Brazil

Level

Moderate

Duration

11 days

Time to travel

All around the year

Route

Arrival  Salvador, Lencois; Capao Valley, Guine, Igatu; Ibicoara ; Buracao waterfalls;Igatu; -Poco Encantado- Poco Azul- Lencois, Salvador,Manaus;Anavilhanas; Departure Manaus

Located in the heart of Bahia, Chapada Diamantina has flat topper mountains, canyons, valleys, trails, caves and the most impressive brazilian waterfalls. Chapada is like an oasis in the wilderness. Pati Valley trekking is almost 900m deep and was once a coffee plantation and now is home for around 30 families that open their house for trek lovers. This program is a great option to explore the National Park, from the North to the South of Chapada Diamantina. You will sleep in different and small villages and have contact with local people. Some highlights are included as Pai Inácio Hill and Buracão Waterfall.

The mythical Amazon can only be described in superlatives. It covers an area of more than 5 millions square kilometers covering nine countries (Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Guiana and French Guiana) and 80% of it is located in Brazilian territory. The volume of water of its rivers (20% of all fresh water in the world) and the great variety of flora and fauna are probably the most impressive experience the visitors have in this region.

Facts

Activity:

Trekking, caving, snorkeling, Amazon lodge experience

Our operation:

All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Our staff is highly experienced and has excellent knowledge, committed to provide exceptional service at all times.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival SALVADOR

Arrive in Salvador. Meet the guide at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 02: SALVADOR – LENÇÓIS – Pai Inácio ( B)

Meet the guide at the hotel in Salvador at 6am. Transfer to the bus station. Bus to Lençóis (408km) at 7am. Arrival at Lençóis at 1pm.

After lunch (not included) visit “Morro do Pai Inácio” (1240m). Transfer by car from Lençóis (25min). Walk up (15min).

Morro do Pai Inácio (Father Ignacio’s Hill)  – one of the highlights at Chapada Diamantina from where it is possible to have some of the most spectacular views of the region with series of flat topped mountains that are so characteristic for this landscape. It is very windy up there, but nevertheless there are plants and flowers.

After sunset return to Lençóis. Overnight in Lençóis.

Day 03: LENÇÓIS – GROTTOS – CAPÃO VALLEY (B, L, D)

Transfer by car to Poço do Diabo (22km – 20min – 25min walking).

Poço do Diabo – It is dark and it gives a weird sensation, with an almost complete lack of visibility. Nevertheless, the acids that give this color are not pollutants.

Optional (locally paid) – There is an option to practice abseiling and flying fox. Price: R$ 160 (Per Person)

Afterwards transfer to Pratinha (27 km on paved road and 13 km on dirt road – 1 hour).

Lunch at Pratinha.

Pratinha – A bathing spa that is a real oasis in such arid area. The bottom of the lake has countless micro-conchs, showing that there was a sea in this region in the past. Pratinha´s River formed many grottos in the limestone.

Optional (locally paid) – There is an option to practice snorkeling. Price: R$ 20,00 (per person)

Then transfer to Torrinha (8km – 15min-2 hours walking thru the cave).

Gruta da Torrinha – It’s the most beautiful grotto at Chapada Diamantina, full of stalactites, stalagmites and other speleothems.

Transfer to Capão Valley (62km – 40min).

Overnight at valley.

Day 4: CAPAO – GUINÉ – IGATU (B, L, D)

Full day walk from Capão Valley to Guiné (20km – 7 hours). Lunch box on the way.

Trail Capão to Guiné – Probably the most beautiful day walk at Chapada Diamantina National Park. Most of the trip leads through the beautiful altitude fields “Gerais do Vieira” and “Gerais do Rio Preto” from where there is a great view of Pati Valley, which is considered one of the most beautiful Valleys in Brazil.

At the end, transfer to Igatu (36km on dirt road and 21km on paved road – 1h30).

Dinner (included). Overnight in Igatu.

Day 5: IGATU – Buracão Waterfall (B, L ,D)

After breakfast, transfer to Ibicoara, south of the National Park of Chapada Diamantina (100km on paved road and 28km on dirt road / approximately 2h30). Walking to Cachoeira do Buracão (6km return). Lunch Box (included). Then we’ll go to Xique-Xique de Igatu, a small village – our Brazilian “Machu Picchu” (120km on paved road and 28km on dirt road / approximately 2hrs).

Buracão Waterfall – It is a really amazing waterfall. More than 100 meters high inside an impressive canyon, the “Cachoeira do Buracão” (Big Hole Waterfall). It will take your breath away.

Overnight at Pousada Pedras de Igatu. Dinner (included) and overnight.

Day 6: IGATU – Poço Encantado – Poço Azul – LENÇÓIS (B,L)

We leave the pousada on foot (5km – 1h30 – easy level). At the end of the trail, transfer to the entrance of Poço Encantado by car (41km by paved road and 6km by dirty road). Then transfer to Poço Azul (21km – 4km on paved road and 17km on dirt road / approximately 1h20). Visit the cave and snorkel at its pool. Lunch at local.

Poço Encantado – A cave filled with stunningly beautiful blue water. A steep entrance ramp leads to the cave, which will be lightened between April and August by the sunlight falling through a kind of natural window. Diving is not allowed.

Poço Azul – A crystal water lake in a cave, nicknamed Enchanted Pool “little brother”, it’s smaller and has a wooden platform for an easy access to the pool. The lighting changes according to the sun’s displacement. You can float 20min in the blue Pool.

