This overland tour starts and ends on the beach with a host of cultural and natural highlights in-between. Your trip will start with a cocktail on Copacabana or night out on the town in Rio and move on to the charming gold rush town of Ouro Preto, following in the footsteps of treasure hunters of the past.
Then there is Brasilia, a futuristic architectural city built in the centre of Brazil as it’s new capital. Ahead of its time in the 1960’s its still a marvel to behold and many of the buildings are unique.
Contrast with the beauty of the cobbled streets of Lencois, the old prospecting town where black diamonds where pulled out of the silt of the river and the Chapada Diamantina with its array of rivers, waterfalls and rock formations.
The highlight of this amazing trip is the vibrant and musical Salvador on the coast. A hub of art, culture and fusion of styles with a distinctly West African feel. Renowned for the capoeira style of dancing, try it if you dare!
Welcome to Salvador! 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 Salvador.
Border information: If you are joining your trip in Salvador, enter Brazil at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA: SSA)
We stay just by the old centre of Pelourinho in a lovely hotel.
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.
We head south the beautiful beach town of Itacare, with its stunning Atlantic rainforest, laid back eco-friendly cafes and bars, and the opportunity to surf, relax and explore. This is our last view of the ocean before we head inland for the National Parks!
Approximate Driving Time - 7hours / 250km
Tonight we will camp in a Campsite with facilities
Today we have a free day to explore the area, enjoy the beach, take part in some of the many adventure activities available here, or visit the stunning Peninsula de Marau, stopping off at Praia Taipus de Fora and Lagoa Azul.
We will camp this evening at a campsite with facilities.
Today we head to the fantastic town of Lencois, the gateway to Chapada da Diamantina National Park. We camp in Lencois giving you the opportunity to enjoy a variety of treks into the stunning scenery of the national park.
Approximate Driving Time - 9hrs / 515km
We have two full days to enjoy the Chapada Diamantina National Park; this is a real adventurer’s paradise. It's possible to go hiking, stopping along the way for a dip in the river by waterfalls and rapids, go horse riding, kayaking or maybe mountain biking. There are even cave systems to explore. The Chapada is full of towering rock formations and vast plains, making it perfect for landscape photography.
We will spend the night in a camp site with facilities.
Over the next two days we will travel overland across the central Brazilian countryside, towards the town of Alto Paraiso and the stunning Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, bush camping en route.
On Day 8 we will aim to travel approximately 500km / 9hrs and find a nice bush camp along the way.
On Day 9 we will aim to travel 400km / 8hrs, we stay in an eco-tourism campsite in the laid back town of Alto Paraiso.
We have two full days to explore the National Park. The Chapada dos Veadeiros is one of Brazil's hidden gems, one of the oldest and most beautiful tropical ecosystems in South America and home to incredible waterfalls, rock formations, caves and grottoes.
This morning we will have an included visit to the Vale da Lua or the Valley of the Moon, so called due to the rock formations giving it an appearance similar to the moon.
This area is perfect for hiking, horse and bike riding and of course swimming in natural pools and soaking up the parks atmosphere. It is said that due to the high amount of quartz in the ground, that this Chapada is glows from space!
We will camp in a well equipped camp site.
Today we arrive in the futuristic capital of Brasilia. We will enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city, which was designed and built to be the Brazilian Government's headquarters in 1960. The city is designed to resemble a plane, and is a UNESCO heritage site, housing some incredible, futuristic style Cathedrals and Monuments.
Approximate driving time – 150km / 3hrs
In Brasilia we will camp at a campsite with facilities
We have a full day drive through the Brazilian countryside. We will find a nice spot and camp for the night near Tres Marias.
Approximate driving Time - 550km / 10hours
Today is a full day drive to the beautiful old colonial mining town of Ouro Preto where we will stay at a local Guesthouse. Ouro Preto is considered Brazil’s most important historic site.
Approximate Driving Time - 400km / 8hrs
In Ouro Preto we will stay in a local hostel
Today we will have a half day guided tour of Ouro Preto, well known for its colonial architecture and the first Brazilian town to be considered a UNESCO world heritage site. In the afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the town, visit the museum or some of the stunning baroque churches. There are some fantastic cafes and restaurants in Ouro Preto. Don't forget your camera today, Ouro Preto one of the most picturesque towns on our itinerary!
Today we drive to the vibrant city of Rio de Janiero, a highlight of any trip to Brazil!
Along the way we will stop at Petropolis, the cool hill-side hideaway for local Cariocas escaping the heat of Rio. We will have 2 hours to explore the Museu Imperial, the former Imperial Museum, wander the town or visit the Palacio de Cristal, the site where the last slaves of Petropolis were released.
Drive Day: 450km, Drive Time: 7hrs (approx)
In Rio we stay in a comfortable hotel
Today is the end day for our passengers finishing their trip in Rio de Janeiro. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your Sales Agent if you wish to book extra accommodation to fully enjoy Rio.
Border information: If you are leaving in Rio, exit Brazil at Rio Galeão International Airport International (IATA code: GIG) Airport.
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Trip Name: Salvador To Rio 2018
Duration: 17 Days
From Price: $1,560
Supplier Tour ID: ZRS2/209151
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