I have traveled all over the world, almost always on my own. That is why I am aware that the details are an essential part of the great personal experience of each trip.
Travel with me
If you want to live it for yourself, I invite you to come with me, because I will take care of everything so you can enjoy it. People who have shared their trips with me previously tend to repeat … and that’s a source of pride for me!
Get Carried Away
Discover with me those places that are not included in the mainstream tours. Get carried away and immerse yourself in the culture and nature of Indonesia, India or Brazil, among other destinations.
Bali: August 15-31th – Cancelled
Our route combines visits to monumental heritage (it is said to have more than 10,000 temples) with its beautiful natural landscapes dominated by rice paddies, volcanoes and unique beaches, where we will dive under the sea among the stingrays.
Indonesia: Bali, Flores & Komodo – Juny 6-21th – Cancelled
INDONESIA: Bali, Flores & Komodo – Cancelled From Juny 6th to 21th, 2020 Indonesia brings together a whole world of islands and cultures, different from each other, and each one more surprising and exotic. Due to its cultural and natural diversity, is one of the best destinations to enjoy a great trip. Our route for this […]
Indonesia: Bali, Flores & Komodo – July 18th – August 2nd – Cancelled
INDONESIA: Bali, Flores & Komodo – Cancelled From July 18th to August 2nd, 2o20 Indonesia brings together a whole world of islands and cultures, different from each other, and each one more surprising and exotic. Due to its cultural and natural diversity, is one of the best destinations to enjoy a great trip. Our route for […]
Brazil: April 4 to 19, 2020 – Cancelled
BRAZIL – April 4 to 19, 2020 – Cancelled From April 4 to 19, 2020, it will be the second turn of the 2020 season to discover the most natural and authentic, lush and magical Brazil. In our trips, we try to achieve two goals: immersion in nature, respecting and admiring it; and contact with the […]
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‘Bicho do Mato’: the guardians of the Chapada
Leo is our guide on some routes of the Chapada Diamantina (Bahia, Brazil). He is part of the Bicho Do Mato Association, which combines ecotourism with fire fighting, environmental protection and social work with local communities People who arrive in Chapada Diamantina (Brazil) immerse themselves in a natural paradise that forever changes their way of seeing the world. A paradise that, however, lives under the threat of fires, deforestation, loss of native species and, in short, the devastating effect of human hands. The groups that discover the State of Bahia with Travel Karuna are aware with the importance of respecting the natural environment. Especially when they visit regions such as the Chapada Diamantina Natural Park, a protected area of 152,000 hectares that must be visited with a specialized guide. We always prefer the guides of the Bicho Do Mato Association, and we want to explain why. Leo is our trusted expert. His great physical preparation is a guarantee that the trekking route will run safely for the group. Further, we love his deep knowledge of the environment. From his hand, we will know the particularities of certain trees or birds; the reason for some geological formations; the legend that hides each waterfall; the life that growns in this bend of the river… Leo he passes on his passion for the Chapada Diamantina, his vocation for a place that is seriously threatened by a tremendous danger: deforestation. The increase in forest fires in the Amazon region is a well-known environmental problem (it grew by 30% in 2019 until 90,000 fire focus, according to National Space Research Institute of Brazil). But that risk is shared by all natural regions of Brazil, including the Chapada Diamantina. And the local populations are the best to deal with it. The members of the Bicho Do Mato Association are part of the Voluntary Brigade of Prevention and Fight against Forest Fires. As they explain on its website, they work together with the Chapada Diamantina National Park Association fighting fire in sensitive areas of environmental protection, and also – and very important – raising awareness and educate on how to prevent it, both to the visitors as well as the local population, with important actions in schools and associations in the area. These actions include the management of forest nurseries in which they cultivate Atlantic Forest and Caatinga species, in addition to registering the forest species of these biomes in the district of Ibicoara. That work allows them to classify this species as forest heritage and, therefore, to improve their legal protection. Care of the environment also serves as a starting point to undertake cultural and development projects, for example, working with recycled materials to make puppets and circus juggling, with which they produce theatrical shows that carry their message to the general public of their territory. Supporting initiatives such as this association is very important for Travel Karuna. We learn from these guides and, in addition, we collaborate directly with the communities of the places we visit. It is an honor for us to travel with the guardians of the Chapada Diamantina.
