Chapada Diamantina National Park Trek 6-days
On this 6-day expedition in Chapada Diamantina National Park Trek, we will discover the unmissable attractions among the collection of natural treasures that the 38,000 km² of this park offers us. An immersion in nature in one of the main adventure destinations in the country for those who want to experience some of the charms that each region of the Park preserves.
This route passes through different cities and districts of the Chapada Diamantina National Park and contemplates caves, canyons, waterfalls, rivers, and wells, in the midst of breathtaking landscapes. Specially organized for those who want to experience a complete experience with practicality, exclusivity, and the flexibility of having a professional guide and car available for all tours.
We will begin our adventure exploring the northern area of Chapada Diamantina on the first day, and then we will head to Guinea, for the beginning of our three days in Vale do Pati, considered one of the most beautiful treks in Brazil. We will continue by car to the south, until our stay in Mucugê and to the region of Ibicoara to, finally, return to the starting point, making stops to discover more attractions not to be missed on the way.
About Chapada Diamantina National Park
One of the most complete adventure destinations in the country, the second largest national park in Brazil is located in the heart of the State of Bahia, 450 km from Salvador. The scenery, formed by mountain ranges of sedimentary origin, was sculpted by winds and water over 1.7 billion years, resulting in fascinating and unique natural attractions in the region.
Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Chapada Diamantina National Park is a conglomerate of natural beauty, history, art, and life. In the 17th and 18th centuries, this region was the scene of the mining rush, and it was not by chance that it was named Diamantina, due to the number of diamonds found here, including the largest diamond in the world with 3,167 carats.
Rich in biodiversity and part of the Cerrado, Caatinga, and Atlantic Forest biomes, Chapada Diamantina National Park is a stronghold for rare animal species, such as the giant anteater, giant armadillo, porcupine, wild cats, capybaras, and countless types of birds and snakes.
Day by Day
Day 1 - Poço do Diabo / Gruta da Fumacinha / Morro do Pai Inácio
On the first day of our expedition, we will explore the northern part of Chapada Diamantina National Park on an easily accessible hike to a delicious bath in Poço do Diabo, a twenty-meter-high waterfall. The canyon-shaped river gives even more beauty to the landscape, along with the dark red color of the water. Then, we will head towards the Gruta da Fumaça in the city of Iraquara, one of the most complete in the region, to see the diversity of stalactite, stalagmite, and speleothem formations, in spectacular halls. To end the day, a light climb to Morro do Pai Inácio, one of the postcards of Chapada Diamantina, to watch the sunset and get a real dimension of the immensity that is this park. We will continue by car to spend the night in the city of Guiné, the entry point for the Vale do Pati trail.
Day 2 to 4 - Vale do Pati
One of the most popular trek in Chapada Diamantina National Park, Vale do Pati is an attraction in itself. This valley brings together a bit of everything that exists in the park, with beautiful waterfalls, caves, plains, and mountains that will enchant you and also challenge your physical limits. The steep ascents and descents are rewarded by the incredible views.
Day 1 - Cachoeirão Lookout
Duration: 8hrs | Distance: 16km
We will begin the Vale do Pati trek, with a steep climb of Aleixo for about 1 hour contemplating a beautiful view of the mountains. After a walk between plains, streams, and mountains on the plains of Gerais do Rio Preto we will reach the Cachoeirão, with a spectacular view of almost 260 meters with another beautiful view of the valley above. In times of rain, its walls impress with the formation of more than 20 waterfalls, making this place even more magical. We will continue our trek contemplating the sunset until we reach the homestay Igrejinha, where we will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by this Pati host family and have a deserved rest.
Day 2 - Morro do Castelo and Funis Waterfall
Duration: 7hrs | Distance: 6km
After a well-deserved night of rest, we will have breakfast and prepare for the challenge of the day: climb Morro do Castelo. Along a steep 2-hour trail, we will cross a beautiful forest until we reach a majestic cave. We will cross the cave from the inside with a flashlight until we reach the top of the castle overlooking the entire Pati Valley. After some time contemplating all the beauty and grandeur of the place, we descend back to the valley.
We will continue our walk down until we reach the Cachoeira dos Funis, over 30 meters high, and a natural pool perfect for cooling off and recharging. In addition to the main well, we will rest at Cachoeira do Lajedo, perfect for relaxing after a long walk. At the end of the day, we will contemplate the sunset heading to our homestay at Mr. Wilson's house, where we will sleep and enjoy a delicious homemade dinner on our last night at Vale do Pati. Mr. Wilson was one of the first two to receive tourists in 1997, becoming a reference in Vale do Pati for hospitality and delicious dinners. Today commanded by the sons Nara and Wilton.
