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Mine & Emeralds Tour
 

 

3  nights   Children Friendly Featured, pleasant property Each City Package includes transfers and the must-do-tours and was carefully selected and negotiated for you. All participating service providers have been chosen for their quality service. So, unless you have specific plans, trust us. It's all prepared. Should you stay extra nights, book the city package and add hotel. Price Busters

Interest:
Adventure
Mineral





Proposal
 
 
 
Visit a goldcamp and an emerald mine in Carnaíba, a 600 mile time travel in the mountains of Bahia. A 600 mile time travel in the mountains of Bahia.
The visit to mines is optional and we need you to require it in advance. All the mines are still working, so we can not guarantee that it will always be possible to visit, but till now it always worked out. Everybody is accompanied by a mine-worker.
Once you have seen how difficult it is to find emeralds, you will understand why those stones are among the most valuable in the world.
This tour is available on Tuesdays morning only and is recommended for those who are apt to Ecoadventures of level 2-Vigorous. Participants should be, at least, a bit athletic minded and enjoy nature - that is what makes eco-tourism such a rich experience.
 
Proposal
 
1 Day - Salvador / Jacobina

You will be picked up at your hotel, at 7h00, and depart towards Jacobina, a 200-mile trip, with a small coffee break.
You will reach the city around midday and check-in at Serra do Ouro pousada.
You will drive to the waterfalls through 15 miles of simple road offering many unusual impressions and a wonderful landscape.
After one and a half hour ride and 3000 feet of walking, you will reach the 200 feet high waterfall. The spring water is very healthy and contains lots of iron.
Snacks and soft drinks will be served while you have 1-hour time for a rest or for a cool bath.
On your way back, if there is time left, you can visit a traditional Cachaça destillery, where they also produce Rapadura, a sweet made of sugar-cane.
You will enjoy the sunset from one of the hills nearby, with a wonderful view on the town.
After another break in the hotel, for those who wish, you will go to a restaurant where you can try out the specialities of the region.
Meal: lunch-box.
Overnight at lodge.
 
2 Day - Jacobina

After breakfast, visit the goldcamp (approximately 5 miles), where gold is prospected just like hundreds of years ago.
You will enjoy the magnific view after climbing up a small hill of about 300ft.
By midday, you will have a lunch-box and soft drinks.
Return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. If you want, you can visit another waterfall or some other sights.
Meals: breakfast and lunch-box.
Overnight at lodge.
 
3 Day - Jacobina/Carnaíba/C. Formoso

After breakfast and check-out, you will drive to Carnaíba (approximately 45 miles).
It is a wonderful trip on simple roads along some small rivers and crossing little villages. You will already be able to see the gemstones in the rocks. All types of quartz and granite are beside the road and the river. Some of the worlds biggest chrome-mines are here nearby.
In Carnaíba you will first discover the town. There are hundreds of emerald-mines, more than 1000ft deep.
This tour will also help the locals, as you will make a collection for a local school. You will be invited to join them and visit the teachers and the school.
In this town everything is turning around emeralds and you will feel the tension and excitement of having "all or nothing" in just one day.
You will receive a lunch-box and some soft drinks.
Here the whole family is working in or nearby the mines. From the kids to grandma, everybody is living from emeralds. They work hundreds or hours to find a small green transparent Beryl.
If you want, you can go down into one of the mines - at your own risk!
During the time when some of you are in the mines, the others can have a small break or walk around.
Later on you will drive to Campo Formoso. The view is wonderful although the road is very simple (approximately 25 miles).
In Campo Formoso you will visit a jemcutter workshop where the emeralds are cut.
Following, as the region is full of biots, you will visit a sculpture school.
After this eventful day, you will drive to JBS Palace, a three stars and nice hotel.
The rest of the day will be at leisure.
Meal: breakfast and lunch-box.
Overnight at lodge.
 
4 Day - Campo Formoso / Salvador

Breakfast.
Leisure morning and check-out.
Return to Salvador - 260 miles.
Meal: breakfast.
 
 
Observation
Important remarks:
1. The below mentioned rates are per person.
2. This package is not available during Christmas, New Years, Carnival and Holidays.
3. You should not be claustrophobic or be afraid of humidity or dirt!
4. Helmets, gloves and shoes will be there. So, please inform us about your shoe size when you are booking this wonderful journey. We recommend you to use long trousers and a shirt with long sleeves.
5. Besides good shoes, you will also need sun and mosquito protector. Do not forget your swimwear.

The package includes:
* Transportation as described (4x4 vehicles);
* Accommodation in lodge or rustic hotel during 3 nights;
* Meals (3 breakfasts and 3 lunch-boxes) as mentioned in the program;
* Soft drinks will accompany the lunch-boxes;
* Activities and entrance fees as described;
* Well trained bilingual (English, German or Portuguese) expedition leaders equipped with first aid supplies.

Not included in the package:
* Airport taxes and air tickets;
* Personal expenses or extras;
* Mines visits;
* Drinks.