Chapada Diamantina & Pantanal Adventure



Chapada Diamantina & Pantanal Adventure

Chapada Diamantina National Park is a nature reserve in Brazil’s eastern State of Bahia. The park lies in the elongated Sincorá Range, known for its sharp cliffs, waterfalls and limestone caves. Lençóis, a former diamond-mining town in the north, is a good entry point. Igatu in central Chapada, with beautiful scenery, has stone houses from the golden mining era. Palmeiras is the gateway to the Vale do Capão, and Cachoeira da Fumaça, smoke waterfall, that evaporates before reaching the ground.

This is an exclusive tour designed for nature lovers and includes Pantanal and Amazon, the two most beautiful regions of the Amazonia. Travel to Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, with elements of the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforests, the Brazilian Savanna and the Paraguayan Chaco. Next to Lençóis town known for its cobblestoned streets, pastel coloured colonial buildings and small churches. The main activity here is walking and swimming in the cool waterholes.

And, experience Amazon rainforest and the great wildernesses of Pantanal.

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout South America.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • Lapa, Rio's nightlife hotspot is closed on Sundays and Mondays.  
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • Our Brazil tours easily combine with touring other destinations in South America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Chapada Diamantina & Pantanal Adventure Pantanal  – Amazon – Chapada Diamantina
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Campo Grande/ Pantanal Meet and greet on arrival at the Campo Grande airport and transfer to Caiman Lodge - 4 hour transfer to Pantanal lowlands. In the afternoon, take a guided hike on the many trails in the surrounding areas of the lodge.
Overnight at Caiman Ecological Refuge (D)

Day 2 – Safari Circuit
Pantanal Today you will be taken on specially adapted vehicles, to the most distant places of the farm. During the photographic safari, it is possible to observe the peculiarities and contrasts of the vegetation, as well as a large variety of animals. One of the highlights is when the caimans are spotted, whose eyes present impressive red reflex.
Overnight at Caiman (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Caiman Tour
Pantanal Today we will visit the research centre and school and Environmental Interpretation Centre. The final destination is the Paizinho’s bridge to observe the Spectacled Caimans. In the afternoon take a Canadian Canoe in the bays of the ranch. The guests row in three-seat Canadian canoes and contemplate the nearby vegetation and water birds. It is also a good opportunity to listen to many local sounds and admire the fantastic Pantanal sunset.
Overnight at Caiman (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Transfer
Manaus Transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus via Brasilia. Arrival in Manaus and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Tropical Manaus (B)

Day 5 – Anavilhanas Islands
Amazon Rain Forest Early transfer to Anavilhanas Lodge in the Amazon Jungle. The Anavilhanas Lodge brings the comforts of civilization deep into the rainforest for your comfort and enjoyment.

The activity list includes a boat tour through the many lakes and islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago, with chances of spotting wild life. With your private guides, trek through the forest who will reveal some of the mysteries of the Amazon Jungle. Or relax on the white sanded beaches that appear in the middle of Rio Negro during the dry season, September through April.
Overnight at Anavilhanas Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Anavilhanas Islands
Amazon Rain Forest Today we will take a two-hour hike through the forest watching and learning the local flora and fauna. After lunch we will have the opportunity to watch and maybe swim with the Amazonian Dolphins and later try our luck with Piranha fishing. Evening lecture on the Amazon region.
Overnight at Anavilhanas Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Anavilhanas Islands
Amazon Rain Forest Early morning bird watching adventure followed by breakfast. Visit the handcraft emporium and naval shipyard. Visit typical local houses in the Tiririca community and appreciate the local culture and environment. Free evening to explore the Lodge facilities.
Overnight at Anavilhanas Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Transfer
Salvador Morning transfer back to Manaus for your flight to Campo Grande. The journey by boat and van takes about 3 hours. A hydroplane that can take upto 8 passengers and 35 mins can be arranged. Arrive in Salvador airport and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Salvador (B).

Day 9 – Transfer
Chapada Diamantina Road transfer from Salvador to Lençois. Arrival at Lençóis and transfer to your hotel and if there is time, watch the sunset from the top of Morro do Pai Inácio (Father Inácio). It can be a bit of an effort to go up this hill but it is well worth it!
Overnight in Lencois (B)

Day 10 – Snorkelling or Kayaking
Chapada Diamantina Almost 1.6 million years ago, Chapada Diamantina (Diamond Plateau) had been a plateau; until tectonic upheaval created the cordilleras of mountains we see today, eroded by wind and water to form red striated bluffs and craggy limestone escarpments honeycombed with caves, potholes and underground rivers.

One of these, the Rio Pratinha, forms the freshwater lake where you will have your Cousteau moment. In the Chapada Diamantina playground, anyone can go snorkelling in the caves – or potholing, or kayaking, or hurtling on a zip wire from one side of Pratinha lake to the other. At the Gruta Azul (Blue Grotto), shafts of sunlight combine with magnesium in the water to make it appear vivid turquoise at certain times of day. In the Lapa Doce Cave, you can hike underground with a guide waving a miner's lamp, marvelling at stalactites and stalagmites.
Overnight in Lencois (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Marimbus Canoe tour
Chapada Diamantina In Chapada Diamantina, water mostly flows in immense underground layers or sparkles on the earth's surface in streams which often drop from sedimentary rock heights to form some of Brazil's most beautiful waterfalls. There is one area, however - Marimbus - where it spreads over mile after mile of marshy terrain - the only wetlands in Chapada.

Often dubbed the "Pantanal of Chapada Diamantina", the area is rich in fish and good for birdwatching. Abundant floating plants include water lilies and Salvinia biloba (known in Brazil as ‘jaguar ears"). The Marimbus area is also rich from a cultural and historical perspective, with historical towns like Remanso dating back to the diamond mining cycle. We will spend the day here swimming and picnic.
Dinner and overnight at Pousada Pedras de Igatu (B, Lunch Box, D)

Day 12 – Poço Azul Cave
Chapada Diamantina The caves with crystal clear water wells are one of the most unique attractions in the Chapada Diamantina. The beauty of the locations is formed by the combination of transparency and blue water reflection that in a period of the year earn a natural phenomenon that makes them even more fascinating. During the fall and winter due to the position of the sun, the sun's rays penetrate the caves and go through the wells, forming a beam in incredible turquoise blue light that illuminates further its colours. We will visit the Poço Azul cave for snorkelling in the natural pool. After lunch   transfer to Igatu.
Overnight at Pousada Pedras de Igatu (B, Lunch Box, D)

Day 13 – Transfer
Salvador Transfer to Lençóis and then transfer to back to Salvador. Arrive in Salvador and transfer to the hotel or airport. Extend your stay and enjoy the local culture or transfer to Rio de Janeiro.
Overnight in hotel of your choice (B)

Day 14 – Depart
Rio de Janeiro Transfer to Rio de Janeiro and extend your stay to stay here and enjoy the beaches or connect with onward flight.

Chapada Diamantina & Pantanal Adventure Brazil

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.

When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. In January, the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April temperatures begin to decline and by May, Pantanal enters its dry season. June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight.

August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.