TATU NA TRILHA
Ecotourism Agency
Our team is there to make you like Chapada Diamantina!

Spectacular scenery of imposing canyons and table mountains, flowing grasslands and forested valleys, extensive cave systems, many waterfalls and deep swimming pools in the heart of the state of Bahia.
In a geological history spanning more than 1.5 billion years, the area has been a river delta, a shallow sea where icebergs floated and a desert with shifting sand dunes. Rock art attests to pre-historic occupation of the area. Once a gold and diamond mining region, it has a unique history and culture. The area is still sparsely populated and people are very hospitable..

The agency Tatu na Trilha specializes in regional eco-tourism and appeals mostly to the Brazilian and European publics. The tours it proposes have been conceived so as to convey the most intense contact with the marvelous natural settings of the National Park of the Chapada Diamantina. The History of the Diamond Rush, the different aspects of the Coffee culture and the diversity of the local traditions are comprehensively commented by our guides as they are encountered and visualized throughout the circuits. You would be able to choose between a complete tour,  “Discovery of the Chapada” and an itinerant trekking tour in the isolated zone of the national park

The access is direct since Salvador: bus of comfortable line until Lençois or Palmeiras with collective taxi until Capão, stop instead of the village, in front of the pousada Tatu Feliz.

 

Discovery of the Chapada Tour

Tour based in Vale do Capão

Trekking Tours starting from the Capão Valley

3 days, 2 nights, Excursions

 

The Fumaça Waterfall, City of Lençois, the Pai Inácio Mountain, the High Plateaus of the Park and Poço do Diabo waterfall

The Valley of Pati , the central area of the Park :

A 3 days tours (2 nights´ stay at local inhabitants’ houses)

 

The Circuit Highlights : the Caeté-Açu village in the Valley of the Capão, the Gerais do Vieira, the Valley of the Paty.

Circuits are realized with qualified guides arranging invaluable information on the flora and the fauna as well as the regional culture. The participation in treks includes an evaluation by the guide, the day before the trek, before the physical condition and before the equipments of each as well as a presentation of rules to be respected in the park. A list of the necessary equipment will be communicated with you during your registration.

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DISCOVERY of the CHAPADA DIAMANTINA – 3 days and 2 nights stay   2 possible accomodation options: Pousada do Capão and pousada Tatu Feliz
POUSADA DO CAPÃO PAI INÁCIO MOUNTAIN

HIGHLANDS

LENÇOIS

REMARKABLE HIGHLIGHTS :

. The Fumaça Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Brazil (400 meters). Three hours’ trek.
. The city of Lençois, the Diamond Rush, the local gastronomy. The Pai Inácio mesa and Poço do Diabo waterfall.
. The High Plateaus and the heart of the National Park (a four hours’ trek ). The splendor of the Capão Valley.

Day 1 : The Capão Valley and the Fumaça Waterfall

Our trekking starts after a tropical breakfast and shall lead us to one of the most remarkable sites of the Chapada. A two hours stroll on the High Plateaus enables us to appreciate the great variety of the local flora : tree-ferns, orchids, carnivorous plants... We shall then come across the incredible canyon of the Fumaça. From the top of the waterfall, along the 400 yards decline, we shall discover the primitive forest growing in this watery and shaded environment. From our towering position we shall enjoy a savoury outdoor lunch before some strolling and winding our way down to the Pousada.

Day 2 : Discovery of the Region, the Pai Inácio Mount, Poço do Diabo Waterfall and the city of Lençois

After a confortable car ride we approach the charming colonial city of Lençois. Reviving an ancient custom, the façades bordering its narrow streets have been painted in many different pastel shades. We may thus imagine the 19th century ambiance of this small North-Eastern rural settlement which became one of the world’s richest Diamond Mining and trading centers. Our-a-days, Lençois is renowned for the quality of life and the entertainment its offers, as well as the passionate reactions it sucitates. Strolling in the animated lanes we may visit some of the many handicrafts shops. After lunching on a succulent grill of local beef in a typical “churrascaria”, we shall drive to the Pai Inácio, the imposing mount which came to be known as the symbol of the whole region. From its top we shall be able to enjoy a breath-taking vista on the whole range of the Sincorá mountains. We stop for a rest and a good bath at the Poço do Diabo waterfall (30 min walking).

Day 3 : Trekking throughout the High Plateaus, Poço da Angelica

Our trekking towards the small village of Bomba starts after a satisfying breakfast at the Hotel. From there we climb to the immense natural reserve on top of the High Plateaus. Orchids and bromeliads have marvelously adapted themselves to this unique environment. In the surrounding mountains some whitish pumas (“sussuaranas”) may still hide. At the end of this first leg of our hike we catch sight the Valley of Pati, home to a completely secluded and unique human community inside the National Park. Swiming at Angelica natural swiming-pool. By late afternoon we should be able to reach the Pousada and enjoy the rest and confort it offers. The return bus to Salvador leaves at 10:30 P.M. from Palmeiras.

 

POUSADA TATU FELIZ YEAH!! FUMAÇA WATERFALL WALKING THROUGH CHAPADA


 

TREKKING AT THE PATI VALLEY

Average daily walks of 6 to 7 hours.
Level of difficulty : medium.