Transfer back to Lençóis (63km on paved road and 17km on dirty road).

Overnight in Lençóis.

Day 7: LENÇÓIS / SALVADOR / MANAUS (B)

After breakfast private transfer to bus station. Take the bus back to  Salvador. Arrive in Salvador 12.30pm and transfer to the airport. Flight to Manaus (not included). Overnight.

Day 8: MANAUS / ANAVILHANAS (B, L, D)

After breakfast, pick-up at the hotel, transfer by car/van (3h) to Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge. Reception.

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is a small charm hotel located 110 km northwest of Manaus, in the county of Novo Airão, on the right margin of Rio Negro (Black River). The lodge has 20 (16 chalets and 4 bungalows) suites, all of them equipped with split air conditioning, box beds, hot and cold water, fridge and an inviting porch. The architecture is in line with the regional tradition: lots of hay and suspended wooden structures, holding cozy rooms where our guests will find peace and quiet for an invigorating night’sleep.

Overnight.

Day 9 and 10: ANAVILHANAS JUNGLE LODGE ACTIVITIES (B, L, D)

Breakfast followed by activities at the lodge. Overnight.

Each package contains a series of tours that help the visitor to understand and experience the wilderness safely and comfortably. We offer explanatory and contemplative tours without interfering in the wildlife and preserving the natural ecosystem. Doses of adventure are added to each ride according to our guests’ personal preference, which conducts all of our activities.

Pink Dolphin Feeding Spot and Craft Shops in Novo Airão (Duration: 2-3 hours)

We take the guests to a floating deck where wild river dolphins come every day. Then, the tourist will go to 2 craft shops, where local workers offer original natural products.

Jungle Hike (Duration: 2-3 hours):

Trekking through the forest, led by local guides who will reveal some of the mysteries of the Amazon Jungle. The tourists will learn about trees, herbs and fruits, jungle survival orientation and natural medicine.

Tour through Anavilhanas Archipelago (Duration: 2-3 hours)

The many channels (paranás), lakes, and islands of the world’s greatest freshwater archipelago are explored in regional boats.

Piranha’s Fishing (Duration: 2-3 hours)

A fun fishing experience, where the tourist will have the opportunity of fishing and taking piranhas and other small fishes, while enjoys the beauty of rivers and streams..

Night Spotting (Duration: 1-2 hours)

The unique sensation of living the Amazon Forest during the night. You will experience the ride in motorized canoes while the tourist try to search night birds, sloths, snakes, caimans and night sounds.

Sunrise contemplation (Duration: 1-2 hours)

Departure in the dawn, the tourist will watch the Amazon sunrise, see the birds flying and hear the noise of the waken forest.

Paddling through the surrounding waters (2-3hours): In small wooden canoes, the tourist will explore the Igapós and Igarapés next to the lodge, enjoying the sounds, the smells and the surprising views of the flooded woods.

Local community visit (Duration: 2-3 hours)

We will visit an isolated community in the middle of Rio Negro where the tourist will be able to understand their way of life and their social organization.

Day 11: ANAVILHANAS JUNGLE LODGE ACTIVITIES / OUT MANAUS (B)

Breakfast followed by activities at the lodge. Check-out and transfer to Manaus Airport.

Transfers from Anavilhanas Lodge

You can choose one of the two transfer times which the Lodge offers daily. The transfer takes approximately 3:00 hours.  ( please ensure you have extra time till departure time)

From the Lodge to Manaus there are two departure times:

1- At 8 am for guests who board on flights that leave from Manaus starting at 01.30 pm. Guests who board on flights before 01.30 pm should leave one day earlier and spend the night in Manaus.

2- At 2 pm for guests who will lodge in Manaus or will board after 07.00 pm.

4,810 USD

 in a group of min 6 pax. Double occupancy.

Trip Dates

11th August 2017

Note:

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
  • All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.
  • The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions.

THIS INCLUDES

Salvador

  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast (B); www.solardosdeuses.com.br or similar
  • Private individual transfer in
  • English speaking guide

Chapada Diamantina

  • 2 night accommodation with breakfast according to your choice of hotel in Lençóis (B); www.hoteldelencois.com/standards or similar
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast and dinner at Capão Valley (BD); www.pousadadocapao.com.br or similar
  • 2 night accommodation with breakfast and dinner at Pousada Pedras de Igatu (BD); www.igatu.com.br or similar
  • Private transfers in Salvador from and to Hotel or Airport;
  • Regular Bus Ticket Salvador/Lençóis/Salvador (without guide);
  • 2 lunches (L) – Gruta Pratinha and Poço Azul;
  • 2 lunches box (Lb) (2 sandwiches, 1 fruit, 1 juice, 1 egg, 1 tomato, 1 gum, dry fruit, 1 candy and peanut)
  • All the mentioned tours;
  • English Speaking Guides

Manaus

  • 1 night accommodation in Manaus with breakfast; http://villaamazonia.com or similar
  • Private transfer in;
  • English speaking guide

Amazon

  • 3 night accommodation at Anavilhanas Lodge; www.anavilhanaslodge.com ( chalet)
  • Regular Transfers In/Out;
  • Full Board (3 meals per day / Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner);
  • Daily tours at Anavilhanas Archipelago;
  • English speaking guides

THIS EXCLUDES

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and visa fees
  • Additional/optional activities
  • Meals not specified
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Beverages or additional meals
  • Single supplement
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone
  • International departure tax
  • Gratuities and tips

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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