“Ecotourism is a form of responsible travel in natural areas that contributes to the protection of the environment and the well-being of local populations”

Tatu na Trilha” is a local ecotourism agency that caters for both Brazilian and English-speaking clients and is certified by the Brazilian Technical Standards Organization (ABNT) to operate trekking/hiking tours in the national park. The selected tours have been designed to guarantee you a rich and rewarding experience within the wonderful natural landscape, flora and fauna of the Chapada Diamantina National Park. The Director of the Agency and INSA Engineer, Claude Samuel, served as Vice-Chair of the National Park Advisory Board and has been living in Brazil for over twenty years.

A comfortable express bus will take you from Salvador to either Lençois or on to Palmeiras, where a shuttle to Capão will drop you in the village in front of the Tatu Feliz pousada. See item transportation for more details.

Options:

A trekking tour to Pati Valley leaving from Capão. A physically active trek, involving two nights lodging in a valley resident’s house within the National Park. Luggage can be left at the agency during the tour.
“Discovering Chapada” day trips involve trekking in the day and returning each evening to your lodging in either Lençois or Capão.
A diverse tour of the southern Chapada region staying in the beautiful town of Mucugê.
A combo trip from the mountains of the Chapada to the beach at Diogo, 50 miles up the coast from Salvador. Choose one of the Chapada tour options followed by chill-out time on the beach, staying in Diogo village. A six-day option for a real taste of Bahia.
A two-day trek crossing the valley from Lençois to Capão, including the Fumaça Waterfall. Lodging is in Capão.
PATI VALLEY - CHAPADA DIAMANTINA

CALENDAR

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PRICES/PERSON

Your reservation is confirmed upon payment of a deposit of 50% of the value of your tour with the balance paid at the agency.


3 day trekking tour to Pati Valley

2 nights at local resident’s houses inside the National Park

240 €

6-8 people

270 €

for 3-5 people

310 €

2 people

Price includes:English speaking guide, 3-day trek; 2 nights in homestay accommodation with breakfast and dinner; 3 picnic lunches; Ecotrip accident insurance; two-way transfer between the village of Capão and the start of the trek. Note that luggage can be left at the agency during the trek.

It is requested that you arrive in Capão the day before the departure of the trek in order to undergo a briefing with your guide and run through safety procedures and national park guidelines. Price of accommodation at Pousada Tatu Feliz.


Introduction to Pati Valley: 2-day Trek

1 night at a local resident’s house inside the National Park

190 €

6-8 people

210 €

for 3-5 people

240 €

2 people

Price includes: local transportation, English speaking guide, 1 night in homestay accommodation, accident insurance and meals (except dinner on day 2).
Possibility of arrival the morning of the departure (bus leaving at 23.00 from Salvador the previous day). Briefing on site.


Fumaça Waterfall

and Riachinho waterfall

40 €

6-8 peaple

50 €

3-5 people

60 €

2 people

Price includes: local transportation, English speaking guide, entrance fees on site, picnic lunche.


Discovering the Chapada Diamantina

3 days / 2 nights | Accommodation in Capão

230 €

6-8 people

270 €

3-5 people

320 €

2 people


280 €

6-8 people

320 €

3-5 people

360 €

2 people

Price includes: english speaking guide, two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, 2 picnic lunches for day 1 and 3, excursions mentioned by car or on foot, entrance fees on sites, accident insurance. Excludes lunch on the second day as well as dinner and drinks.


Discovering the Chapada Diamantina

3 days / 2 nights | Accommodation in Lençois

240 €

6-8 people

270 €

3-5 people

320 €

2 people


280 €

6-8 people

320 €

3-5 people

360 €

2 people


Option without accommodation
The agency vehicle picks you up at your hotel/pousada.

190 €

6-8 people

210 €

3-5 people

260 €

2 people


Option in 2 days / 1 night: (days 2 and 3)

170€

6-8 people

190 €

3-5 people

240 €

2 people

Price includes: english speaking guide, two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, picnic at the Fumaça, lunch at the restaurant by the caves, excursions mentioned by car or on foot, entrance fees on sites, accident insurance. Excludes lunch on the first day as well as dinner and drinks.


South of the Chapada Diamantina

2 days / 1 night

Accommodation in Mucugê – Pousada Pé de Serra

250 €

for 3-5 people

290 €

2 people

Price includes:vehicle plus English speaking guide + site entrance fees, accident insurance and 1 night accommodation. Excludes lunches, dinner and drinks.


Chapada Tour and Diogo Beach

6 days / 5 nights

Accommodation in Chapada + Toocool

380 €

6-8 people

410 €

3-5 people

450 €

2 people

Price includes: Chapada Tour + bus tickets Between Chapada and Salvador, taxi between Salvador and Diogo and 3 nights at the Pousada Too Cool.


