INCLUDED: transfers, tours, accommodations, meals (B) 5 breakfast, (L) 5 lunch, (D) 1 dinner
Day 1: Brasília – Alto Paraíso (L, D)
Arrival at airport in Brasilia (up to 10 am). Transfer from Brasilia to Alto Paraiso (3 hours). Lunch in Alto Paraiso. Guided tour to Vale da Lua, an extraordinary moon-scape of rock sculpted by the force of the São Miguel river. Transfer to São Jorge, 25 miles (38 km) away, and check-in to your chosen pousada. Visit to the relaxing hot springs at nearby Agua Quente. Dinner in São Jorge.
Day 2: Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park – Cariocas Falls (B, L)
Breakfast at the pousada in São Jorge. Day hike of 6 miles (10km) in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, visiting the spectacular rock gorges, Canyon I & II, and the lovely Cariocas waterfalls on the Rio Preto river. We will stop for a picnic lunch and on the walk we will pass through a range of high-altitude cerrado landscapes with its distinct flora and fauna. Late Lunch in São Jorge.
Day 3: Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park – Rio Preto Falls (B, L)
Breakfast at the pousada in Sao Jorge. Day hike of 5 miles (8km) in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. The circuit follows an old miners’ trail passing by the quartz crystal mines that gave rise to the settlement of São Jorge. Along the way you will see a wide range of vegetation typical of the high altitude cerrado. We will stop for a swim and hydro-massage beneath the Pedreiras waterfall, one of the main attractions of the National Park, set in the rocky valley through which Rio Preto tumbles in a series of cascades and natural swimming pools. After a picnic lunch you will return along a small path shimmering with fragments of quartz crystal. Late Lunch in São Jorge.
Day 4: Cataratas dos Couros (B, L)
Breakfast at the pousada in São Jorge.Transfer to Alto Paraiso, 45 minutes away, to your chosen pousada. Transfer of 57 km, 1:30h drive on off road roads. We’ll visit the most impressive Chapada dos Veadeiros waterfalls complex, Couros Falls, Walking approximately 1.5 kilometers bordering the Rio Couros to the top of the canyon, where the river falls into several plates, inside of a huge canyon with approximately 300m down, forming several waterfalls and pools. We’ll descend until the middle of the falls, where it is possible see above and below the complex. Return to Alto Paraíso on afternoon.Late Lunch in Alto Paraíso.
Day 5: São Bento and Almécegas waterfall (B, L)
Breakfast at the pousada in Alto Paraiso. Visit to the São Bento farm, walking about 1.5 miles (2.5. km) to the lovely Almecegas 1 waterfall with its 150 ft (50 m) drop and then on to the smaller Almecegas 2 waterfall for a refreshing dip in the large natural swimming pool. Lunch in Alto Paraiso. Transfer to Brasilia (3 hours) to afternoon fligh.