See a side of Brazil that most people don't venture to. Amazing landscape, beautiful beaches, turtle nesting sites or a host of adrenalin activities like scuba diving, kite surfing and more.
You might not find these areas in any top ten lists and that's why we love this trip. Olinda is a beautiful seaside colonial town, perfect for a fine meal and a drink or two.
Lencois Maranhenses national park is a surreal landscape of sculptured dunes where we spend a night out under the stars. But, the hidden gem here is Jericoacoara where you can enjoy the freedom of walking around bare foot in the sand covered town and at sunset and if you're lucky, witness a rare green flash sunset.
Welcome to Belem! Today there is an important group meeting at 18:00hrs please meet at the Hotel reception. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Belem.
Border information: If you are starting your trip in Belem, enter Brazil at Val De Cans Air port (IATA code BEL)
In Belem we stay in a comfortable Hotel
Today is yours to enjoy the port town of Belem, one of the first Portuguese settlements. Explore the historic centre which houses various museums and cathedrals and be sure to visit the Ver-o-Paso Market, considered the largest in South America, with its stalls scattered with Amazonian fish, baskets of Acai, herbs and crafts.
Our first drive brings us to the UNESCO world heritage site of Sao Luis, the only city of Brazil to be founded by the French. Depending upon the ferry we may choose instead to spend the night in neighbouring Alcântara.
In Sao Luis we stay in a local hotel.
Approximate Driving time: 574km / 10hrs (including a ferry journey)
Sao Luis is full is interesting museums, the historic centre houses beautiful, pastel coloured colonial mansions. You can take a boat trip to the more laid back town of Alcântara, you may spot the Scarlet ibis, or guarás on your way.
Today is the first day of our Lencois Maranhenses National Park trip; we will drive to the town of Barreirinhas and in the afternoon head out by 4WD to the lagoons, enjoy a swim and explore the dunes before returning to our hotel.
In Barreirinhas we will stay in a local hotel
Approximate Driving Time - 250km / 4 hrs
Today we will leave the truck behind and head out in motor boats through the Preguica River, to the protected area of Pequenos Lencois, along the way, we will visit a small fishing village, take a short walk to the lighthouse to enjoy views of the dunes and the Preguicas River.
In Atins we will spend the night in a small Pousada on a sand bank.
Today we will take a speed boat to Tatoia, stopping off at some dunes and islands of the famous Parnaiba Delta. Seen from the sky, the meeting point of the Rio Parnaiba and the Atlantic Ocean looks like a giant puzzle, made up of 85 tiny islands.
In the afternoon we will travel by 4WD to the town of Parnaiba, where we will stay in a local hotel and rejoin our Driver and Truck.
Today we drive to the laid back beach town of Jericoacoara, or 'Jeri' as it's affectionately known. Access to Jericoacoara is only by 4WD through unpaved tracks through the dunes, making it a wonderfully hard to reach place.
We will stay in a local Pousada
Approximate Drive Time - 250km / 3hrs
Jericoacoara is a magical place to spend some time; wander the sandy lanes, enjoy the sunset with a caipirinha on the dunes whilst the locals practise their Capoeira, head out on a quad bike adventure to remote lagoons where you can take a dip, laze in a hammock and enjoy a seafood lunch. Jeri is also one of the prime spots for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing!
Drive day to the pretty seaside town of Canoa Quebrada.
In Canoa Quebrada we will stay in a local Pousada
Approximate Drive Time – 450km / 8hrs
Huge pinkish sand dunes dominate the area of Canoa Quebrada, it's a fantastic spot to kick back and relax or for the more energetic, take an evening horseback ride along the beach or head out on a beach buggy. There's a laid back small town to explore too with lots of great cafes and bars.
We have a full day drive to the stunning colonial gem of Olinda, considered one of Brazil’s most important historic sites.
Approximate Driving Time – 629km / 10hrs
In Olinda we will stay in a local Pousada
Explore the beautiful town of Olinda, once known as 'small Lisbon' and the richest town in Brazil. Enjoy wandering the cobblestone streets, check out some of the exquisite churches and definitely make time for lunch at Alto de Se, to enjoy the views!
Today we head south along the coast, into the state of Bahia and to the town of Aracaju, where we can chill out in one of the town's seafront eateries, listen to some traditional forró music and enjoy the fresh crabs that the town is known for.
Approximate Driving time – 510km / 8hrs
We will spend the night in a local Pousada
This morning we will continue our journey south to Salvador, along the way we will make a stop at the Projeto Tamar - a research station involved in the protection of Brazil's five species of turtle, spanning 1000km in 9 of Brazil's states. The best time to visit is September to March when the spawning occurs.
Approximate Driving time – 325km / 8hrs
Today we have some free time to explore the energetic and vibrant city of Salvador, known around the world for its Carnival festivities. Salvador is home to over 300 churches, the historic centre is recognised by UNESCO and full of interesting architecture, brightly coloured buildings and cobblestone streets. It's an excellent place to witness the African culture in music and dance and enjoy some delicious street food.
Today is the final day for passengers finishing their trip in Salvador. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight – please contact your Sales Agent if you are interested in booking an extra night of accommodation or if you would like to join the journey south to Rio de Janeiro.
Border Information: if you are finishing your trip in Salvador, you will most likely exit Brazil at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA code: SSA)
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Trip Name: Belem to Salvador 2018
Duration: 17 Days
From Price: $1,384
Supplier Tour ID: ZSC2/208390
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