Day 3 - Vale do Pati Lookout and Gerais do Rio Preto
Duration: 7hrs | Distance: 7km | Elevation Gain: 644m
Enjoy the last moments in this enchanted valley! After a hearty breakfast and saying goodbye to our host at the homestay, we start our day on a trail towards Vale do Pati lookout, a climb a 1 hour steep, one last chance to get the perfect postcard picture or just contemplate its panoramic landscape.
We will walk through the plains of Gerais do Rio Preto, a flat path with a beautiful view of the region's mountains. After a stop for a picnic and a bath, we will follow our trail and descend the Aleixos until reaching Guiné village around 16:00, where a car will be waiting to take us to Mucugê city.
Day 5 - Buracão Waterfall
This is a day to relax and get to know the Buração waterfall, one of the most impressive views in the entire Chapada Diamantina National Park. We will leave by car from Mucugê to the city of Ibicoara, already in the southern part of the park, on an easy trail of 3 km. To reach the imposing 85-meter waterfall, you have to cross a canyon along the wall or swim against the current. The view of the waterfall is impressive, it's impossible not to be moved by the force of nature! On the way back, we'll pass by Orquídeas Waterfall, a great place to sunbathe and have a picnic. We will return by car to the city of Mucugê, to take a tour of the center and stay overnight.
Day 6 - Poço Encatado / Poço Azul / City tour and dinner in Lençóis
On our last day of this expedition, we'll drive back to the northern part of Chapada Diamantina National Park to see two of the park's most famous attractions. At Poço Encantado, in Itaetê, visitors enter a cave to contemplate the water that forms a translucent well, which from April to September is illuminated by sunlight, creating a magnificent effect. We will head to the municipality of Nova Redenção to float with vests in Poço Azul, in intense blue waters 20 meters deep, surrounded by the rocks of the cave. Both attractions are easily accessible and will give you the feeling of being in a somewhat magical environment, so sublime. Our itinerary ends in Lençóis, a city listed by the National Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN), where we will take a walk through the center of stone streets and colorful houses, to learn a little about the history, culture and, of course, the cuisine - point city fort - at a dinner to celebrate the end of our expedition.
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What is included
- English-speaker guide
- Accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Vale do Pati
- Snacks every day (including picnic as lunch in Vale do Pati)
- Lunch on the 1st, 5th and 6th day
- Entrance Fees
- Dinner in Lençóis
What is not included
- Accommodation in Guiné / Mucugê / Lençóis
- Breakfast in Guiné / Mucugê / Lençóis
- Dinner in Guiné / Mucugê
- Flight tickets and bus tickets
What to bring
- Backpack of around 40L
- Trekking boots or appropriate shoes
- 1.5l water bottle or Camelbak
- Sweatshirt and pants for the night, as it can get cold at night in the Vale do Pati
- Bermuda / shorts
- T-shirts and 1 UV-protected t-shirt (optional)
- 1 pair of sandals/slippers
- At least 3 pairs of socks
- Hat / Cap for protection Sun
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My guide made this trip very special
The days hiking Vale do Pati with my guide were incredible. He was my guide, cook, photographer, botanist, and storyteller. He made sure to adapt the trip according to my physical abilities, showed me his favorite parts of the Valley, and overall made this trip very special.
I would definitely recommend this tour!
The Vale do Pati hike was amazing! It’s such a special landscape and the views are magical! Our guide was great, we laughed a lot together, he knows everything about the area, makes delightful lunches and guides you with pleasure, peace, and attunement! The house where we slept was good, with really very good food and a nice place to stay the nights, I would definitely recommend this tour! Thanks a lot to our guide :)) and Planeto Exo!
A super good guide and on top an absolute gem of a person
Thanks for putting together a great individual tour for us with a fantastic guide. He is a super good guide and on top an absolute gem of a person! We had a fantastic time with his guidance. He really loves nature and his job and it shows!
It was a highlight of our Brazilian travels
What an amazing experience in the Chapada Diamantina! Our 4-day trek was a highlight of our Brazilian travels: the landscapes, the remoteness, the food, the cool paths, the nature. Lucas designed an itinerary based on our requirements and our guide did an amazing job showing us around and telling us about nature/flowers/animals. Everything was smooth and well organized. We wish we could have stayed longer!
