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
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.
Tour based in Vale do
Trekking Tours starting
from the Capão Valley
days, 2 nights,
Waterfall, City of Lençois, the Pai Inácio Mountain, the High Plateaus of the Park
and Poço do Diabo waterfall
of Pati , the central area of the Park :
A 3 days
tours (2 nights´ stay at local inhabitants’ houses)
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
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of the CHAPADA DIAMANTINA – 3 days and 2 nights stay 2 possible
accomodation options: Pousada do Capão and pousada Tatu Feliz
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
Day 2 : Discovery of the Region, the Pai Inácio Mount, Poço do Diabo
Waterfall and the city of
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.
TREKKING AT THE PATI VALLEY
walks of 6 to 7 hours.
Level of difficulty : medium.
Day 1 : From the Valley of Capaõ to the High Plateaus and the Valley
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
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
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
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
accommodation in the high-standard Pousada
do Capão or Tatu Feliz lodge, has lunch, and the excursions described in
Trekkings at the Pati
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
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
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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