks and trails)
- Hydration Backpack or Squeeze
- Attack Backpack (Small backpack up to 20 liters to carry along the trail)
- Cash for extra purchases (such as alcohol, crafts, and tips),
- Suggested luggage weighing up to 12kg per person or 60-liter backpack. Less is more!
- The itinerary can change due to climate conditions or any factor that the company judges dangerous to the integrity of the group
- Inform the guide in case of dependence on medicines or health conditions
- Prices are subject to change at any moment. You must send an inquiry to receive an official offer. Confirmed reservations are not subject to price changes.
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4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 29 reviews)
The experience was simply wonderful! From the beginning of the contact, they gave us the maximum attention, we had 2 calls to clarify doubts, details of the itinerary, and much more. The way they organize the script is unique. I had exclusive experiences, wonderful climbs, and views, I wasn’t in a hurry, and I spent an hour enjoying each boiler, it was all wonderful. The interaction with the local people is another unique point of the visit! We learned a lot from them. The food and the lodges are incredible. And of course, the guide was just sensational! I recommend 1000%
Punctuality, kindness, cordiality, everything perfect
I loved traveling with the company, punctuality, kindness, cordiality, everything perfect. At the last minute, I needed to take my 82-year-old mother and a specific schedule was made for her in a car so that I could take all the trips in another car with my husband. The team was very creative and my mother came back happy. My husband and I did the tours with a guide that we love. I strongly recommend
A professional company committed to responsible tourism. Great experience and highly recommendable. A highlight for the guides who are great.
The experience in Jalapão was sensational and culturally enriching! We were able to have experiences close to Jalapão reality with the help of our guide, who took us to a cultural immersion and native cuisine. Our guide not only shared his knowledge about this wonderful place but also adapted our itinerary according to the weather and our needs!
The travel was wonderful! A lot of organization, punctuality, and care with the characteristics and needs of each one of the group. The guide made the trip different, because, in addition to special moments in Jalapão and its unique beauty, he presented us with native culture, whether from the life of the regional people or with important knowledge about the cerrado, its fauna, and flora. I had fun and learned a lot. Unmissable! The company killed it!
We came back without wanting to
All the tours were great, it’s hard to say which one was better, but the experience was increasing as the days went by, very satisfied with the schedule, accommodation, transport which was very good, and especially with our Guide, a very lively guy , took care of us, very attentive, patient, a professional, we came back without wanting to.
Without a doubt, my best trip of its kind
Without a doubt, my best trip of its kind. The landscapes, the script, the organization. Even the rain couldn’t stop it. A strong point of the trip: the concept of sustainable tourism with the integration of the local community into the tourist itinerary. The guides’ concern is to keep the place preserved. Respect for the residents of the region. Weak point: experiencing firsthand the unwillingness of politicians to give the bare minimum in terms of health and infrastructure for the region’s population. Getting sick or having an accident in Jalapão can cost you your life or a limb. About the organization, I only have praise. All partners were great with us. Our guide, a special being, is always very concerned. He rushed to help us, knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the place and gave us lessons. We will certainly return, perhaps on another version of the tour, with even more adventures and in a less rainy season, although it did not disturb us at all, on the contrary, fewer people, and more tranquility.
Surpassed the expectation
A trip that surpassed the expectation. The trails and visits to quilombola communities were highlights of the trip. Highlight for the duo who guided us with excellence.
Getting to know Jalapão with you made all the difference and the guide that accompanied us made the experience indescribable. Patient, welcoming, careful and knowledgeable about the wonders of Jalapão.
The itinerary was perfect during these days and the accommodations exceeded my expectations…
The trip was incredible. Really well organized, and customized to our needs and itinerary. We had an amazing time, learned so much about Jalapão, and had a lot of fun. Our guide was so knowledgable and had always time on eye so we were not late and could really enjoy the four days.
Everything was sensational
I loved getting to know the communities, the local culture, the simple and very homemade cuisine, the Fervedouros, the welcoming people, and the best guides in Jalapão!!!
