Chapada Diamantina and Morro de Sao Paulo via/Salvador

Come check out a bundle of Bahia’s treasures: Salvador, known for its history, culture and beauty; Chapada Diamantina, a vast national park that is one of the many natural wonders of the state of Bahia; Morro de Sao Paulo, known as a peaceful fishing village is lush with ferns, palms, and birds of paradise; and Praia do Forte, a quaint fisherman village, known for its beaches, restaurants and artisan shops.

Salvador, Chapada Diamantina, Morro de Sao Paulo, and Praia do Forte (14 Nights)

Includes International Flight

Salvador - 4 nights includes:
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:   Apartment in Barra, just blocks from the beach and from many good bars and restaurants


Full day city tour featuring Pelourinho, a typical Bahian lunch, Mercado Modelo, and other historical sites
Feijoada (ethnic cuisine) in Rio Vermelho (bohemian beachside neighborhood)
Bay islands tour
Moqueca (ethnic cuisine) at Flamengo Beach
Samba night club


Praia do Forte - 3 nights includes:
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Tia Helena, a simple, clean, warm welcome right near the beach

4-wheeler tour through Atlantic forest with a river stop
Canoe trip down the pristine Imbassai River
Typical Bahian lunch at Diogo - a fisherman village
Horseback riding
Sauipe River Catamaran


Morro de Sao Paulo – 3 nights includes:
Boat Transportation
Accommodation:  Pousada Noa-Noa

Boat trip to the island of Boipeba and its natural coral pools
Horseback ride


Chapada Diamantina – 4 nights includes:
Domestic Flight
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Local pousada

Serrano River, Colored Sands Chambers and the Spring Waterfall, Torrinha Cave, Mucugezinho River, Poço do Diabo (Devil's Hole), Pai Inácio Mountain, Capao Valley, and Cachoeira da Fumaça (Smoke Waterfall)


Day-by-day Itinerary
Day 1
A private driver will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your apartment.   You may want to relax on the beach with a cold beer and sample the Bahian delights in the beach huts.  We suggest the shrimp on a stick, the smoked cheese, or the local favorite, acaraje. 

By night, we’ll be having dinner at the Solar da União, also the venue of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, where you can enjoy Brazilian food and drinks during a folkloric show.  This show features an excellent presentation of local perspectives from capoeira to samba, ancient slave dances, and even a sample of candomblé, a religious rite typical in this region.

Day 2
After breakfast, you’ll begin your journey through Salvador visiting Pelourinho, the historical district of the city, followed by a delicious Bahian lunch.  Then you’ll visit the Mercado Modelo, a handicraft market that used to be the merchandise and slave-trading outpost of the city.  Here you can buy many handicrafts and local products.  Make sure you visit the dungeon below the market where the slaves were kept prior to sale.  Samba show by night.

Day 3
After breakfast, a schooner will pick us up at the docks and take us on a cruise to a couple of the islands in the bay.  The trip takes all day, includes all you can drink beer, cachaca, and local fruits.  We’ll enjoy local music on the boat until we reach island beaches where we can have lunch.  We’ll visit Ponta de Areia Beach and Ilha dos Frades before heading back for sunset. 

Day 4
Today we’ll head to what the locals regard as the best beach in Salvador:  Flamengo Beach.  Relax and take in the scenery.  We’ll have a typical Bahian meal called ‘moqueca’ which is fish and shrimp stew.  We’ll head back to town around sunset.

Day 5
This morning you’ll be transported by a private vehicle to Praia do Forte.  The journey takes roughly an hour, and when you arrive you’ll check into Tia Helena.  After lunch we suggest you visit the Tamar Project (turtle NGO) Visitor Center and then on to Papa Gente's Natural Pools for snorkeling.

Day 6
After breakfast, you’ll be taking an 8-hour adventure tour.  Begin by exploring the region of Sauipe, where you’ll take a 4-Wheeler Tour through the Atlantic forest vegetation and along rivers.  During the ride, there’ll be a stop at the Sauípe River for a swim and to go down the rapids on inner tubes.  Lunch will be at a fisherman's village.  Then you’ll take a canoe trip down the pristine Imbassai River which is surrounded by snow-white dunes.

Day 7
Today you may choose between one of 2 tours:  Horseback riding or Sauipe River Catamaran


  1. Horseback ride will begin by taking you through a lake, then along sand dunes, followed by a trail through tropical forest to the Castelo Garcia D'Avila and finally winding down and along the beach back to the village.
  2. 7 km Catamaran ride to the mouth of the River Sauipe, passing through beautiful areas of coastal rainforest vegetation and mangroves.  A specialist guide will tell you about the various ecosystems and you’ll have the opportunity to swim and do a bit of bird watching.


