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Vale do Pati Active 5 Days of Trekking and Nature

Travel Number: 56738

Vale do Pati Active 5 Days of Trekking and Nature Brazil | Chapada Diamantina

Experience and discover the most beautiful parts of Chapada Diamantina National Park during a 3-day trekking tour. The starting point for the trip is the charming town of Lencois, which has colonial architecture with calm cobblestone streets and cozy restaurants and bars. The trekking tour takes you through the scenic, beautiful Pati Valley where high waterfalls, dark caves, and wonderful views await you.


Day 1: From Salvador to the Colonial Town of Lencois

Included: Bus Station Transfers (private), Bus Ride Salvador to Lencois (public, 6h) | 4.5 miles / 7 km Hike (private, 3h)

Early in the morning you will be picked up by your English-speaking guide from your hotel in Salvador and taken to the bus station, where you will head off on a 6-hour long drive to the colonial town of Lencois.

Once you arrive you'll be picked up and taken to your accommodation. In the afternoon you will meet your local English-speaking guide who will take you on a relaxing hike to the Lencois River, in which you will see strange rock formations. If you wish you can finish the hike with a cold drink (not included) in one of the bars around the old market square.

Overnight: Pousada Vila Serrano, Standard room

Day 2: Trekking to Pati Valley and Cachoeirao Waterfall

Included: Transfer (private) | 11.2 miles / 18 km Trek (private, 6h) | Breakfast, Lunch Box, Dinner

After breakfast your English-speaking guide will pick you up and the tour will begin by heading to Guine, a small city near Chapada Diamantina National Park and the gateway to Pati Valley, where the trekking will begin. You will trek through an open landscape with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and the Rio Preto, which invites you to take a refreshing dip. On the way you will also see the Cachoeirao (big waterfall), which is 985 feet (300 meters) in depth. You will hike a bit more until you reach the accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Local Family House, Guest room with shared bathroom

Day 3: Climb to Serra da Lapinha and Funis Waterfall

Included: 10.6 miles / 17 km Trek (private, 8h) | Breakfast, Lunch Box, Dinner

Today you will hike to the next lodging site, where you will leave your luggage behind and start a strenuous climb to the “Castle Cave” which is located on the summit of Serra da Lapinha mountain range. At the top you will cross the 985-foot (300 meter) long cave and enjoy a breathtaking view over the valley! Heading down you will take the same route, then continue further to the Funis Waterfall where you will have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip.

Overnight: Local Family House, Guest room with shared bathroom

Info: The climb is only possible in dry weather. If it happens to be a wet day, your guide will plan an alternative program for the day.

Day 4: Last Leg and Return to Lencois

Included: 13.7 miles / 22 km Trek (private, 7h) | Transfer (private) | Breakfast, Lunch Box

The last part of the trip leads you to the Valley of Capao. During this trip we will cross the Rio Preto, as well as cut through the “Gerais do Vieira,” a beautiful, flat area with a stunning 360-degree view of the Pati Valley. You will have another chance to swim before the end of the trip. Then, the transfer back to Lencois will be waiting for you.

Overnight: Pousada Vila Serrano, Standard room

Day 5: Return to Salvador

Included: Bus Station Transfers (private), Bus Ride Lencois to Salvador (public, 6h) | Breakfast

Today you will head back to Salvador by bus. You can take the bus at 6:30 a.m. or around noon. Once you arrive to Salvador you will be taken to your hotel. If you wish we can also take you to Praia do Forte for a beach extension.


  • All transfers detailed above
  • 1 day trip (with a private English-speaking guide)
  • 3-day trekking tour (with a private English-speaking guide)
  • 2 nights at the Pousada Vila Serrano, Standard room
  • 2 nights at a Local Family House, Guest room with shared bathroom
  • 4 breakfasts + 3 lunch boxes + 2 dinners
  • Bus tickets Salvador – Lencois – Salvador


  • Luggage: You must carry your own luggage for the 3-day trekking tour. Your main luggage can be safely stored in Lencois.
  • Overnight stay in a local's home: Part of the Pati Valley trek experience is contact with local people that live in the valley, supporting sustainable tourism in the region. The natives are all very friendly and receptive. The houses are simple, but quite comfortable. They offer good beds, excellent food, and all you need to continue your trek.
  • Bathrooms: Simple, good space and good conditions and always clean. There's no water heating. Please be mindful that the only place you can use soap and shampoo is in the bathrooms at your designated local's home.
  • Light: There are solar panels at the houses, providing enough light for the house, bathroom, and energy to recharge your batteries (camera, etc).
  • Water: Fill your bottle at the house filter or at water sources suggested by your guide only. Remember to drink at least 2 liters during the day.
  • Food: During the day tour, a full lunch will be provided with sandwiches, fruits, cereal bars, honey, etc. Breakfasts and dinners are served at your local's home, delicious homemade meals with rice, beans, meat, salad, potatoes, pumpkins, and other typical dishes. Remember to inform us if you have any dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc).

Items to Bring

  • Comfortable backpack: It's important that all of the following items fit well, along with a lunch bag for the first day. For two persons, a small backpack and a bigger should do. The guide won't have extra space in his bag.
  • Sturdy boots for hiking: You will be exposed to different terrains such as rocks, mud, and rivers, so we really advise good trekking boots or shoes (waterproof). Avoid simple running shoes, they might get wet and slow you down.
  • Clothing: Wear light and comfortable hiking clothes with quick-drying materials. Bring an extra set in your bag and one change for the night (something warmer such as a simple coat).
  • Socks: Wear good socks, appropriate to your activity. A good combination with your shoes will help you avoid blisters during the hikes.
  • Towel: Bring a quick-drying towel for outdoor activities. Regular towels occupy too much space in your bag and may not dry properly.
  • Bathing suite: We suggest you pack a bathing suit for swimming opportunities. To avoid rashes, only change into your bathing suit immediately before swimming. Change again when done.
  • Rain-proof coat
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat or cap
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Water bottle (70 oz / 2 l): During the tour, your guide will advise you where to fill it.
  • Hiking sticks: We recommend the use of walking sticks as they help your knees, especially on hills.
  • Plastic waste bag: You are responsible for your own garbage. Remember to bring everything back.

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