About the challenge
We follow the remote trails that wind through these beautiful valleys, climbing to viewpoints with breath-taking panoramas over these magnificent surroundings. The days are long and demanding, but the scenery more than makes up for our efforts. We stay in home-stays in the National Park, enjoying the warm welcome from our friendly hosts. After our trek we have time in Salvador, Bahia’s vibrant and easy-going city, where the wonderful old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are miles of beaches.
Part payment option available on this challenge
Dates & prices
|Departs||Days||Charity||Availability||Registration fee||Fundraising target||Payment option|
|04 Mar 2017||10||Open challenge||Spaces||£499||+||£4150||Or||£1850||Book now|
|23 Sep 2017||10||Open challenge||Spaces||£499||+||£4150||£1850||Book now|
|03 Mar 2018||10||Open challenge||Spaces||£499||+||£4250||£1900||Book now|
|22 Sep 2018||10||Open challenge||Spaces||£499||+||£4250||£1900||Book now|
Trek remote deep valleys of stunning National Park
Dramatic scenery of table top mountains, canyons and waterfalls
Time to explore colourful Salvador
Day 1-2: Fly to Salvador and on to Lencois
Day 3-4: Walk through Capao Valley with impressive waterfalls and grassy plains, long challenging day into Pati Valley
Day 5-8: Unforgettable and varied trekking in striking scenery of Pati Valley, spectacular rock formations and natural pools to swim in; back to Lencois
Day 9-10: Fly back to Salvador and on to UK
What makes it demanding?
Longest day’s trek up to 8 hours
Can be hot, but can cool off in natural pools
Steep, strenuous sections onto escarpments
Some rough, rocky conditions underfoot
Stay in remote, rustic homestays
Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
All accommodation is included as well as all flights, transfers, all meals except five or six (depending on flight times) as specified in the itinerary; National Park entry fees and all other sites visited as part of the itinerary. Experienced Discover Adventure leaders and doctor (depending on final group size) are also included, along with a local support crew of porters, guides and drivers.
It does not include personal travel insurance, airline taxes if charged by the airline (capped by Discover Adventure), meals as specified, tip for local crew, entry visa or international departure tax (if applicable). It also does not include any entrance fees to any optional sites or attractions. Remember to allow extra for drinks, souvenirs, sight-seeing in Rio, and other personal expenses. This recommendation is a guideline only. Please note that costs may fluctuate and we have no control over any changes.
We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are most likely to fly with TAP Portugal. However, we don’t always fly with the same airline so this is a guideline only. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.
Accommodation is on a twin-share basis; you will be sharing with someone else on your trek. We stay in home-stays and guesthouses in the National Park, and hotels when in the cities. Our hotels may vary between simple pousadas (guesthouses) and more international-style hotels. Please do not expect hotels to be the same as a tourist hotel in the UK – they may be better in some ways and more basic in others!
All food is included when trekking. The food is great, will give you plenty of energy, and there is plenty of it. Five or six meals (depending on flight times) as specified in the itinerary are not included.
Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we will be in rural areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally when we are in towns or cities and you are free to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit every budget.
Discover Adventure Crew
Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader.
All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly and encourage you when things get tough. The number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group. At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: trekker ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Local Support Crew
Our local support crew is made up of local guides and drivers. Your local guide knows the local area well, and is a great source of knowledge about local customs and lifestyles. Other crew do not always speak much English but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! All our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in this country is considerably lower than ours.
Vehicles take the group to the start of the trek and pick us up at the end. Vehicles or porters carry all luggage, food and water. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with radios and emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind
Preparing for the challenge
We trek through the National Park on varied paths, from clear grass and dirt paths, and some paths paved with slabs. Other areas are rougher underfoot, over rocky or stony ground. There are many uphill and downhill sections of varying gradients, which can be hard in the heat. There are numerous water-crossings.
You will trek approximately 75km on this trip overall. Because of the varied terrain and lack of accurate maps, it’s impossible to give more accurate daily distances. It’s also much more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for, and the terrain! We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.
Clothing & Equipment
We are trekking in a remote region, where we could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. Remember weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.
Chapada Diamantina National Park commonly experiences its own micro-climate influenced by the steep valley walls. It is generally warm, can be humid, with tropical rain-showers common. Don’t worry if it rains while you are trekking – the waterfalls are much more impressive! Altitude has a great effect on temperatures and although Chapada Diamantina lies at an average 1000m, it does vary and may be warmer as you lose height.
Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.
Passport & Visa
A valid ten-year passport is essential; it should be valid for at least six months from date of entry into Brazil. British passport-holders do not need a visa; other nationalities should check entry requirements.
We insist that you have had a Tetanus injection in the last ten years, and recommend protection against Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. A Yellow Fever vaccination is not required for this area of Bahia and Rio; it is however recommended for areas of Bahia further west, so check with your GP. Malaria is low-risk in the areas of Brazil we visit. You should always check with your GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.