300 kilometers of trails and other surprising data on Chapada Diamantina (Brazil)
The National Anthem of Brazil says: “gigante pela própria Natureza” (giant by nature itself). We feel it that way, every time we walk through the Chapada Diamantina Natural Park, a space where energy flows, like its waterfalls. The Chapada Diamantina comprises an area of 152,000 hectares managed by the Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio), which ensures the maintenance of this natural environment and the species that inhabit it. In this paradise, you can feel in true contact with Mother Earth when you have the opportunity to walk it, to swim in its rivers and pools, to admire its waterfalls. We tell you some curiosities so you can get an idea of its beauty. 300 kilometers of trails Respect for nature is an essential maxim in every trip. We always recommend not to leave the bounded areas for walkers for safety reasons, but also not to alter the ecosystems or their life cycles. If you share this idea with us, you will be glad to know that there are almost 300 kilometers of authorized trails for walkers that cross fields and forests of spectacular landscapes. Amazing! The highest waterfall is almost 400 meters Of the total of the 33 waterfalls that make up the Park, the highest one is Cachoeira da Fumaça, about 390 meters high according to the ICMBio, calculated from the point of water spillage. Even in some areas of the well the distance between the jump and the bottom is 420 meters. To visit it, you have to walk about 6 kilometers of beautiful trails. It is one of the most famous attractions of the Chapada Diamantina. 33 waterfalls But Cachoeira da Fumaça is not the only impressive waterfall we will find in this paradise. The Natural Park has up to 33 waterfalls, and in some of them we can even bathe or practice adventure sports. A waterfall that can be reached by swimming Among those 33 waterfalls we mention here the Cachoeira do Buracão, which provides us with one of the funniest adventures in the Chapada Diamantina. We have to walk about two hours and then, we will have to dive into the water to reach this waterfall of 80 meters of jump… Swimming! Feeling a waterfall ‘from the inside’ it is a wonderful experience, sure! Do not worry about swimming in this river, lifejackets must be used and we will have to swim just for 10 minutes, depending on the current. A 1,120 meter high abyss The Morro do Pai Inácio is one of the best known places in the Chapada Diamantina Park. From this 1,120-meter high mountain, we will peek into an spectacular abyss. According to legend, in that place there were a slave that was in love with the daughter of a rich landowner, who jumped with an open umbrella and disappeared forever. From here we can admire the landscape that makes up the hill of Camelo, the Capão Valley and the Morrão, with a sunset that you can never forget. Would you like to visit the Chapada Diamantina? We have very few places left for our next routes in March and April! Brazil: April 4 to 19, 2020 Brazil: From February 19 to March 16, 2020
What Brazil left in us: opinions of the travelers of our last adventure
This time I share this blog with the people who have traveled with me to Brazil last summer, because many of them have been kind enough to share their experience with us… Thank you very much! When we organize a trip, we simply try to put our heart. It seems easy… But it is not at all. Anyone could take care of booking a restaurant or renting a car, but the soul, the love, is always de added value. “Patricia Karuna is like a snail. She takes the home with her and make you feel at home wherever you go”, says Ana Villamuza (thank you Ana for such beautiful words!). “From a colossal waterfall, a natural slide on the stone, a mysterious and dark cave, a breakfast filled with delicacies (…) all those moments have crystallized in the form of home. The place that you always want to return to”. Many of the people who have crossed with us the State of Bahia in Brazil highlight the safety and calm that brings them an organized trip, that, however, never loses the alternative character, moving away from mainstream tourism. “Those are the advantages of an organized trip”, says my friend Pepe, “in terms of time management, transfers, security… And the feeling, flexibility and good taste in the accommodations that can be gathered in a trip that you ride for your account”. That is what we want: every one feeling free. For me, it is very important that everyone feels accompanied, as Laura describes. “I am a tireless traveler, I have traveled half the world. I try to avoid frustrations making no expectations before leaving… But, with Patri Karuna, I trust in her totally, so that I will enjoy every moment of the trip” . That trust is a real prize for us, thanks! We travel in a small group. Although at the beginning of our adventure travelers hardly know each other, they quickly strike up a beautiful friendship. “As Cahill said, ‘a trip is better measured in friends than in miles'”, Pepe reminds. And here we make many friends! Every trip must be, in my opinion, a life transforming experience. And it is very satisfying to help travelers return home with that feeling. Ana Machín describes it with this kind words: “It is said that, when you travel, you shouldn’t come back as you left, but you shoud come back different. This is how I breathe and feel after my return from Brazil. Differently aware that I felt happy with difference”. I choose the reflections of Elena Padilla to finish this post … What an honor to receive them, Elena! Traveling with Karuna is the purest feeling of traveling with a smiling, adventurous, affectionate friend, that you know will take care of you and let you flow. Traveling with Karuna is finding a group of real new friends with a big and colorful heart beautiful. Traveling with Karuna is strolling between authentic flavors and aromas of the country you live for a few day. Traveling with Karuna is not suitable for hearts and closed minds, because they will open from the first minute of adventure. Upcoming Travel