Crossing the valley from Lençois to Capão

2 days / 1 night

Accommodation in Capão – Pousada Tatu Feliz

150 €

6-8 people

170 €

3-5 people

200 €

2 people

Price includes:  English speaking guide, internal transportation, picnic lunch on both days, accident insurance, 1 night in Capão and return to Lençois by shared taxi + bus.


Looking for accomodation in Capão Valley?

Have a look at Pousada Tatu Feliz’s rooms.

OUR SAFETY COMMITMENT


Our agency adheres to the ABNT 15331 safety standard. This standard relates to the security management system for trekking in the Pati Valley and has the following objectives:

  • Identification of risks for all co-workers and clients to minimize the possibility of accidents.
  • Respect for the standards established by the National Park specifications. Particular attention is given to waterways that are traversed during the tours.
  • Respect for the existing environmental legislation.
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HOW TO GET HERE – TRANSPORTS


Bus terminal of Salvador, destination Seabra, stop at Palmeiras.

From Salvador or Lençois to Palmeiras Return from Palmeiras to Lençois or Salvador
Salvador Lençois Palmeiras Palmeiras Lençois Salvador
07h 13h 14h 6h40 07h30 14h50
13h 19h 20h 12h25 13h15 20h20
17h 22h25 23h 22h40 23h30 06h20
23h 05h 05h40

In Palmeiras, shared taxis wait for passengers at the bus stop (with the exception of the 00:30 arrival) and take them to the Capão Valley on a 40 min drive, dropping them at Pousada Tatu Feliz, in front of the agency. Charge is R$15 per person each way (assuming the car is full).

There is an option of private transport from Palmeiras to Capão Valley for €40

Purchase bus tickets directly on the site www.busbud.com/en in English; at the Salvador Bus Station (Rodoviaria) with either Real Expresso Company or Rapido Federal; or at the agency “Shopping Tour” inside ‘Shopping Barra’ mall, Barra district of Salvador. Its around €25 each way. We recommend purchasing tickets at least 24 hours in advance.

We can order your tickets for you to collect at the counter of Real Expresso Company (on the first floor of Salvador’s bus terminal, where the ticket offices are) on the day of your departure. They will be given to you on presentation of your passports; it will be easier if you state: “já temos passagens reservadas”. The ticket price is then €33. You can buy your return tickets directly from the Real Expresso offices in Lençois or Capão.

• Lençois – Capão Valley
Outbound: bus to Palmeiras (at 05am, 1pm, 7pm and 11pm) then shared taxi to Capão Valley (R$15 approx, if full).
Return: shared taxi to Palmeiras then bus to Lençóis (at 6.00, 12.15 and 22.30)

Chapada Diamantina – Boipeba and Morro de São Paulo.
Bus from Palmeiras (22.30) or Lençois (23.30) to Feira de Santana (arrival at 4.45) then direct bus to Valença (4 hours journey – with Santana bus company) from 5.30
Boats for Morro (every hour) or “lancha Garça Branca” (fast boat) for Boipeba (10.00 and 12.00 – 1 hour journey). Return Boipeba-Valença: 7.00, 9.00, 12.00 and 16.00
Booking via internet: www.islandtour.com.br

Take the BR 324 from Salvador to Feira de Santana, then the BR 242 to Palmeiras then follow 20km of dirt road to the Capão Valley. The journey takes around 6 hours.

Airport Horácio de Mattos (Tanquinho) is 60 km from Lençois. Flight from Salvador with Azul Linhas Aereas. Two weekly flights on Thursday and Sunday returning on Wednesday and Saturday at a reasonable price (around R$220 one-way). Flight is 40 minutes. There is also a Belo Horizonte-Lençois flight on the same days. Possibility of organizing an airport transfer to the Chapada Diamantina: Capão Valley (R$350) or Lençois (R$100)

CAPÃO VALLEY


Capão valley, 50 km from Lençois, was a long time strategic base for diamond researchers working in the surrounding mountains between 1860 and 1930. The end of the diamond cycle saw the emergence of an economy based on coffee and banana plantations. The 1980s, which saw the arrival of people from larger Brazilian cities looking for a life closer to nature, has gradually transformed the valley. Several communities working with small scale farming and seeking a spirituality linked to nature blossomed whereas the 1990s brought tourism and new opportunities for all the residents. These communities successfully proposed courses of all kinds, ranging from natural medicine to shamanic retreats.

Coupled with this a wider community movement is currently working on a sustainable development model that allows for the growth of the local economy while preserving the ecological and social balance of the valley. The choir, the circus school run by a Frenchman and the theatre group liven up the evenings in the village. Many Brazilian, South American and European artists have chosen to live there, giving the village something of a Bohemian feel, an easy-going atmosphere in which several different languages ​​can be heard. The village of Caete-Açu has adapted to these changes without losing its identity and Capão Valley can today count on over two thousand inhabitants.