We took our two children (8 & 10) on a three day trek through the Pati Valley and a one day tour of the Blue Hole and Mosquito Falls in the Park. Our guide and main point of contact was co-owner of Extreme Eco Tours (Pablo), who picked us up in Salvador and took us back. He was extremely responsive (and his English is EXCELLENT) to all my questions and concerns about trekking in a remote area with kids (and my son has asthma) and I quickly realized he knows what he is doing and has contingency plans. What made the whole thing so wonderful was learning from him -- his knowledge of the area (he studied ecology) and passion for it is evident in all our interactions with him. Our guide for the three day trek, Rodrigo, was very patient (also knowledgeable -- he has a master's in geology and has written two books about the area) with us and very safety conscious -- he was always aware of where the kids were and what they were doing. The trek was challenging (5-6 hours a day of trekking with about 1200 feet elevation gain the first day and third day to get out of the Valley) but doable -- the trail is quite good. But is all about logistics (but they are important!) -- what we will of course remember and take away from this experience is that the Pati Valley is and incredibly special and beautiful place that very few people in the world get to experience. We were very moved by this experience -- I have been fortunate enough to get to see a lot of the world's wild places but this one really stands out. Such views and vistas -- it feels like the end of the world (in a good way). Go do it!
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