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Vale do Pati

Vale do Pati (Brazil)

Practical information on Vale do Pati

  • Relaxation
  • Encounters with locals
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • Waterfall
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
1 or 2 hrs by car from Lençóis
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Vale do Pati

Ariadne M Seasoned Traveller
39 written opinions

Valley crossing the center of the Chapada Diamantina National Park, the trek: the Vale do Pati is a total spiritual chill-out area, but it does also require a considerable physical effort.

My suggestion:
You really need to get a local guide from a local agency to take you around the region. This is a remote and isolated area with virtually no cell phone signal and where you can go for days without seeing another living soul.
My review

The Vale do Pati is considered to be one of the most beautiful trails in Brazil and recently I read (don’t know where, sorry!) that it is one of the most beautiful in the world.

The crossing of the entire valley (vale in Portuguese) takes several days. There are several possible routes from the bigger villages around the valley (generally from the village of Guiné). 

There are several stopping-off places along the way: waterfalls, cliffs, and tiny hamlets consisting of a handful of shacks.

It requires a considerable physical effort to cross the valley and so you need to be in good shape when you set off. There are dozens of miles of dirt track to cover on foot each day in high temperatures and with uneven rocky terrain.

The feeling of being cut off from the outside world is part of the experience.

Starry night over the Vale do Pati
Seasoned Traveller
168 written opinions

A trek in the Chapada Diamantina region, considered to be one the best hikes in the world.

My suggestion:
You can do it alone, but bear in mind that the path is not always marked out. Not knowing the trail, I decided to hire a guide, who I found in Capao. It made the whole experience easier and gave us the chance to see things that we could have missed had we been alone. Certainly the best way to enjoy a perfect walk!
My review

I have to say that my time in La Vale do Patiis one of my favorite memories from my vacation. The landscape is awesome. Huge plains, mountains, waterfalls and a cave that is so atmospheric, it takes you to another dimension...made me wonder if Feng Shui originated here, rather than in China!

The hike generally takes between 3 and 5 days, although you can extend it, if you want. You can camp along the way or stay with locals, who are few are far between, but happy to welcome guests and grateful for the money. It's not easy earning a living here.

Vehicles can't access this area, so you'll find yourself completely shrouded by nature. The plant life is a multi-colored, if not psychedelic, dream. As for the immensity of the landscape, well, it'll take your breath away. Don't expect to spot rare animals (other than some hair-raising insects) - in this part of the country, it's all about the scenery. And when night falls...if you're there during a full moon, you'll be left starry-eyed!

So you can see why I consider this spot to be a must-see during a trip to Brazil even if getting there is a bit tricky. But then again, the fact that it's an isolated region has allowed it to remain a natural, unblemished wonder!

View of the Vale do Pati
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