- Encounters with locals
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Sustainable Tourism
- Off the beaten track
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.
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!