Trekking Morro São Jerônimo
Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães Mato Grosso, Brazil

Description of the Tour Route

São Jerônimo Hill is one of the highest peaks in Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park, and has one of the most beautiful and complete views in the region. The first stop in the visit is the Casa de Pedra, a small sandstone cavern sculpted by the Independência River, an affluent of the Coxipó River, which creates the majority of the waterfalls in the park.  We continue along a trail all along the way surrounded by rock formations that seem to take the shape of animals, ships and other objects limited only by the imagination.  The first five kilometers of the trail have a slight incline.  After this, we will pass though a rock passageway that will reveal the view of São Jerônimo Hill.  After crossing a small forest, we will arrive at the foot of the hill.  From there the challenge increases.

Now after a steep incline in the trail, we will scale two small rock faces pulling ourselves up and over the top followed by a gentler trail to the top.  After overcoming the challenges of the trail, we are rewarded with a panoramic view in all directions, from the immense Pantanal Lowlands to the sheer cliff faces and hilltops.  After taking in all the peak has to offer, we return back by the same trail.  We can stop at the Casa da Pedra to bathe in the stream before returning to the city.

What to Bring?

Because the Sâo Jerônimo Trail is 16 kilometers (10 miles), much of which has little or no shade, we make the following recommendations:

  • Footwear that is adequate for wilderness trails.
  • A Sun hat & Sunscreen.
  • Drinking Water.
  • Snacks.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • A Bathing Suit.
  • Binoculars.
  • A Camera, preferably with both Macro and Telephoto Lenses.
  • A Day Pack

Reservations:

This tour departs the city of Chapada dos Guimaraes each day between 8h00 and 11h30 and must leave Parque Nacional  Chapada dos Guimaraes by 17h00.  There is a limit of 36 people per day on the trail, and six per authorized guide.  The reservation must be made, at the very least 24, hours in advance to register the trip with the park.  We need with the full names of the participants as well as their passport numbers & issuing authority for foreigners or full names and CPF numbers for Brazilians.  The price includes transportation from and to the city of Chapada dos Guimaraes.   Because of the level of difficulty participants must sign an acknowledgement of risk form before departing for the trail.  Contact us for pricing and availability for your travel dates or with any other questions.

 

Caverna Aroe Jari & Lagoa Azul
Chapada dos Guimaraes, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Description of theTour Route

The Aroe Jari Cavern is the largest sandstone cavern in Brazil, with almost 1500 meters (500 feet) in length.  It’s name comes from the Bororó language and means “the dwelling-place of the souls.  It is located 46 km from the city of Chapada dos Guimaraes on the Fazenda Agua Fria (Cold Water Ranch).

The tour starts at the reception area of the farmhouse at the ranch. Here we put on the safety equipment and prepare for the hike. We follow the trail through the scrublands to the Ponte de Pedra (Stone Bridge) where there is an excellent lookout over the region.   Then we pass a gallery forest until we reach the first chamber of the cave.

In the first hall we will find a small waterfall originating in the ceiling of the chamber.  Slowly our eyes adjust to the murky light of the cavern and then we are able to explore the details of the hall with our lanterns.  We leave the first chamber in the direction of Boca do Buritizal (Entrance to the Mauritia Palm Forest), whe we encounter the Pedra das Três Pontes (Three Pointed Rock).  Then we enter the Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon Cave).  At the edge of the pool we step down inside and explore the hidden beauties of the surroundings.  Just ahead we encounter the Caverna Kyogo Brado  (Kyogo Brando Cavern) which is approximately 20 meters (65 feet) in height and 500 (1640 feet) meters in length with astounding rock formations.

We return to the starting point where we have lunch and continue by car to the Cachoeira do Relógio (Clock Waterfall) where we have a chance to take a swim.  On the return to Chapada we visit the Mirante do Centro Geodésico (Scenic Overlook at the Geodesic Center of South America).

What to Bring?

 We make the following recommendations:

  • Footwear that is adequate for wilderness trails.
  • A Sun hat & Sunscreen.
  • Drinking Water.
  • Snacks.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Bathing Suit.
  • Binoculars.
  • A Camera, preferably with both Macro and Telephoto Lenses.
  • Rain gear between the months of October and April.

Reservations

This trip is offered daily. Advanced reservations are required. This tour is accompanied by a guide registered with the Ministry of Tourism.  We generally offer private trips, which can be combined with other attractions and lodging to create a tailor-made tour.  You can request a public trip that is open to other participants, in which case the price will be reduced according to the number of persons.   The maximum group size is eight. The trip includes transportation from the city & back.  Special arrangements can be made if you are arriving in Cuiabá on the day of the trip and need transportation to Chapada dos Guimaraes.  Contact us for availability and prices for your travel dates or with any other questions.

 

Véu de Noiva Waterfall
Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimaraes Mato Grosso, Brazil

 

Description of the Tour Route

The Véu de Noiva (Bride’s Veil) Waterfall, the principal Postcard in Chapada dos Guimaraes is located 10 km (6 miles) from the city of Chapada beside the administrative headquarters of the park.

An affluent of the Coxipo River, it drops 86 meters (282 feet).  The immense walls of sandstone create one of the wonders of nature of the Brazilian tablelands.  Originally called the Bocaina do Inferno (Bocaina is derived from the Tupi language, and Inferno means Hell in Portuguese), it was first called “The Bride’s Veil” by the poet Dom Aquino Correa in a tribute to the city.

You can visit the Véu de Noiva any of the year including weekends and holidays from 9h00 to 16h00; however, there is little protection from the sun, and for this reason we recommend that you avoid the heat of the day to visit. There are stretches downhill and uphill along the trail, and because of this you should have adequate clothing and footwear for hiking.

