Learn more about what to expect on this holiday including when to go and how comfortable you can expect to be.
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In the mountains, your surroundings are beautiful, serene and other-worldly.
This is what Pura’s James said about it, “On several occasions looking down along wooded valleys lined by limestone cliffs and mesa mountains, I was convinced that this must have been the backdrop for the film Jurassic Park. It wasn’t, but I felt that dinosaurs wouldn’t look out of place here.”
The walking itself isn’t too stretching (though a decent level of fitness is needed for some parts) and is often on just-there paths so that you don’t feel that you’re tramping along a well-beaten track. There are few other visitors, and no roads or motors, so it’s beautifully quiet.
As well as the walking, which would be a pleasure on its own, the spectacular sights (waterfalls, mountain tops etc) make real highlights.
Beyond the walking and sightseeing, it’s just a delightful place to be. The climate is good (warm but with a breeze), the towns are pleasant (and few and far between) and the people friendly, helpful and laid-back.
With the creation of the National Park, tourism is clearly the biggest industry here, but it doesn’t feel it: mostly you get the impression that most people are just getting on with life as normal in rural Bahia.
When should I go?
Really, this is a trip which works year round. There are seasonal shifts as you will see below but basically nothing to stop you visiting at any time of year.
Daytime temperatures are normally high 20s in the day, helped by a light breeze on the higher ground.
BAHIA: Bahia is basically tropical so you can expect warm conditions year round. March is the warmest month at an average high of 30c. July the coolest at 26c. In Salvador it rains a good deal, May is wettest with 33cm on average, January the driest with 11cm.
CHAPADA DIAMANTINA: temperatures are fairly stable through the year (at an average of 23c) although June through September are the coolest months when temperatures can drop to the mid-teens centigrade.
March to October are the driest times of year, November through February can be wetter but the landscape can be more beautiful with greater flow of water through the rivers and falls. It’s cool at night.
To enjoy it, you’ve really got to like walking and mountain scenery.
The longer multi-day treks (Pati valley) do need a decent level of fitness (but no more than would be needed for UK hillwalking) and a readiness for basic accommodation for a few nights.
Conditions underfoot are generally good with marked trails. There are parts where you will be walking along river beds or on river rocks in which case you need to think about your footing a bit more.
The highest point of the walking is about 1,300m, the lowest 500m.
To get to the tops of the table-tops you will generally find that you need all four limbs for short stretches near the top. These are always side trips so you can always opt out of a trip to the top.
We have chosen accommodation on the basis of location, quality and character. In general, this means that hotels are very comfortable but not luxurious.
In Salvador, stay in a very comfortable colonial style pousada. In Lençois, stay in a similarly comfortable hotel near the town centre. Both are of a good 3 or 4* standard.
In Capão the guest house is very comfortable and friendly, with rooms en suite.
For the three nights in the Pati Valley, you can expect to sleep in dorm-rooms, each with five or six bunks. Clean sheets, a towel and a thick blanket are provided.There are two shower rooms, with cold-water showers, toilets and electric light.
Private guided though group departures may be available. You have a guide in Salvador and then another guide for the Chapada Diamantina section.
Pura Aventura is passionate about the places it visits.
To help preserve the integrity of these destinations we:
• Keep groups small to minimise environmental impact.
• Work directly with local businesses and organisations to directly benefit local economies.
• Work with local guides so that our holidays are more interesting for clients and more beneficial locally.
• Make payment to suppliers before our clients arrive.
As you already know, Pura Aventura is dedicated to safe and responsible travel. The links below provide useful content and more information about Brazil. Please call us of any special requirements on 01273 676 712.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides useful travel advices on Brazil.
BBC News provides useful information about Brazil. Read more about it..
Official Government website
Find out more about Brazil, by visiting its official government website.
Prepare for your holiday
Before you go on your holiday to Brazil, please ensure you have the correct vaccinations. Check out the NHS website for advice, visit your GP or a travel clinic.
For the latest information on the Brazilian Real currency, visit the ICE website.
Pura’s Amazon shop
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For the weather forecast in Brazil, visit wunderground.
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