Tribal Experience in the Krahô Ethnic Villages

Party "Pemp'kahàc" -From 25 to 31/7/2019


What is it?

7-day experience in Kraho villages in the state of Tocantins, with mentor indigenist and writer Fernando Schiavini, was developed in cooperation with the community, contemplating the rigors of the concept of "Community Based Tourism" practiced by our company in order to contribute to the village's cultural and financial revitalization. In this opportunity we will experience the party of the Tora of the Potato (Porty).



The Krahô ethnic group is composed of approximately 32 villages, located in the state of Tocantins. The scenery of the Krahô land is beautiful with its cerrado cut by hundreds of springs, paths and buriti trees.  All villages are currently served by roads paved by primary coating (gravel), giving access to vehicles.

Culturally, the Krahôs are considered one of the most resistant peoples of Brazil. "In the beginning of the 1990s, the process of recovering the traditional seeds of agriculture began, a movement that spread later to practically all indigenous peoples of Brazil and became public policies of various governmental agencies, besides being the reference for the construction of the National Organic Production Plan (PLANAPO).  For this project, the Krahôs, along with the indigenist Fernando Schiavini, won several national and international awards, the most important being the "Public Action and Citizenship" by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (1998); Slow-Food Biodiversity (Italy-2004) and "Agrobiodiversity Guardians" - by SIRGEALC - Symposium on Genetic Resources for Latin America and the Caribbean.  The "Krahô Fair of Traditional Seeds" became famous and also spread to other indigenous peoples, providing ethnic groups from all over Brazil, held triennially in Krahô land and open to non-indigenous visitors, the event has the purpose of exchanging these seeds.

To know more about Krahos click here .


PARTY: "Pemp'kahàc"

The "pemp'kahàc" is a ritual that marks the transition from youth to adolescence.  During the party, which lasts for 03 days, the children, who remained isolated for a period of time learning the rituals of the tribe, are presented to the village and, in the end, feathered and adorned, to participate in the "grand finale", which will certainly be marked in your memories and also that of those who watch the ritual for the first time. 




1st DAY – 07/25 - TRANSFER IN


  • Reception at Palmas International Airport

  • Transfer and accommodation at the hotel in Palmas.

  • Late afternoon: Transfer hostel / graciosa beach

  • Floating trip along the Tocantins River accompanied by a beautiful sunset. During the course of approximately 3 hours, we will chat with indigenist Fernando Schiavini, addressing the customs and the concept of integration of the proposed visitation of the Village.

  • On board, we serve a delicious brunch.

  • Return to the port and transfer to the hotel.



2nd DAY – 07/26 - Transfer to the Village - Municipality of Itacajá - TO

  • After breakfast, we will leave towards the north of the state, we will move for approximately 330 km, by a road that, at a given moment, has to its right side the Serra do Lajeado and, to its left, the lake of the dam of the Tocantins River.  

  • At about 3 pm, we will arrive in Itacajá-TO, and from there, we will leave the vehicle and walk approximately 6 km through a pleasant trail in the middle of the cerrado until the arrival at the Village, where we will be received by our hosts.

  • During the way we can make a stop for swimming and trail snacks that we will distribute.

  • The luggage will be taken by our staff and accommodated in the tents, which will already be properly assembled.

  • Recognition of the Village and prose circle and bonfire.


3rd DAY – 07/27- Start of the Party.


  • Breakfast with the famous krahô tapioca.

  • Participation of the preparations for the ceremony with the paparuto (delicacy made of cassava and meat), body painting, haircutting, singing and storytelling.  Everyone who wishes to do so may ask the Krahôs women to paint them in the traditional way.

  • In the early afternoon we will visit and bathe in a waterfall, which is 2 km from the village.

  • Around 4:00 p.m., we'll watch the log races and the ceremonies that go on until nightfall. 

  • After the activities, bath and dinner.

  • Around 20:00, tales and prose with the elders begins. We will have the opportunity to get to know part of the mythology and history of ethnic migrations and conflicts that occurred after contact with non-indigenous people and, soon afterwards, we will sing in the central patio which is open all night to all who want to participate.

4th DAY – 07/28 - The party continues.


  • Early in the morning, along with the singing, races with buriti trunks ("log racing") are held and, after the competitions, pieces of paparuto that have been roasted throughout the night will be distributed to all those present.

  • After the ritual is finished, we will participate in an exhibition of the kraho handicraft. At this moment the visitor can negotiate with the natives and take home these beautiful artifacts from this ancient ethnic group.