The return to the parking área is by the same route, making the total distance 1100 meters (3600 feet).  The capacity is for 120 visitors at any one time.  Due to the popularity of the site, it is sometimes necessary to wait for a time to enter the gate.  When this occurs, the wait is usually no longer than 30 minutes.  The Parque Nacional Chapada dos Guimaraes  is a weekend hotspot for Cuiabanos looking to escape the heat of the capital.  For this reason, to avoid crowds we recommend that you plan your visit to the park to avoid weekends and Brazilian holidays if possible. You can visit this area without being accompanied by a guide; however, it is also included in our Waterfalls Circuit Tour. Please contact us if you have any other questions.

 

Cidade de Pedras
Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães - Mato Grosso, Brazil

 

Description of the Route

The Cidade de Pedras is located within Chapada das Guimaraes National Park, approximately 28 km (18 miles) from the city of Chapada and in the upper part of the Claro River Valley.  After the last part of the drive on unmaintained dirt roads, we will hike 300 meters to the lookout point at the edge of the cliffs. The route is named “the stone city” because of the gigantesque sandstone walls.  The sublime rock formations are constantly sculpted and transformed by weathering.  It is not uncommon to sight Green-shouldered Macaws flying overhead and hear the shrill cry of the Red-legged Seriema, or see Tapir and Mountain Lion tracks along the trail.  Down below we will observe the tapestry of the Brazilian Savanna divided by the headwaters of the Paciencia and Claro rivers.

What to Bring?

Because access to the Cidade de Pedras is by a series of trails through the scrublands, much of which has little or no shade we make the following recommendations:

  • Footwear that is adequate for wilderness trails.
  • A Sun hat & Sunscreen.
  • Drinking Water.
  • Snacks.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Binoculars.
  • A Camera, preferably with both Macro and Telephoto Lenses.
  • Rain gear between the months of October and April.

Reservations

This trip is offered daily. Advanced reservations are required as you must be registered with the park to enter.  For this we need your full name(s) and passport number & issuing authority for foreigners, or full name & CPF number for Brazilians.  This tour is accompanied by a guide authorized by the park.  We generally offer private trips which can be combined with other attractions and lodging to create a tailor-made tour.  You can request a public trip that is open to other participants, in which case the price will be reduced according to the number of persons.  Because this trip must be made with a four wheel drive vehicle, the maximum group size is six. The trip includes transportation from the city to the park & back.  Special arrangements can be made if you are arriving in Cuiabá on the day of the trip and need transportation to Chapada dos Guimaraes.  Participants should carry their own water or other beverages. Alcohol is not allowed inside the park.  Contact us for availability and prices for your travel dates or with any other questions.

 

 

The Waterfall Circuit

Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimaraes Mato Grosso, Brazil

 

The Waterfall Circuit Tour Route

This route is within Chapada dos Guimarães National Park in an area where you must be accompanied by a guide.  It occurs in the valley of Córrego Independência (Independence Creek) an affluent of the Coxipó River.  As the creek cuts through the park, we will encounter numerous waterfalls and spectacular scenery.  Over geologic time the creek as cut through the sandstandstone and created a small cavern known as Casa da Pedra (the Stone House).

The adventure begins with a visit to the Véu de Noiva (Bride’s Veil) Waterfall, the principal Postcard in Chapada dos Guimaraes, located 10 km (6 miles) from the city of Chapada beside the administrative headquarters of the park.  After this, a trek of approximately 7 km (4.6 miles) round trip, begins on a old service road continued by easy and moderate level trails. After about 40 minutes of hiking we reach the Cachoeira das Andorinhas (Waterfall of the Swallows), where can bathe and rest a little before continuing on the journey.

After our swim, we depart upstream.  The next stop is the Cachoeira da Prainha (Waterfall with the little beach), another delightful place to stop and take a swim.  Just above is the Cachoeira do Degrau (Step Waterfall) where we can have a natural hydro-massage.  Later, we will discover the Cachoeira do Pulo (Leaping Waterfall) where the stream follows a serpentine course through the rocky crevices until we reach a cataract of approximately 3.5 meters (12 feet) unveiling one the  most majestic attractions in the Park.

On the trail once again, we will arrive at the Cachoeira Sete de Setembro (September 7th – Independence Day – Waterfall), our last before returning through the scrublands in the direction of the Casa da Pedra (Stone House), a small sandstone cavern carved out by the Independence Creek.  Legend has it that this places served as a shelter for the Prestes Column during the military uprisings of the 1920s, as well as for fugitive slaves.  Nowadays it is inhabited by bats and other small animals that use it for shelter.

What to Bring?

Because access to the Waterfall Circuit is by a series of trails through the scrublands, much of which has little or no shade we make the following recommendations:

  • Footwear that is adequate for wilderness trails.
  • A Sun hat & Sunscreen.
  • Drinking Water.
  • Snacks.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • A Bathing Suit.
  • Binoculars.
  • A Camera, preferably with both Macro and Telephoto Lenses.
  • A Day Pack

Reservations

This trip is offered daily. Advanced reservations are required.  Because our tours are accompanied by a bilingual guide authorized by the park, we generally offer private trips which can be combined with other attractions and lodging to create a tailor-made tour.  You can request a public trip that is open to other participants, in which case the price will be reduced according to the number of persons.  The maximum group size is eight with any one guide. The trip includes transportation from the city to the park & back and light refreshment.  Special arrangements can be made if you are arriving in Cuiabá on the morning of the trip and need transportation to Chapada dos Guimaraes.  Participants should carry their own water or other beverages. Alcohol is not allowed inside the park.  Contact us for availability and current prices or with any other questions.

 

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