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Brazilian Coastal Explorer Belem - Salvador Da Bahia

Trip Overview

There is a corner of Brazil that is forgotten by all but the most knowledgeable travellers. In the top right of Brazil; we travel from Salvador to Belem and along the Amazon River. This wonderful journey allows you to unlock all the hidden gems of the area and to do so slowly, so that you really get to grips with the region. We will spend three days exploring the stunning lagoons and dunes of Lencois Maranhenses National Park and then have a couple of nights to chill on the beautiful beaches of Jericoacoara.

We will explore the cobbled streets of the Sao Luis, one of Brazil’s lesser known UNESCO world heritage sites and visit Belem, the most important port on the Amazon, with its great markets and museums. This is the city that became the gateway to the Amazon and the interior. But for most the highlight of this journey is the incomparable city of Salvador de Bahia with its amazing zest for life.

17 DAYS THROUGH Brazil
RATING:
of 2 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$1,690 (USD) + 870 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
17 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Private bus, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
5%
95%
MEALS:
8 Breakfasts
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZSC
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore and dance the night away in Salvador

  Visit 'small Lisbon' the beautiful town of Olinda

  Relax on the pink sand dunes of Canoa Quebrada

  Wander around the sandy streets of Jericoacoara

  Overnight 4WD tour of the stunning Lencois Maranhenses NP

  Enjoy a swim in the lagoons of the National park

  Explore the colonial town of Belem, where the amazon reaches the Atlantic

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A very easy trip, with a laid back pace, with plenty of beach time. Lovely off the beaten track visits. There are some long day’s drives but enough good breaks to make this a relaxed trip. Beautiful campsites, small Pousadas and a couple of great hotels.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Belem ( 25th Oct 2019 )

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

Day 2 - Belem ( 26th Oct 2019 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the iconic, waterfront colonial Ver-o-Peso market.

Free

The Cidade Velha is home to most of Belem's museums, with four plazas and and riverside location.

Free
Day 3 - Sao Luis ( 27th Oct 2019 )

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)

Day 4 - Sao Luis ( 28th Oct 2019 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Set within an impressive mansion, are exhibits of Sao Luis festivals - Carnaval, Bumba, Meu Boi and Divino Espirito Santo

Free

Learn about Maranhoas indigenous cultures at the Centro Perquisa de Historia Natural

Free
Day 5 - Barreirinhas ( 29th Oct 2019 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take an overnight 4WD tour of the stunning Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 6 - Lencois Maranhenses National Park ( 30th Oct 2019 )

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. 

Day 7 - Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Parnaiba ( 31st Oct 2019 )

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. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the stunning Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 8 - Jericoacoara ( 1st Nov 2019 )

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

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Treat yourself to a relaxing massage during your time away from the truck

BRL 150

Try a 90minute Capoeira class

BRL 35
Day 9 - Jericoacoara ( 2nd Nov 2019 )

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! 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the beautiful Lagoa Paraiso

USD 30

Take out quad bikes to visit the area around Jericoacoara

USD 65

Learn to kitesurf in Jericoacoara

USD 160

Enjoy the waves and rent a surf board

BRL 25-60
Day 10 - Canoa Quebrada ( 3rd Nov 2019 )

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

Day 11 - Canoa Quebrada ( 4th Nov 2019 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a 4hr Beach buggy trip to Ponta Grossa

BRL 100-350

Take an evening horseback ride on the beach

BRL 100
Day 12 - Olinda ( 5th Nov 2019 )

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

Day 13 - Olinda ( 6th Nov 2019 )

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!

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take part in a Capoeira class

BRL 30

Visit the imposing 16th Century Igreja da Se, located at Alto da Se (Cathedral Heights)

Free
Day 14 - Aracaju ( 7th Nov 2019 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Tamar Turtle Conservation Project

Included in Kitty
Day 15 - Salvador Da Bahia, Pirambu ( 8th Nov 2019 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Watch a candomblé ceremony in Salvador

Included in Kitty

Visit the Tamar Turtle Conservation Project

Included in Kitty
Day 16 - Salvador Da Bahia ( 9th Nov 2019 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Forte Santo Antonioa da Barra, Brazil's oldest lighthouse, for panoramic views of the city.

USD 10

Visit a Capoeira school, to watch the Brazilian martial art, combining elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

Free
Day 17 - Salvador Da Bahia ( 10th Nov 2019 )

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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Departing: 19 Aug 2019
Returning: 4 Sep 2019
Duration: 17 days
Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
$1,690 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 25 Oct 2019
Returning: 10 Nov 2019
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
$1,690 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 13 Mar 2020
Returning: 29 Mar 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
$1,705 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 20 May 2020
Returning: 5 Jun 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
$1,705 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 17 Aug 2020
Returning: 2 Sep 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
$1,705 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 23 Oct 2020
Returning: 8 Nov 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
$1,705 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 5 Mar 2021
Returning: 21 Mar 2021
Duration: 17 days
Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
$1,715 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 12 May 2021
Returning: 28 May 2021
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
$1,715 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 16 Aug 2021
Returning: 1 Sep 2021
Duration: 17 days
Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
$1,755 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 22 Oct 2021
Returning: 7 Nov 2021
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
$1,755 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 18 Mar 2022
Returning: 3 Apr 2022
Duration: 17 days
Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
$1,755 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 25 May 2022
Returning: 10 Jun 2022
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
$1,755 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Enjoyed most the sand, sea and caipirinhas and the travelling
Margaret L
EXCELLENT to see places You had close-to-zero chance to see on Your own...
Jens J