Day 8
We suggest you take the morning to relax by the pool or on the beach and maybe do some last-minute shopping in the village for presents to take back home.   After lunch, you’ll be driven in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to the Salvador marina where you’ll be taken on a high-speed yacht to the Island of Morro de Sao Paulo.  You’ll be met by a guide who’ll accompany you to your pousada.  The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy your first day on this tropical island.  Watching the sunset from the old fort is a must and you may even be fortunate enough to see dolphins.


Day 9
Today you‘ll be taken by boat to the beautiful island of Boipeba, where you’ll have the opportunity to have lunch in one of the many beach huts.  Departing from the third beach, it takes approximately 40 minutes to reach Boipeba.  With many white sand beaches strewn with coconut palms and clear waters, the island of Boipeba resembles a tropical paradise.   A guided walk on the island to see some of these stunning deserted beaches is offered and if the tide is low, it’s possible to swim in the natural pools created in the reef.   After spending the day in this haven of tranquility and relaxation, your journey back to Morro de Sao Paulo will be via the inner island river, with a visit to the historical city of Cairu.

Day 10
After breakfast today, your tour will be a horseback ride along the Bromeliad Trail passing through various different areas of island vegetation.  You’ll take the inner island trail to Encanto Beach, with stops on the way to observe bromeliads, orchids, and other exotic flora.  You’ll also have an opportunity to stop for a swim in the sea.
After your return to Morro in the afternoon, we recommend walking the trail to the lighthouse to see the magnificent view of Morro's beautiful beaches.

Day 11
The morning is free to enjoy the beaches and the calm, crystal waters of this exotic paradise.  In the afternoon you’ll catch a flight to Lencois.  On arrival in Lencois airport, you’ll be met by a private guide and taken to your pousada in the town center.  You may want to relax in the hotel or explore the village before dinner.  Please note that flights from Salvador to Lencois occur only on Saturdays.  Please plan your trip accordingly.

Day 12
Today your full-day tour is to Torrinha Cave, Mucugezinho River, Poço do Diabo (Devil's Hole), and Pai Inácio Mountain.  Your first stop will be to see Torrinha Cave, an impressive 70km (44 miles) long cave containing recently discovered rooms and galleries with rare geological formations, such as the famous Aragonite Flower.  After the cave tour you‘ll move on to Pai Ignacio, a mountain overlooking the Chapada Diamantina, which has panoramic views of the valleys.  During the second part of your tour there will be an opportunity to swim in the Mucugezinho River and also the Devil's hole, an enormous natural pool with a beautiful waterfall.  At the end of the day, you’ll be driven back to your pousada.

Day 13
Today, you’ll get to see the Capão Valley and the famous Smoke Waterfall.  Cachoeira da Fumaça is reputed to be the highest waterfall in Brazil, at 350 meters (1,148 feet).  Upon reaching the top of the waterfall, there are superb views of the Capão Valley and if you are brave enough, you can lean over the cliff to see the waterfall below.  It’s called Smoke Waterfall because the water transforms into mist before reaching the ground, due to its incredible height.  Lunch is provided during your rest to admire the views and the waterfall.  Make sure you walk back up the Fumaca river bed and swim in the beautifully red colored water (the water is a transparent red due to the iron oxide content).  On the way back from Capao to Lencois, you’ll have the opportunity to stop for a refreshing swim in Riachinho Waterfall.

Day 14
After breakfast today, you’ll set off early on a canoe and walking tour to see the Marimbus (wetland area) and the Roncador River.  Your first stop will be at the tiny community of Remanso, which was the first village in the region to be set up by liberated slaves after slavery was abolished in Bahia.  The villagers still live like they did years ago. Here is where you will start your canoe trip down the Marimbus.

You can sit back and relax while your guide paddles through beautiful wetland scenery full of impressive flora and fauna or help paddle yourself.  After the canoe trip there will be a stop for lunch and a chance to swim in the river, followed by a walk to the Roncador River where you can swim in beautiful natural pools of the Sonrisal waterfall.
You’ll then lunch at a local farm house near the waterfall and relax in the hammocks strung out under the mango trees.

Day 15
On your last day, you’ll be driven in private vehicle back to the airport in Salvador.

·If you would like, you can go to Lencois by vehicle and return by air (remembering that the flights from Lencois to Salvador occur only on Saturdays).

We’re certain that you will have enjoyed your trip and we look forward to seeing you again in Brazil.


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