Day 1 : From the Valley of Capaõ to the High Plateaus and the Valley of Paty

Departure by Jeep from the Travel Agency at 8:00 A.M. to the village of Bomba, the starting point of the track to the Valley of the Paty.
Crossing through the High Plateaus of the Vieira which show on their wavy surface innumerable streams of cristaline water. From the start of the 19th century and for more than a hundred years, these wide plains have been the setting of extensive cattle breeding and gold mining activities.
Pick-nick and river swim in the Gems Waterfall.
Our path then follows the mule-drivers’ trail from which one will can enjoy a flabbergasting view of the complete Range of the Pati Mountains, one of the most isolated areas of the Park. There, is to be found an endemical mountain-flora consisting of carnivorous plants, altitude orchids or “immortal” flowers (Paepalanthus). Several couples of rare birds of prey, known as “Gavião pé de Serra”, inhabit these lofty surroundings.
The overnight accomodation is provided by local inhabitants in shared rooms (no electrical light, clean sheets and blankets). The meals are prepared by a local cook from her home-grown greeneries.


Day 2 : Wanderings and discoveries in the Valley of the Paty

After a typical breakfast, we shall visit the Funis Waterfall (see picture) which displays the most suitable scenery for a cool swim and some relaxing moments.There, bromeliads of all sorts will be seen hanging from the branches of century old trees, reminding a mysterious amazonian forest. With the help of binoculars we will be able to spot the huge “Araponga” birds. These are among the largest rain-forest birds and have elected these mountains as their dwelling.
By noon we shall make a halt for a outdoor lunch surrounded by the mountains summits.
The program may be modified depending on rainy weather. In such a case, we suggest the visit of ancient City Hall of the valley which is also used as a refuge for wayfarers. Nearby is found a temple dedicated to the Umbanda, afro-roots religion.
By late afternoon we reach the Prefeitura where we have our second night.

Day 3 : From the Valley of Paty to the Capão valley- Calixto river and Toca do Gaucho
After breakfast we start towards the Calixto River, renowned to have delivered some the largest sized diamonds on earth. The nearby Valley of the Calixto is the home to bands of Howler Monkeys (“Bujios” or Alouatta Caraya). There we shall take some time for a welcome dive and a luck-try search for a foresaken diamond (!). Ancient dry-stone buildings are testimonies to the intense mining activity which took place in these area during the nineteenth century. The Red-Tie Humming Bird is endemical of the region and can be easily spoted faring from flower to flower. Large arborescent ferns draw their heavy shades on the hill-tops.
Our arrival at the Agency is due by 7:00 P.M.

 
 

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The  price of trekking include snacks, diners, breakfast, guide, overnights and transffers by car between Capão village and the begining of the trail ( 5 miles)

(*)   :           The price includes the services of professional guide, 2 nights at inhabitant house, suppers and breakfasts included, 3 pick-nick  and 2 shuttles.

**  : The price includes the services of professional guide, accommodation in the high-standard Pousada do Capão or Tatu Feliz lodge, has lunch, and the excursions described in the tour.

Discovery Tours

Trekkings at the Pati Valley

The Capão Valley
 

The township of Caeté-Açu is home to the majority of the population and provides all kinds of services to the scatered inhabitants of the Valley. It succeeded in preserving its original charm and relaxed atmosphere, centering itself on a small square which is focus of all social life. Modest sized houses of many bright colours agregate around a century old church and a “correto” (pagode like building for collective activities) which were erected by the communitarian work of the villagers. The very active associative life and various artistic enterprises, such as a Circus and a Choral, provide expositions, shows and concerts the year round.
For many years the Valley supplied the diamond prospectors with miscellaneous services and various food stuffs such as coffee, bananas or vegetables.
The 1920 and 1930 decades saw the apex of these activities linked to the mining of gems in the surrounding mountains. In those days, transportation followed the lengthy paved track which winded from the village of Guiné to Lençois, via Volta da Serra, Sitio Novo and the Valley of Capão. Much of the merchandizing of the epoch depended on caravanes led by intrepid mule-drivers along a vertical axis linking centers in Minas Gerais to Juazeiro in the North. The elders in Capão still tell the tales of the many hectic adventures they encountered on the trail.
At the close of the Diamond Rush and, more so, after the plunge of coffee on stock-markets, the Valley started its decline to a long period of isolation. The late 70’s and 80’s saw a mass emigration to the urban centers of São Paulo lured by its supposed opportunities. But simultaneously, “new rural life adepts” flocked to the region, boosting and influencing it with their peculiar ways-and-means : health-foods, communitary life, natural medicine, spiritual research etc.
By the years, the intermingling of both populations modified the atmosphere and destinies of the settlement. The opening of new enterprises and perspectives attracted back the former exilees, thus bringing hope for future development in completely new fields of activity.
The resurrection of the Valley is, therefore, the result of a perfect adequation between natural surroundings, human reality and an eco-touristic activity of high standards. The absence of “mass-tourism” schemes facilitated the creation of human sized accomodation units which are dedicated to the preservation of the environment and of the rural aspects of life in the area.
The Valley is renowned for attracting visitors who seek a high quality of life or who are set on personal harmony. It thus benefits from their presence, making good use of its traditional hospitality, by developing such means of living which focalize on conviviality and leisurely discoveries.

 

 



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