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Pati Valley Walk

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No roads, no frills, just beautiful hiking punctuated by cooling showers under waterfalls. The mesas, savannah and waterfalls of the Chapada Diamantina are at their best in the wonderfully remote Pati Valley.

11 day trip described, guide price £2,990pp i Fully customisable to you

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Sample itinerary

Travel to Brazil

Fly to Brazil and the city of Salvador. Please note that international flights for this holiday are quoted separately. On arrival you are collected by your guide who takes you to your charming hotel in a colonial area just away from the main centre of Pelourinho.

Travel to the Chapada Diamantina

We assume today is a Saturday as services during your hike as part of a guided small group though in truth, more often than not, you get the guide to yourselves. Depending on international flight times, you can connect straight on to your flight to Lençois. The Chapada Diamantina is an enormous region defined by lush grasslands with high table top mountains, cave networks, waterfalls, pools and streams. The area is excellent for walking with the added advantage that a dip in cooling waters is never far away.

Walk across the north

Start walking across the Chapada Diamantina National Park today. You leave any excess bags in Lençois so you can travel light for the walking part of your holiday. You have mules to help with portage so you walk with just a day pack. Walk along a valley to skirt around one of the highest mountains in the northern part of the park. As ever, there are beautiful waterfalls and pools in which to cool off along the way.

Walk into Pati Valley

Today you make it into what many consider to be the most beautiful hike in Brazil, the Pati Valley. This first day of walking is the hardest one of your holiday at 22km but the scenery is spectacular. Set off across the grasslands with view of mountains all around you. On a clear night the unpolluted view of the stars is breathtaking, especially seeing the cloudlike band of the Milky Way stretching across the sky.

Walk to a waterfall

Today’s circular walk takes you to the Cachoeirao waterfall, the second highest in the national park. The waterfall can be spectacular, depending on the amount of rain of course. Even in the dry season, the walk is amazing as you get to peer over the 280m drop. The walk is 16km return and medium difficulty.

Walk to Castle Hill

Today's pace is much more relaxed than yesterday as you make your way to the nearest neighbour’s house, some 3km away. Mornings are often cloudy, since clouds form over the mountains at night before burning off. This afternoon, you walk and scramble up the “Morro do Castelo” or castle hill, a most distinctive landmark. From the top, enjoy the sunset before heading down to spend the night at Mrs Lé’s house.

Riverside walking

Today is walking Brazilian style, a full day to enjoy the scenery and take your time to appreciate the peace and quiet of Pati. Follow a very pretty path that winds down through the trees surrounded by the valley crags. Continue along the valley, crossing the river a couple of times before following the rocks of a cascade down to a big pool. Carry on winding along the river valley until you arrive above Casa Masu.

Visit the Blue Pool

Wake up early today as you hike up and out of the Pati Valley. The idea is to get the uphill walking done before the heat of the day so you have breakfast en route. The climb out of the valley is 440m on a decent path taking a couple of hours with stops for photos back down the valley. Visit the Blue Pool. With the sun shining through a hole in the roof of the cave, you'll see the water in the pool below shining bright blue. It's a truly beautiful sight.

Back to Salvador

Set off back to Salvador either by plane or on the comfortable bus, depending on timetables. On arrival you are met by your guide and taken to your hotel in the colonial part of town. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Guided tour of Salvador

Full day to enjoy the city in the company of your guide. Salvador is an amazing place: where Africa really does meet South America. The culture of Salvador is the pride of Brazil. It manifests itself in many different ways from food to art, from traditional dresses to capoeira. The beautiful colonial buildings and churches and the colorful houses form the background to a city literally full of music.

Travel home

Finish your shopping and enjoy a last lunch before you transfer to the airport for your flight back home. Again, please note that international flights are quoted separately.

Note: This is just an itinerary idea and we'll therefore tailor everything to you.

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No roads, no frills, just beautiful hiking punctuated by cooling showers under waterfalls. The mesas, savannah and waterfalls of the Chapada Diamantina are at their best in the wonderfully remote Pati Valley.

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Level of activity

Hiking along the Pati Valley involves 6 days walking in remote landscapes where there are no roads, only mules to carry the load. Maps of the Chapada Diamantina National Park actually mark the houses – Mr Wilson’s house, Mrs Lei’s house, etc. – there are so few of them. It is with these people that you stay during your hike. Conditions are basic: beds in compacted earth floored dorms, meals taken outside on rough wooden tables. To be honest, anything more sophisticated just wouldn’t seem right in this wonderfully isolated valley. What matters is the setting, the warmth of the welcome and the fact that Mr Wilson has a solar powered fridge to keep the beers ice-cold.

The Chapada Diamantina National Park treks themselves vary greatly in length, from 10 to 22km with conditions underfoot generally very good. Depending on the time of year, you will walk along dry riverbeds or alongside streams and rivers. The most challenging aspect of hiking here is the heat of the day, rising to around 30c. Which is what makes the pools, rivers and waterfalls such a wonderful feature of the landscape – stops to refresh yourself are common, and delightful.

Outside of the 4 nights staying in basic houses in the Pati Valley, your nights are spent in very comfortable small hotels of a 3-4* standard.

Temperatures in the Chapada are fairly stable through the year, averaging 23c except June through September when temperatures can drop to the mid-teens. 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.

In Salvador, daytime temperatures are normally high 20s in the day, helped by a light breeze on the higher ground. It rains a good deal, May is wettest with 33cm on average, January the driest with 11cm.

Level of culture

Brazil is a cultural adventure by its very nature. Nowhere is this more powerfully apparent than in the Afro-Latin culture of Salvador. The lovely colonial heart of the city is constantly flooded with exotic colour, music and smells. This part of Brazil is known as Bahia and was the main destination for African slaves brought over to work the sugar plantations. Probably more than anywhere else in the world, the modern culture of Brazil, Bahia in particular, has embraced and celebrates this African heritage as an integral part of the Brazilian identity. Samba drums on one corner compete with Latino guitars and vocals on another.

Travelling inland to the Chapada Diamantina and the Pati Valley, you are in the depths of rural Brazil. Muleteers and farmers living simply in incredibly dramatic surroundings. Our guides in this part of the country help translate and explain the culture as well as the landscapes. In Brazil it always seems to be easy to communicate with people, even without speaking Portuguese.


We have a detailed itinerary for this trip, as set out above. If you would like a copy, please get in touch and we can email it over to you.

Ultimately though, this is a tailor made trip so we would love to have time to talk to you in order to send the most appropriate proposal to you. This trip is based on private services in the Pati Valley though the 6 days of walking are really a fixed component. That said, time can be added at either end, perhaps to have a few days on a peaceful island off the Bahia coast, or see some more of Brazil outside the state: Rio or the Iguassu Falls for instance.

In the form set out above, the holiday price includes internal flights (Salvador-Lencois return), transfers and transport, first class hotel accommodation where available and basic home stay accommodation within the Pati Valley, most meals, portage and guiding. Naturally, on each and every one of our holidays, we include Pura’s expertise, local contacts, support and advice throughout, along with the reassurance of our financial protection and safety auditing.

Flights are quoted separately for this holiday. Best flight routings are to fly in and out of Salvador (airport code: SSA).


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