Mixila Trek 3 days

Green deep Canyons with enormous waterfalls.

Cachoeira da Mixila, Capivarí, Poção, Palmital, Capivara  3-day Trekking of the 5 amazing waterfalls

3 days / 2 nights in tent- difficulty level 4/5

Level 4/5

From 880,00 BRL pp or € 144,83 * ( 4-6 participants )


Trek information

3 days

5-7 hours per day

Asphalt road : 10 min first day

Dirt road : 45 min on first day

Start in Lençóis 8:00 Back in Lençóis 17:00

Distance: 32km

2 night in a tent

Top trekking !

Swimming in AMAZING waterfalls

Ecological footprint : Small

Cachoeira da Capivara, Chapada Diamantina, Brazil (1)

Trekking Details

For who?

The Mixila waterfall  trekking is currently the most popular trekking with overnithts in tents.  Disconnect 3 days from the rest of the world and reconnect with yourself and the surrounding nature.

For who ?

This trek is for people who have a trekking experience already. The part of the trail in the canyons where you need to hop over big rocks is advanced, about 3 hours in per day. Other parts of the hike are moderate to easy.  You are in a very good physical condition to face some challenges : steep climbs and descents, taking off shoes to cross rivers, climb over some rocks, walking long distances.  You are not afraid of a real adventure and very basic (nothing) infrastructure.

Your guide may have to change the itinerary depending on the weather conditions.  Some parts can get really tricky or even dangerous.

This description is written for a trekking under normal weather conditions.

Your guide brings cereal bars, fruits and cookies as a snack and makes a lunch with bread, cheese, tomatoes, etc..

Overnight in tents

A night in a tent is an adventure on itself, especially sleeping on top of the giant Poção waterfall.

You sleep in a simple and clean bedroom.

At the campsite, there is no infrastructure at all. No toilets, no chairs, no tables.  It is 3 days back to very basics.

The breakfast and dinner your guide prepares are ALWAYS delicious !  He prepares everything on a few rocks and simple wooden or gas fire.

In the high season there are always other groups of tourists in the canyon and campsite. It is nice to tell stories about your hiking experiences.
In the low season it can happen that we are the only group that overnight at this incredible place.

What to Bring?

Included in the price:

  • Tent
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping matress

Bring of your own:

  • Walking boots or very good shoes with a good sole!
  • Sandals ( for the nights)
  • Sweater ( for the fresh mornings in the winter: 14 to 18 C° )
  • Rain Jacket
  • Medium backpack ( for your own gear + some small food supplies for lunch )
  • Sunscreen ! ! !
  • Hat ! ! !
  • Sunglasses
  • Swim suit
  • Camera
  • Water bottle ( we drink the very clean water of the rivers )
What is Included?
  • Transport Lençóis – Capivara start of the trail ( dirt road, crossing 2 rivers )
  • Equipment ( tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag)
  • Qualified English Guide
  • All food included (2 breakfasts | 3 pick-nicks on trail | 2 dinner at camp site)
Important info
  • Be aware that you will be hiking for 5-6 hours every day if you choose this trek  !
  • Weather conditions : with lots of rain, the trail in the canyon is very dangerous so it can be cancelled if the guide decides
  • To go to the Mixila waterfall you need to hike into a green canyon full of rocks.  It can be too difficult and the guide can decide that arriving is not possible with the group.

Mixila 3 days

Day 1 – Lençóis, Serra do Bode, Cachoeira do Poção, Mixila

From Lençóis, we will drive along the old mining road ( dirt road ) for 45 minutes.   The trail starts with a flat part, but after 20 min there is a very strong ascent, called the subida da Serra do Bode.  You will have beautiful views of the Marimbus swamp. Approximately 2:00 h later we will arrive at the Poçao Waterfall.  This great waterfall offers an incredible swim. 
We leave our backpacks and tent and start the trail.  It is 2 hours at least in total from the Poção to the fantastic Mixila waterfall. The first part of the trail is mostly in the jungle and sometimes over the riverbed.  Every step deeper in the canyon is more difficult and more special.   After 1 hour the canyon walls close and we need to swim at two spots, real adventure!  The last hour is really an adventure as you can wet your feet, walk over big rocks and are deep in the green canyon, it feels like you are on an expedition.

Day 2 – Cachoeira do Capivarí and camping at CapivarA waterfall.

After a strong breakfast for energy, we start the hike by entering the canyon of the Capivari River.   You have time for a swim at this great waterfall.    Today the hike is a lot of rock hopping.   It can be a tough day, because you need to carry your bigger backpack and you need to hop over big rocks in the river bed.
You arrive at the end of the afternoon deep in the national park at the CapivarA waterfall.  You will sleep on top of this big waterfall and swimming place.  It is one of the most special places to camp.

Day 2 – Cachoeira Palmital – Serra do Veneno – Lençóis

Today you pass in the morning at the Palmital waterfall.  It is steep climb from the CapivarA canyon.   From there you start the hike back to Lençóis.  First the trail is still quite difficulut with many little steep climbs and many rocks.  After  2 hours the trail gets less technical and you have all afternoon to hike down to Lençóis.  On the end of the day you pass the Ribeirão river, where you can take a last swim.  Your body will need some rest after 3 intensive hiking and climbing days.


All prices per person ( all incl. )
2 days / 1 night

Price per person
Price per person for 3D/2NPrice per day (info)Price per day (info)
Price when 2 participantsR$ 1250,00 € 206,29 *R$ 416,00€ 68,65 *
Price when 3 participantsR$ 990,00 € 163,38 *R$ 330,00€ 54,46 *
Price when 4-6 participantsR$ 880,00 € 145,23 *R$ 293,00€ 48,35 *
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Why Choose Diamantina Mountains

Small groups, no mass tourism

We make groups at at maximum 7 persons.  We believe bigger groups will have not enough contact with guides.

Best multilingual guides

We work with the best guides ( in our eyes ) of the region.  They all speak very well English and have an extensive knowledge.

Easy booking process in English

At Diamantina Mountains we speak mostly English.  From emails to whatsapp messages, we send you all the info in English.

Personal approach

We try to pick the best tours and trekking for your profile.  We look at the fitness level and personal preferences.

Best price for high standards

We calculate our prices very well with all details.  We believe we offer you great value for your price.

Many great reviews by international travellers

On tripadvisor we have the most international reviews written in English ( no translation ).  All of them are verified.

Although we are not really a trekkers family, we are used to travel, camp and walk. To this profile the four tours we did were perfectly : for a start an exploring afternoon (Devil’s Pool & Pai Inacio), of course the Paty Valley (one day, from the top) and a two day’s tour really finished it off with the Buracão.  All these parts were linked by Pieter’s experienced and entertaining (music, stories) cardriving on asfalt as well as dirtroads

Peter Jorna, Netherlands

We just finished a 3 days trekking with Pieter from Diamantina Mountains in the Patti Valley (about a 2 hours drive from Lençois) and were very fortunate to have him as our tour guide in this remote and stunning area.  Very helpful, encouraging and patient guide, providing us with surprisingly great lunches. Hope to make it once more to this lovely place.

Evelyne D'Haenens

I totally recommend “Diamantina Mountains”! We booked 4 tours with them and everything was amazing.
Peter and Louise acted always in our interest and were very dedicated to satisfy our needs and desires. The prices of the tours are very reasonable and you get a great value for your money.

Mariya Mladenova