Everything was sensational, from the arrival in Palmas to our stay in Tocantins. It was worth it all!!! Super recommend!!!
The Fervedouros are magnificent
The trip was just wonderful. The guide accompanied us on all tours, with clear explanations, awakening our ecological awareness. An excellent professional, he turned the long journey into a joyful expedition with a lot of lightness. The experience at the Fervedouros was magnificent, only those who went to check it out will forever keep the feeling of floating, the effervescence of the water, and the unique beauty of each of them. The suggested tours were simply wonderful, both tours and meals were all booked. It was very peaceful, we didn’t waste time waiting and we were able to make the most of our time on each tour.
I felt safe, comfortable and delighted
My experience was amazing! The organization made all the difference and broke paradigms about the adventure in Jalapão! The structure of the inns, transportation, restaurants, and attractions on the itinerary exceeded my expectations. I felt safe, comfortable, and delighted with the beauty and welcoming simplicity! I highly recommend it, as the guides made all the difference to our trip through their affection, knowledge, and simplicity. They were our drivers, photographers, and friends!
A lot of movement and unique landscapes
We bought the Jalapão – Travessias Jalapoeiras package, and I highly recommend it to anyone who can’t stand sightseeing sitting for hours in a vehicle. This package is intended for those who are in good physical condition and heat resistant. we had walks, rafting, diving etc, with a lot of movement and unique landscapes. The hiking days had an average of 13km/day and were done under a lot of sun (so, for those who don’t have good resistance to heat, I don’t recommend it), but for those who managed to do it, it was a spectacle, with very beautiful views and little explored in the most tourist circuits. Special mention should be made of the ascent to the Serra do Espirito Santo and subsequent descent into the dunes of Jalapão. Very beautiful view and unusual scenery. Special thanks to our guide who made the trip special at all times.
An amazing experience crossing the Jalapão! Expert guiding by a team of local guides, amazing views, and a challenging immersion in one of the most beautiful attractions in Brazil. Away from the tourist crowds, crystal clear rivers, and waterfalls, exclusively for us. Breathtaking sunsets and sunrises, lively contact with the local people, couldn’t enjoy it more.
Here we found a totally different route, covering trails, experiences in Quilombola communities… that body and soul immersion that I was looking for to be able to disconnect completely from the city and connect with Nature. Our guide was top-notch! Super careful and friendly, cautious at the wheel and gave us a lot of security and knowledge throughout the trip. We liked the itinerary, the guide, and their proposal so much that we decided to extend our stay and do the Serras Gerais itinerary as well. Grateful to have been able to have these two experiences, both immersive and unique itineraries! What a wonderful experience!! Many thanks to the team who were very attentive to us from the beginning.
The experience was excellent
The experience was excellent!!! We had a unique experience in Jalapão where we really managed to have very close contact with nature and with the local communities. We were able to visit the main attractions (Fervedouros, waterfalls, lagoons…) as well as others that were really outstanding (Sunset at Morro da Catedral, Rafting on the Soninho River, Sunrise at the Mirante da Serra do Espírito Santo, Canyon Encantado, trail in the cerrado and visit to local communities). I recommend everyone to take this trip.
Company that cares about the local community
Positive points: excellent logistics, professionalism even before starting the tour, comfortable and adequate car for the tours, guides, in general, attentive, organized. It is a . Points for improvement: the only inn that left something to be desired was the first one in São Félix, on the day of the ascent to Morro da Catedral, its employees were not very receptive and the dinner was not good.
The hiking guides are incredible, they understand the local flora, but we missed more information about the place, the history, and the animals, they didn’t have much knowledge about birds.
You know when you read that something is indescribable and you think it was laziness or incompetence on the part of the person reporting it? Forget… Jalapão is indescribable! Too beautiful, too surprising, unusual to no longer be able to. Knowledge, professionalism, care, zeal, and attention.
An immersion in nature and local culture
The itinerary is sensational, an immersion in nature and local culture. Itinerary that balances walking in beautiful places and moments to rest in rivers and wonderful Fervedouros. Professional guide, note 1000. God willing, I will come back to know more about this paradise in our Brazil.