This exciting 14-day ‘Trek Brazil’ adventure combines city tours of Salvador and Manaus with a Chapada Diamantina trek and an Amazon cruise. Perfect for active couples and friends, and fit families with teenage kids, the featured activities and accommodations can be tailored to suit your personal wishes. The tours are conducted on a private basis (private transport with a private guide), while the cruise portion is on a shared basis with other passengers.
Your adventure begins with a tour of Brazil’s former colonial capital, Salvador, and its historic city center, Pelourinho. This old quarter has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its exceptional collection of 17th- and 18th-century colonial buildings, the finest such assembly in South America. This is where you’ll find Salvador’s most beautiful churches and monasteries, built at a time when Brazil was the source of Portugal’s riches, and the plentiful gold was lavished on the colony’s religious buildings. The finest and most opulent of the city’s churches is São Francisco, built in the early 1700s and filled with intricate carvings covered in gold.
Explore the Chapada Diamantina National Park
Transfer to Lençóis and the neighboring Chapada Diamantina, which is one of Brazil’s most popular destinations for outdoor adventures and home to mountain peaks that span for miles, underground lakes, waterfalls, forests and cave complexes with brilliant blue clear water. Disconnect from the world for three days and immerse yourself in nature.
Ascend to the top of Pai Inácio Peak; explore the Pratinha Grotto, the aquamarine waters of the Blue Lake Grotto and the otherworldly landscapes of the Lapa Doce Grotto. Visit the Cauldrons of Serrano, where mini lagoons and springs form a natural spa. Marvel at the Salon of Colored Sands, a place full of gigantic blocks of sandstone of multiple colors.
Gasp at the Halley Well and follow the river to the Primavera Falls. Bathe in the clear waters of the Cachoeirinha, a pool created by millions of years of water flowing out from the rocks. Make the challenging hike to the Sossego Waterfall, neatly hidden among the rocks and above the large lake into which it flows. Refresh and revitalize before stopping at Ribeirão do Meio, to slide down the naturally formed chute into the lake at the bottom. If you love hiking, water, and the outdoors, then you’ll love this experience.
Your Amazon River cruise
Tour the historic jungle city of Manaus and learn about its rise and fall during the rubber boom era, and then step aboard the wooden, 8-cabin Jacaré-Açu, for an exciting cruise during which you’ll explore parts of the Anavilhanas archipelago. Ride on a motorized canoe through the islands and lagoons, and keep your eyes peeled for river dolphins, herons, egrets, macaws, parrots, caciques, oropendolas, and jacamars. Head to the Madadá Observatory for a spectacular lookout over the Rio Negro.
Hike through virgin rainforest to Madadá Caves and stop by an Amazon farmhouse to learn about local customs, farming techniques, and crops. Cool off with a dip in the Rio Negro. Cruise through the Rio Negro State Park and try your hand at fishing for piranha. Follow the Rio Jaú, a river of mirror-like waters, see the igapó forest and canoe through the Jaú National Park looking for giant otters, and later caiman and nocturnal animals after dark.
Meet and interact with the indigenous community of Aturia and gain an insight into their traditional lifestyle in the Amazon. Continue to Novo Airão and jump at the opportunity to swim with the elusive pink river dolphins. End with a city tour of Novo Airão, to see the shipbuilding, the craftsmanship, and other attractions of this Amazon River town.