Active travelers will explore some of Brazil's best natural scenery in this itinerary that balances four full days of hiking with urban tours and beachfront relaxation. Begin your trip in the lively city of Salvador before taking a flight to Lençóis for a day of cafe-hopping and historic architecture. Then, begin your trek through the Vale do Pati and into Chapada Diamantina National Park. You'll swim in waterfalls, enjoy awe-inspiring cliff views, and recharge in a secluded island paradise.

Highlights

  • Attend a special music and dance performance in Salvador
  • Swim in cascading waterfalls
  • See some of Brazil's best natural scenery
  • Take a canoe trip through a mangrove forest
  • Enjoy a free day on the island of Boipeba

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Salvador Salvador
Day 2 Walking Tour of Pelourinho Salvador
Day 3 Flight to Lençóis Lençóis
Day 4 Trek to Vale do Pati Mucugê
Day 5 Day-Trek to Cachoeira dos Funis Mucugê
Day 6 Trek to Palmeiras Palmeiras
Day 7 Chapada Diamantina National Park - Lençóis Lençóis
Day 8 Transfer to Ilha de Boipeba Boipeba
Day 9 Canoeing Trip Boipeba
Day 10 Free Day in Boipeba Boipeba
Day 11 Departure via Salvador  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Salvador

Historic buildings in Salvador
Historic buildings in Salvador

Welcome to Brazil! When you land at Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA), a driver will be waiting to take you directly to your hotel.

Salvador is the center of Afro-Brazilian culture, and the city is known for its music, frequent festivals, relaxing beaches, historic architecture, and unique cuisine. After you check in and get settled, you'll have the rest of the evening free to explore the city on your own or rest.

Day 2: Walking Tour of Pelourinho

The historic Pelourinho district
The historic district of Pelourinho

After breakfast, you will meet with a guide and go on a walking tour of Salvador’s historic downtown and the Pelourinho district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the largest collection of colonial buildings in Latin America.

You will walk along cobblestone streets surrounded by houses in pastel colors, visit the exuberant São Francisco Church, and see the Cathedral of Salvador's Rococo refinement. Then, you will continue on to the Lacerda Elevator that transports passengers to the Lower Town below where the tour ends. 

In the evening, you will head out to the Miguel Santana Theatre to a dance performance that combines many different traditional dances from the African diaspora. You will see the sacred dances of Candomblé religion, a stick and sword dance known as maculelê, capoeira, and the samba de roda.

At the end of the show, you'll be able to have dinner before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Flight to Lençóis

Aerial view of Lençóis
Aerial view of Lençóis

A driver will pick you up at your hotel this morning and transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Lençóis.

When you arrive in Lençóis, a driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Once you check in and drop your luggage, you can start exploring this town's brightly-colored buildings from the 19th century and welcoming outdoor cafes.

Day 4: Trek to Vale do Pati

Chapada Diamantina National Park
Chapada Diamantina National Park

After breakfast, a private driver will transfer you to 52 miles (85 km) Guiné, where you will begin the trekking portion of your trip.

After you visit the small town of Guiné,  you will join your guide on an 11-mile (18 km) hike through the Vale do Pati. On your way to Mucugê, you'll be able to stop at Cachoeirão, one of the nicest waterfalls in the country.

When you arrive at your accommodation, you will have dinner and plenty of time to relax.

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Day 5: Day-Trek to Cachoeira dos Funis

On the hiking trail outside Mucugê
On the hiking trail outside Mucugê

Today, you will join your guide on a shorter 4-mile (8 km) hike to the waterfall known as Cachoeira dos Funis where you will be able to take a swim and soak in the sun. 

Later in the afternoon, you'll return to your accommodation where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the local culture from your hosts.

Day 6: Trek to Palmeiras

The landscape in the Vale do Capão
The landscape in the Vale do Capão

After breakfast, you will start your day's 13-mile (22km) hike. First, you will trek to the peak of Gerais do Vieira where you can take a swim in the natural pools.

Later in the afternoon, you will continue walking to the beginning of the valley known as Vale do Capão, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you to the village of Palmeiras.

Day 7: Chapada Diamantina National Park - Lençóis

A view of Chapada Diamantina National Park
A view of Chapada Diamantina National Park

In the morning, you will be able to take some time to explore the nearby village of Capão before heading out on your day's hike. 

Your will follow the trail until you reach one of the main outposts of Chapada Diamantina National ParkMorro do Pai Inácio. After you spend the afternoon exploring the park, a driver will take you back to Lençóis to stay for the night.

Day 8: Transfer to Ilha de Boipeba

Aerial view of Boipeba
Aerial view of Boipeba

After breakfast, a driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a six-hour trip to the beautiful island known as Ilha de Boipeba.

This secluded Brazilian island is peaceful and almost free of vehicles, which makes it easy to unplug and relax. When you arrive at your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day and evening free to explore or take a swim at the beach.

Day 9: Canoeing Trip

Canoeing through the mangroves
Canoeing through the mangroves

If the weather is good today, you'll go on a canoeing trip in a handmade boat built by native fishermen in Boipeba.

You will paddle down the Piã River and through forests of mangroves where you will be able to see local wildlife like colorful birds, sea turtles, lizards, and vibrant species of butterflies.

At the end of the day, you'll return to your hotel for a free evening.

Day 10: Free Day in Boipeba

A peaceful beach on Boipeba
A peaceful beach on Boipeba

Today, you'll have free time to relax on the beaches or book activities like boating excursions, snorkeling, or an outing to the natural pools of Moreré.

Day 11: Departure via Salvador

View from Salvador's Lacerda Elevator
View from Salvador's Lacerda Elevator

It's time to say goodbye to Brazil! After your last morning on the island, you will take an hour ride on a speedboat to Graciosa, where a driver will be waiting to take you on a final four-hour drive to Salvador's Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA).

Map

Map of Active Brazil: Trekking in Chapada National Park - 11 Days
Map of Active Brazil: Trekking in Chapada National Park - 11 Days