Tour to Jalapão, the Gem of Brazil’s Cerrado
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Tour to Jalapão, the Gem of Brazil’s Cerrado

Visit Jalapão, the gem of the cerrado. Explore dunes, chapadas (table top mountains), and waterfalls in South America’s largest savanna.

11 Days / 10 Nights
From 2175
* flights not included

Summary

The highlight of this tour of Brazil is Jalapão, a relatively undiscovered area in one of the most overlooked biomes of Brazil. The cerrado is a biodiversity hotspot of savanna and dry forest. You’ll visit the Jalapão state park, a particularly beautiful part of the cerrado with canyons, river beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, and tabletop mountains. A trip here is for those interested in a Brazil adventure and birdwatching. Rest in a comfortable safari camp and embark on long journeys on unpaved roads. In complete contrast to Jalapão, this customizable trip also includes a visit to Brazil’s capital, Brasilia where the modern architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and others can be appreciated, plus time in the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia, famed for its Afro-Brazilian heritage and colonial architecture.

Note: This tour operates only starting Friday in Palmas and ending Thursdays, also in Palmas.

The Jalapão section of this tour is an adventurous trip to a remote region with simple camp accommodation. The region has two distinct seasons. The dry season runs from May to September and there is very little rain, with hot days and cool nights. For about one week in September, there is usually a spell of rain, then dry weather until November. From November to April, the rainy season usually sees a downpour in the middle of the day, with the mornings and evenings mostly dry.

Tour Highlights

  • Kayak on the pristine Novo River

  • Watch the sunset over the Jalapão Dunes

  • Observe the flora and fauna of the cerrado

  • Swim in fervedouros - pools formed by underwater springs

  • Trek to a table top mountain

  • Enjoy the Cachoeira da Velha waterfall

  • Explore the modernist capital, Brasilia & Itiquira Falls

  • Glimpse Brazil’s African heritage in colorful Salvador de Bahia

Included

  • 10 nights accommodation, (6 nights hotels, 4 nights safari camp)
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All tours, transfers and transport, on a mixture of shared and private basis
  • Entrance fees

Not Included

  • Flights - international and domestic
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Day 1Brasilia City Tour

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Fly into Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia. You’ll be met at the airport and driven to your hotel where you stay two nights. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of Brasilia, visiting some of the most famous buildings. The city was founded in 1960 and is a planned city, developed to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro. Brasilia is divided up into areas for particular activities, for examples, the Embassy Sector, Hotel Sector, etc. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of modernist architecture. Your tour will include the TV Tower, Cathedral and several other buildings. There is time to explore further on your own.

Day 2Visit Itiquira Falls

Day 3Transfer to Palmas

Day 4Journey to Jalapão, the Brazilian Cerrado

Day 5Kayak the Novo River & Explore the Jalapão Dunes

Day 6Swim in Natural Springs & Visit the Formiga Waterfall

Day 7Hike Mirante da Serra

Day 8Return to Palmas via Cachoeira da Velha

Day 9Cycling Tour of Salvador de Bahia

Day 10Enjoy a Salvador Cooking Class

Day 11Depart from Salvador

Estimated Tour Price Without Flights

Prices vary according to several factors including: season, number of people traveling, shared vs private excursions, when you book and rooming arrangements. These are from prices based on low season.

We can customize anything for any time of year! Contact us for an exact quote for your trip.

Hotel
Luxury

From 2465 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Royal Tulip Alvorada
  • Salvador da Bahia Pestana Convento do Carmo
Hotel
Superior+

From 2320 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Manhattan Plaza
  • Palmas Hotel Girassol Plaza
  • Salvador da Bahia Sheraton da Bahia
Hotel
Superior

From 2230 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Brasilia Palace
  • Salvador da Bahia Monte Pascoal
Hotel
Standard

From 2175 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Saint Paul Plaza
  • Jalapão Jalapão Safari Camp
  • Salvador da Bahia Solar dos Deuses
Hotel
Luxury

From 2555 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Royal Tulip Alvorada
  • Salvador da Bahia Pestana Convento do Carmo
Hotel
Superior+

From 2410 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Manhattan Plaza
  • Palmas Hotel Girassol Plaza
  • Salvador da Bahia Sheraton da Bahia
Hotel
Superior

From 2320 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Brasilia Palace
  • Salvador da Bahia Monte Pascoal
Hotel
Standard

From 2260 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Saint Paul Plaza
  • Jalapão Jalapão Safari Camp
  • Salvador da Bahia Solar dos Deuses
Hotel
Luxury

From 2795 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Royal Tulip Alvorada
  • Salvador da Bahia Pestana Convento do Carmo
Hotel
Superior+

From 2655 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Manhattan Plaza
  • Palmas Hotel Girassol Plaza
  • Salvador da Bahia Sheraton da Bahia
Hotel
Superior

From 2560 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Brasilia Palace
  • Salvador da Bahia Monte Pascoal
Hotel
Standard

From 2490 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Brasília Saint Paul Plaza
  • Jalapão Jalapão Safari Camp
  • Salvador da Bahia Solar dos Deuses
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