The experience was 10/10 from beginning to end
Me and my girlfriend did the 4-day hike through Vale do Pati with PlanetaEXO and the most amazing guide. An absolutely amazing experience and easily one of our favorite hikes in the world, and one that we would recommend to everyone coming to Brazil. Don’t go to Chapada Diamantina without trekking through Vale do Pati with our guide. He is super friendly and knowledgeable about the park – and extremely patient while we took a million photos at the amazing viewpoints and waterfalls. He even adjusted the tour to our physical condition and needs. Sometimes we would stay hours at the same viewpoint exploring and climbing around, while many other groups would leave after just 15 minutes. He timed everything so we would be all alone at most viewpoints, which was amazing. And did we mention the incredible picnic lunch he made every day? The homestays were simple and lovely, with amazing home-cooked buffet food every evening and morning. We miss passion fruit juice already. As for PlanetaEXO, the experience was 10/10 from beginning to end through swift communication on WhatsApp. We were provided with all the relevant information exactly when we needed it, and questions were answered within minutes. Thank you!
PlanetaEXO's pre-trip organization and assistance were excellent
The three days in Vale do Pati was amazing. Fantastic guide, cozy accommodations with fellow travelers, and a lot of amazing hikes, viewpoints, waterfalls, caves, etc. The organization and help from PlanetaEXO before the trip were really great, so we felt completely ready for the trip when we started it.
A special and memorable experience
I had such a wonderful time- thank you to our guide and the team for a special and memorable experience. Excellent communication and attention to detail made every stage of the trek so good. The natural beauty of the national park was a tonic for the senses.
I highly recommend Planeta EXO
The trip was very well organized by Planeta EXO, Lucas was attentive to details, and always concerned about making sure everything was going well (and it did!). Everything included in the package was great and all the tips we received from Lucas for the rest of our trip were excellent. We also couldn’t have asked for a better guide. He gave us all the confidence we needed, was very cautious, has a very special relationship with the area, knows everything, has a great attitude, is a good person, and is professional. The guide certainly made us connect even more especially with the Vale do Pati. In addition, we were very well received at the support house, the food was amazing, with delicious dinners and breakfasts. Speaking of food, I cannot fail to mention the unforgettable and appetizing lunches prepared with care by our guide on the trails. I come back home with the certainty that I will go to Chapada Diamantina many more times, and certainly also to Pati. Nature is stunning, invigorating, and inexplicable. I highly recommend Planeta EXO. Thank you very much to everyone who provided us with such special days!
Much more was delivered than promised
The company was excellent from the first contact with the team until the end of the tour with the guides. The guides not only showed full mastery of knowledge of the region and trekking but also proved to be excellent people who welcomed us and taught us in the best possible way, mixing the theoretical knowledge of the Pati Valley with the wisdom of only those who live in the area could transmit. Much more was delivered than promised. I will definitely recommend Planeta EXO and the guides to my family and friends!
The guides are a massive asset to Planeta EXO
We had an unforgettable 5-day trek across the amazing scenery of the Vale do Pati. Our guides had an almost unbelievable depth of knowledge about the entire park and obviously cared very deeply about the preservation and protection of the landscape. They both were incredible navigators and guides. The houses and food provided authentic and delicious stays, which really helped us appreciate the culture of living in the valley. The guides’ efforts in speaking to us in English meant so much, and actually, by day 3 we were able to have full conversations. I think they will only get better at English the more he is exposed to trekkers from outside of Brazil, but they are already a massive asset to PlanetExo!
Both my wife and I had a fabulous time trekking in the vale de Pati… we thought that Planeta EXO were professional and everything worked like clockwork. The accommodation and food were superb, our guide was knowledgeable and considerate and nothing was too much trouble. In addition, the service provided Pre and post the trek was excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending Planeta Exo to anybody who is looking for a company that not only gives back but also provides a first-class service.
The best experience of my life
It was the best experience of my life. I went with the expectation of trekking in Chapada, but it was far beyond what I could have imagined. And I can say that I was guided by the best professional I’ve ever met! Congratulations Planeta Exo, you were sensational from beginning to end.
Immersion in nature
Amazing 5 days… this immersion in nature, the good vibe of the team, the amazing people who welcomed us… as well as the waterfall, and the view,… it was really a second but even stronger experience!!! Thank you so much to our guide, for the relaxed attitude, his sharings, his smile, and his flexibility!!! (What a great change for Cachoeirão por baixo). Thank you to the whole group for the conversation, the silence was so present and divine! the hiking and sharing… Thank you so much! Great guide! A truly good person.
Incredible experience that I intend to relive
When PlanetaEXO was recommended to me, I didn’t think I would identify so much with its proposal. It is a serious company that strictly complies with what it offers. The guide was wonderful, with a lot of experience, commitment, and good energy. It was an incredible experience that I intend to relive.