Chapada dos Veadeiros, which is also known as the Veadeiros tableland, has abundant flora and fauna, with spectacular sceneries of fields and hills, numerous rivers and waterfalls, a panoramic view of the sky and lots of crystals. It is located at the Araí plate, which was created 1.8 billion years ago, and is situated in the oldest geological site in South America.
Day 1 - ARRIVAL/ VALE DA LUA
Arrival, reception and transfer to Alto Paraiso (3 hours). Guided tour to Vale da Lua, an extraordinary moonscape 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 and overnight.
Day 2 – NATIONAL PARK CHAPADA DOS VEADEIROS / CARIOCA FALLS
Morning breakfast and day hike of 6 miles (10km) in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, visiting the spectacular rock gorges, Canion I & II, and the lovely Cariocas waterfalls on the Rio Preto River. 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. Balance of the day at leisure, overnight.
Day 3 - NATIONAL PARK CHAPADA DOS VEADEIROS / RIO PRETO FALLS
Breakfast and 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 it is possible to see a wide range of vegetation typical of the high altitude cerrado. 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, return along a small path shimmering with fragments of quartz crystal. Late Lunch in São Jorge. Balance of the day at leisure, overnight.
Day 4 – COUROS FALLS
Breakfast and transfer to Alto Paraiso, 45 minutes away. Transfer of 57 km, 1:30h drive on off-road roads. 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. The passenger will 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. Balance of the day at leisure and overnight.
Day 5 – SÃO BENTO AND ALMÉCEGAS WATERFALL/ BRASÍLIA
Breakfast and 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 and transfer back to Brasilia, Check in at Kubitschek Plaza Hotel and overnight.
Day 06 – BRASÍLIA
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to the airport in time to take the international flight.
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