Brazilian Coast, Capitals & Chapadas

Rio de Janeiro - Salvador

17 days through Brazil
FROM: $2250 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Comfortable Hotel 3 nights
Multishare Hostel 3 nights
Camping 7 nights
Basic Hotel 3 nights
Breakfasts x 9, Lunches x 8, Dinners x 7
$260 USD per person
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This route takes us from pulsating Salvador to the iconic Rio de Janeiro on a tour of the beaches, colonial towns and national parks of eastern Brazil. We tour the gold mines of the colonial, historic town of Ouro Preto, and contrast this with Brazil's futuristic capital city, Brasilia, home to some weird and wonderful modernist architecture. We take in two of Brazil's national parks on this trip: Chapada da Diamantina and Chapada dos Veadeiros, both absolute must-sees for nature lovers, with plenty of opportunities for trekking, horse-riding, kayaking, and exploring cave systems. An unusual place to explore is the latter's Vale da Lua, or Valley of the Moon, with its bizarre, lunar-like rock formations. We also have time to relax in the beautiful and eco-friendly beach town of Itacaré, and to bush camp in the stunning Brazilian countryside.

Discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro
Head underground into the gold mines of Ouro Preto
Guided tour of the futuristic city of Brasilia
Wander the streets of fascinating Lencois
2 full days to explore the beautiful Chapada Diamantina National Park
Relax on the beach or take some surfing lessons in the eco coastal resort of Itacare
Sample the street food of Salvador
Hike in the stunning Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

This trip has a great balance of historic and cultural attractions with time spent exploring in Brazil's countryside and national parks. A mix of bush camping and hotels, this trip has a bit of everything.

Explore unique colonial Ouro Preto and its architectural heritage on a city tour

See the unique city plan and architecture of Brasilia on a guided tour

Explore the beautiful rock formations of Vale da Lua

Head into the beautiful Chapada Diamantina National Park

Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Today there will be a group meeting day at 18:00hrs, please meet in the hotel reception.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Rio. If you would like to book additional nights of accommodation to really explore the city, please contact your Sales agent.

Border information: If you are arriving in Rio, enter Brazil at Rio Galeão International Airport International (IATA code: GIG) Airport.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer

Train and entrance: 83 BRL

Explore Brazilian flavours in a half day cooking class

Half day class: 75 USD

Take a hike into the Tijuca Rainforest, one of the largest Urban Rainforests in the world.

Hike: 65 USD

Take a cable car up Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

Cable car (return ticket): 85 BRL

Take a brilliant free walking tour with an expert local guide around Lapa and Central Rio de Janeiro (or Copacabana and Ipanema on certain days)

Walking Tour: Free

Day 2 - Ouro Preto
Day 3 - Ouro Preto
Day 4 - Tres Marias
Day 5 - Brasilia
Day 6 - Alto Paraiso
Day 7 - Alto Paraiso
Day 8 - Central Brazil
Day 9 - Lencois
Day 10 - Lencois
Day 11 - Lencois
Day 12 - Itacare
Day 13 - Itacare
Day 14 - Itacare
Day 15 - Salvador
Day 16 - Salvador
Day 17 - Salvador - End Date

Antonio B

I absolutely loved the trip it was way better then I was expecting. Ouro preto and Salvador where my favourite cities but camping in the national parks was awesome

Melissa H

It was my first trip with Dragoman and I had a really good time. I would definitely travel with Dragoman again. I enjoyed all the places we visited. There wasn't any town/place that wasn't worth seeing.

Jens J

Excellent possibility to visit places that would be extremely cumbersome and time-consuming to find and get to by other means

Kenneth M

I enjoy looking out the window observing landscapes, buildings, & People, Then taking advantage of sightseeing when off the truck.

Nils Fredrik V

Off the standard tourist roads, but still experience incredible places like the beaches of Itacare, the waterfalls and nature of the national parks and the city of Ouro Preto.