  • After lunch, we will walk through the cerrado for about 5 km until we get to one of the village’s family farms, where everyone can learn about the ways of planting and the food cultivated by the Krahôs. Along the way, we will have the guidance of the indigenist Fernando Schiavini and Krahô leaders, regarding the work of recovery of traditional seeds, a movement of which Krahôs are pioneers in Brazil and Latin America.

  • On the return, a refreshing river swim.

  • All meals will be properly served.

5th DAY – 07/29 - Boat trip and visit to a nearby village.

  • After breakfast, we will ascend the river towards Aldeia da Barra, where we will be welcomed by the community led by its chief. Our food on this day will be served by our hosts, reinforced by our delicious trail snacks. During the nautical route, we will have a stop for swimming in a tributary of crystalline waters.

  • Return to camp

  • Dinner and farewell festivities.

6th DAY – 07/30 - Return to Palmas.

  • After breakfast, return to the city of Palmas.

  • During the trip, we will have the bottles of water and box juices available.

  • Lunch at the restaurant Mirante do Segredo, with a beautiful view of the Serra do Lajeado.

  • After lunch, we will conclude the remaining 50 km to get to Palmas.

  • Arrival in Palmas and accommodation at the hotel.

  • Night of fraternization in the restaurants of the Graciosa beachfront of the Tocantins river

  • Return to hotel and rest.

7th DAY – 07/31 - Return.

  • Breakfast.

  • Transfer out to the airport.

  • Have a good trip back.




  • Transfer in/out Palmas/Itacaja/Palmas.

  • Local Transfers

  • Tourist guide and local drivers;

  • 02 night stays at hotel in Palmas-TO.

  • 04 night stays at camping site;

  • Meals: 06 breakfasts; 05 lunches; 04 dinners and 01 brunch

  • Varied experiences;

  • Travel insurance.

Not Included

  • Air tickets to Palmas (tickets can be arranged with Tekoá, for more information contact the company);

  • Meals not mentioned above; 

  • Personal expenses



  • Prices subject to change without prior notice

  • Places subject to availability 


What to take

  • Lightweight hiking clothes and swimwear

  • Two pairs of sneakers and cotton socks

  • Small backpack for hiking

  • Sunscreen and repellent

  • Hat or cap

  • Lantern

  • Raincoat

  • Canteen

  • Warm clothing

  • Any medications you take regularly or might need.

Infrastructure in the Village


  • The village has a camping area containing a support house, kitchen, two bathrooms with sinks, pots and hot showers and an external kiosk with cold showers.

  • Handicraft: It is recommended that some money be taken for any eventual purchases of indigenous handicrafts, which are beautiful.

Food in the Village

The support house will have a regional cook preparing typical meals with local products. We will have mineral water available.


During the whole trip we will have a support car. The cities where we will stay overnight are served by a public hospital or health center.

Camping in the Village


  • Visitors, upon arriving in the village, will find their tents properly fitted. Our structure has tents with pneumatic mattresses composed of pillows, sheets and comforters. Each tent has a couple’s hammock available.

  • The stay of the tourists with the natives in the village is an unforgettable experience, a dive to our roots. Sleeping and waking up in this surreal environment, in the middle of the cerrado, watching the sunrise and sunset or contemplating the rain as part of the spectacle of sensations that nature provides us, is a luxury that we forget in our urban lives. Prepare the palate of your soul and the spirit of adventure to reconnect the natural essence of us all.


Payment methods


  • By Card

  • By Bank Slip: 

  • Upfront payment (deposit or check):



In accordance with the terms of the service agreement.  



General information

  • Prices subject to change without prior notice.

  • Children under 18 years old who are not accompanied by guardians, must have a written authorization with the notarized signature of the guardian.

  • CHD - 03 to 12 years old - Only accompanied by guardian or family member

  • The order of the tours will not necessarily be described in the itinerary.

  • The schedule may change due to climatic, access, or other factors that the operator believes may interfere with the safety or well-being of travelers.​

  • Experiences include different activities in which visitors can interact with the natives in different ways, whether through body paintings, handicrafts, prose wheels, singing and dancing and contemplating nature.

  • The activities follow a dynamic that is naturally free, going through moments of daily decision of the indigenous leaders themselves and will be updated by our team and informed to the visitors.

  • The Ministry of Health recommends (but does not mandate) vaccination against yellow fever for all travelers over 9 months of age who enter endemic areas in Brazil, such as the Amazon region





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We organize routes that promote community-based eco and ethno-tourism


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