Chapada Diamantina via/Salvador

Come check out two of Bahia’s treasures: Salvador, known for its history, culture and beauty; and Chapada Diamnatina, a vast national park that is one of the many natural wonders of the state of Bahia. There is an abundance of endemic plants, hundreds of waterfalls, large caves, rivers with natural swimming pools, and superb trekking through beautiful landscapes full of valleys and mountains with stunning views.

The city of Salvador and Chapada Diamantina National Park are two destinations that will give you a glimpse of what the state of Bahia is all about.  Bahia is one of the main destinations in Brazil and is known for its rich history, culture and unexplored nature.

Salvador and Chapada Diamantina (7 Nights)

Includes International Flight

Salvador - 3 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)
Samba night club


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, Cachoeira da Fumaça (Smoke Waterfall), and Riachinho (little River)


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
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 4
Today you‘ll be transported via private vehicle to the Salvador airport to 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 5
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 6
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 7
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 various hammocks strung out under the mango trees.

Day 8
On your last day you’ll be driven in private vehicle back to 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).


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