Pai Inácio-Barro Branco-Lençóis
Great views, mostly downhill one day hike
Asphalt road : 30 min
Dirt road : if short version 45 min
Start in Lençóis 8:00 Back in Lençóis 17:00
Great for real hikers !
Swimming in waterfalls
Ecological footprint : Small
A great day hike for hikers who love landscapes and like to have very few other tourists on the trails. The hike is mostly downhill and of a moderate difficulty level. It is possible to do different versions of this hike, a short hike (8,4km) , the complete hike (14km), or the complete hike with an extra visit to the Mandassaia waterfall (18km). To visit the Mandassaia waterfall it is much more difficult, as you need to hike in a canyon with big rocks.
What to Bring?
Bring of your own:
- Walking boots or very good shoes with a good sole!
- Sweater ( for the fresh mornings in the winter: 14 to 18 C° )
- Rain Jacket
- Small backpack (15L)
- Sunscreen ! ! !
- Hat ! ! !
- Swim suit
- Water bottle ( we drink the very clean water of the rivers )
What is Included?
- Transport Lençóis – Beginning of the trail ( when choosing the very short hike, there is an extra cost to pick you up in Barro Branco)
- Qualified English Guide
- Pick Nick
- Be aware that you will be hiking for 5-6 hours every day if you choose this trek ! ( depending on which version)
- Weather conditions : with lots of rain, the trail to the Mandassaia waterfall is very slippery so it can be cancelled if the guide decides
- To go to the Mandassaia 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.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike ( with Mandassaia waterfall moderate to difficult)
Suitable for all ages
Time: 30 minutes by car
4h30 ( short hike )
6h ( complete hike )
8h ( complete with waterfall )
8km ( short hike )
14km ( complete hike )
18km ( complete with waterfall )
After a 30 minutes drive on asphalt roads, the car drops you off at the beginning of the trail at around 850m. The trail we walk on is one the two historical access roads to Lençóis. The path is not so popular among most tourists so there is normally quite some vegetation growing over the path, long pants are best to have.
The first half an hour you climb 50m and from then the trail is almost all the time downhill. It is great to be outdoors and look at the huge mountains and rocks of the National park. Another 2 hours hiking over the rocky path and you need to cross a little river.
Then a short ascent brings you to the second part of the hike: Barro Branco. From here you can see the low wetlands and the mountains to the south. Barro Branco is a district to the north of Lençóis where only recently many people started to build houses to live close to the nature. We stop for a swim at the Mandassaia river. You can have lunch at this river or elsewhere in Barro Branco.
After the break we have another 300m to hike downhill to Lençóis, it is about 6km. You have many beautiful landscapes on the way down. You pass in the “Vila do Barro Branco”, this was once a lively town, a few ruins of colonial houses can be found here, but mostly a lot of mango and jack fruit trees. From the vila it is another 1h 30 min till you reach Lençóis. You can visit alternatively a part of the river of Barro Branco to take a swim.
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.
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
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.
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.