Everything in Chapada dos Veadeiros is incredible, I swear to you. The trails, waterfalls and landscapes of the region are wonderful. It is even surreal to know that there are such beautiful places in the world! Paulo and I spent a few days there and we wanted to stay even longer.
I already made a post for you with some essential tips to enjoy this tour and make the most of the walks. If you want to read, just click here. This time I will explain a little about the 10 most amazing trails and waterfalls there!
NOTE: the values mentioned are all referring to 2017, that is, they can be changed depending on when you go!
This trail is located inside the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park (PNCV) and they charge only for parking, which costs 15 reais. Access to the park is only allowed from 8 am until 12 pm, but you can stay there until 6 pm.
The trail is approximately 10km long until Cachoeira da Carioca and the walk is easy in general. Some parts have more stones and you need to make a greater effort to walk between them, but nothing that is too difficult! Paulo and I took about an hour and a half to get to the end of it. From there we went to Canyon II, on a faster hike (less than 1km away), and we came across an incredible view.
The two waterfalls are wonderful, but Cachoeira da Carioca is ideal for spending the afternoon and enjoying the place. Canyon II is even more beautiful, only the place is not as cozy as the first! Ah, the trails are very well signposted, see? Along the way, just follow the arrow of the color of the trail you are doing. In this case, the color was red 😉
Jumping and Rapids Trail
Unfortunately we didn’t have time to do this trail, which is also located in the PNCV. The level of walking is moderate and the trail has an average of 11 km – round trip. It is a little more tiring than the Canyon Trail, because it is not so flat. Despite being a good walk, the final view makes the tiredness worth it! In addition to going through the crystal panning, you will also have a stunning view of the place.
If you are interested in doing this trail, just follow the little yellow arrow. It’s super easy and you can’t get lost.
Crossing the Seven Falls
The Sete Quedas Crossing, as well as the other two above, belongs to the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. It is the most complicated trail in the place and it takes 2-3 days to complete. You can only do this hike in the dry season and have to schedule at least 5 days in advance.
It is almost 24 km long, so only do it if you really like hiking and don’t mind camping in the region. If you are a beginner and are not used to this type of activity, it is recommended that you go with a guide for any problems. Better not take any chances, right?
This is the lightest trail in the PNCV and in an hour and a half you can go back and forth! It is super easy to walk and to reach the end of it just follow the blue arrows. It is less than 1 km long, so the walk is very quiet and great for those who want to end the day with something lighter. This trail is a great option for those traveling with children, pregnant women and / or the elderly, as it does not require much physical effort.
To access the Almécegas trail you must go to Fazenda São Bento. As it is a private property, the owner charges 30 reais per person. It is nothing too absurd, considering that he has to have some money to maintain the place! The trail is light, but it has many uphill and downhill paths, that is, do not go at all with a shoe that slips.
I recommend going there in the morning, arriving at the waterfall around noon, because it is the only time that the sun shines in place. The path is very short, about 1 km, and is well marked. The main attractions of this trail are the Almécegas I and Almécegas II waterfalls, as well as some viewpoints along the way that provide incredible views. The water in the waterfalls was very cold! You have to have the courage to dive into it. In our case, only Paulo entered the water!
Valley of the Moon
This place is one of the most different I have ever seen in my life. It has this name because the ground is full of formations that resemble the surface of the Moon, and it is also full of deep holes. It is amazing to see the rocks and craters there. The entrance cost 20 reais per person and the trail is super fast. It is approximately 600 meters and the walk is simple, without many obstacles.
Entrance is only allowed until 3 pm, so make sure to get there until that time. A very important piece of information: they advise you not to stay there after 5:30 pm, because it is at this time that the snakes in the region begin to leave their dens. Paulo and I arrived just in the nick of time and we had to travel super fast so as not to take any risks. For you not to walk in a hurry, get there early, so you can enjoy the landscape and walk calmly 😉
The city of Cavalcante offers several hiking options, but we only made the trail to Cachoeira de Santa Bárbara. We wanted to go to Vão das Almas, but we didn’t have enough time. If you want to enjoy the region well and have free time, I suggest you spend at least two days there! It is very important that you hire a guide to better locate yourself on the trails, in addition to learning a little more about the community.
Despite the Santa Bárbara trail being a little more difficult because of the rocks and the climbs, the landscape rewards everything. The waterfall is incredible, but you can only stay there for an hour, because the place is small and it would be bad if it got crowded. It is enough to relax and enjoy the crystal clear water of the place.
As for the values, we spent 20 reais to enter the Kalunga community, in addition to the guide price. The entrance to Cachoeira de Santa Bárbara is paid and was R $ 8.50 per person (we were in a group of 8). Ah, transportation to the waterfall area was 10 reais round trip. Departing from Cavalcante you can also visit the Capivara Waterfall, the Rio Prata Waterfalls, the Candaru Waterfall and also the Stone Bridge.
Access to the Loquinhas Trail is via Rua do Segredo, in the city of Alto Paraíso. In this case the trail is well signposted, as well as those of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. It is about 2 km long (round trip) and the walk is very easy. Along the way you will find several stopping points, so it’s nothing too exhausting.
At the end of the trail you are faced with an incredible well: the tonality of the water is amazing! The place is also inside a private property, so to enter you pay around 20 reais. Paulo and I didn’t have time to go there, but it’s definitely a wonderful ride. In addition to the Loquinhas Trail, you can also do the Violet Circuit. Go early if you wanted to do both on the same day!
The Catarata dos Couros is close to Alto Paraíso and the access fee is around 5 reais. The trail is poorly signposted, so I recommend taking the guided route to avoid any risk. The tour can last even one day and the trail is 5 km long. The path is very peaceful and the waterfalls are incredible!
The falls are formed by Rio dos Couros and, in addition, you can also visit Cachoeira da Muralha, São Vicente, Parafuso, Bujão and Cânion dos Couros. One landscape is more surprising than the other and is well worth the visit.
The hike is done in high altitude fields and the landscape is all flowery, as if it had come out of a movie set. Along the way you will come across various vegetations typical of the region and they are charming. Only go if you really like to walk, because it is approximately 18 km of walking. Let there be breath, right?
The reward for so much effort are the views along the entire trail and the waterfalls of the Rio Macaco. As it is a difficult trail and little done by tourists, be sure to hire a guide to accompany you on this adventure. Admission is free, so enjoy and invest that money in a professional who will help you along the trail!
Did you feel like venturing into Chapada dos Veadeiros? Paulo and I love our experience! If you want to watch how the days we spent there were, just click here. Ah, there is also the script with all the places we passed 😉