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The Brazilian trilogy: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Jeri

Best itinerary for first-timers in Brazil: the two most beautiful and vibrant big cities - Rio de Janeiro and Salvador - and Northeast jewel, Jericoacoara.



  • Day 1: Rio De Janeiro
  • Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Favelas
  • Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Salvador
  • Day 5: Salvador
  • Day 6: Salvador
  • Day 7: Salvador - Fortaleza - Guajirú
  • Day 8: Guajirú
  • Day 9: Guajirú - Jericoacoara
  • Day 10: Jericoacoara
  • Day 11: Jericoacoara
  • Day 12: Jericoacoara - Fortaleza
  • Day 13: Fortaleza


Day 1: Rio De Janeiro

Airport pick up (time and flight number to be confirmed) and transfer to the hotel.

Included : english speaking guide, reception with english-speaking guide

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain

At 09:00am start a city tour with your English-speaking guide, firstly going up to the Corcovado (el. 700 m.a.s.l.), worldly known symbol of Rio. Once up there, take the time to appreciate the unique and amazing panoramic view of the "cidade maravilhosa" (wonderful city).

Then way back down via Santa Teresa, which used to be one of the wealthiest residential neighborhoods of Rio, when the town was the capital of Brazil and all the principal institutions were located there. Surrounded by the agglomeration, the neighborhood has lost its former character, and the wealth of the area has moved to the Southwest of Rio, to Barra da Tijuca. Santa Teresa now shelters a diverse population in the bohemian quarter of the modern Rio. Walk through this area to get a taste of its quaint and old atmosphere. During the trip to Lapa, visit the colored stairs or "Escadaria do Convento da Santa Teresa", decorated by Jorge Selarón.

Later, take the cable cart to the summit of the Sugarloaf (el. 400 m.a.s.l.), another symbol of Rio which marks the entrance of the Guanabara Bay. Return to the hotel at 05:00pm.

Option: Helicopter flight of a few minutes from the mirador of Sugar Loaf (book on site).

Included : english speaking guide, private transport, entrance fees

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Favelas

At 09:00am you will meet your English-speaking guide for a private visit of Rio’s city center, from a colossal avenue framed by imposing glass buildings to quaint, small streets and their little affordable shops.

Many styles, one spirit, is the best definition to describe the architectural cocktail of the center, where past and modernism coexist in harmony. Among the possible visits (to be coordinated with the guide depending on opening times, your centers of interest, or eventual manifestations organized that day): Imperial Municipal (replicate of the Opera Garnier in France), foundation Banco do Brasil, casa da França (old custom house), national History museum, largo da Carioca, convento Santo Antônio, metropolitan cathedral, plaza Tiradentes...

In the afternoon, a specialized guide will take you on an "off-the-beaten-track" visit: the favelas. This visit of a few hours in a different reality of Rio, will give you a more real and complete view of the life in Carioca than the images of violence poverty which usually shown by the medias lacking of originality.

At the heart of these popular and "lawless" suburbs (the favelas are originally illegal land occupations), Brazilians organize themselves and live in a dignified and solitary manner.

Return to the hotel at 05:00pm.

Note 1: Entrance fees in the city center not included.

Note 2: For the visit of the center, avoid Sundays and bank holidays.

Included : english speaking guide, private transport

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro

Transfer to the airport 3 hours prior to departure. Flight from Rio de Janeiro (time and number to be confirmed).

Included : transfer departure


Day 4: Salvador

Your English-speaking guide and a driver will be waiting for you as you get off the plane to drive you to your hotel in downtown Salvador.

n.b. : 45 minutes’ drive
In the evening, your English-speaking guide will come to pick you up at the hotel to go to the Miguel Santana Theatre. You will watch the magnificent folkloric ballet of Bahia perform songs and dances about Afro Brazilian divinities worshiped in Salvador.
After the show, you will go to a restaurant taste Bahia traditional dishes.
You will go back to your hotel at the end of the night.
Included : english speaking guide, transfer arrival, dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport

Day 5: Salvador

After your breakfast, your English-speaking guide will come to pick you up at the hotel lobby to visit the so called “Black Rome”, nicknamed like so because of the African culture influences on its traditions.

Your will start your city tour by the Ordem Terceira de São Francisco church, that has been built in the XVIIIth century.
You will then walk through the famous Pelourinho square, surrounded by colorful Portuguese colonial mansions.
You will go up the Ladeira do Carmo street to reach Santo Antonio neighborhood, and go through the Terreiro de Jesus square to the huge Art deco style Lacerda elevator. Don't resist the temptation of a refreshing “picolé” (ice cream)!
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private)

Day 6: Salvador

Free day in Salvador da Bahia: you will have time to walk through Salvador cobbled streets, eat a good "acarajé" (beans and shrimps made traditional dish) on the Porto da Barra beach, and buy some souvenirs.

Day 7: Salvador - Fortaleza - Guajirú

Three hours before your flight, your English-speaking guide and a driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby to bring you to Salvador airport.

The driver will pick you up at Fortaleza airport or at the hotel to drive you to the seaside village of Guajirú. On the way, you will have the opportunity to stop at Lagoinha to see its photogenic landscape and take a bath if you wish.
Arrival at the hotel.
n.b. 3 hours’ drive.

Included : transfer departure, private transport, transfer arrival

Day 8: Guajirú

Free day to enjoy the hotel facilities and the peacefulness of the really beautiful Guajirú.

Day 9: Guajirú - Jericoacoara

In the morning, your Portuguese speaking buggy driver will pick you up at the hotel to drive you across a seaside sand dunes landscape.
You will cross Mundaú, situated at the Mundaú River mouth and Icaraí de Amontada (famous among kitesurfers), before reaching Jericoacoara.
Included : private transport

Day 10: Jericoacoara

Departure at 9h00 for a buggy excursion with a local driver to the Lagoa Azul and the Lagoa do Paraíso.
You will make a stop at the Pedra Furada (holed stone) and the Árvore da Preguiça (laziness tree) to take some pictures.
You will then follow to the lagoons to swim and enjoy the hammocks. Lunch (not included) in one of the Lagoa do Paraíso little restaurants.
Ride back to Jericoacoara in the afternoon.

Included : local guide, private transport, excursion (private)

Day 11: Jericoacoara

Free day to enjoy the atmosphere of Jericoacoara and its beaches. You will walk barefoot through the village alleys, where all kinds of restaurants can be found, and enjoy the incredible sunset on the closest sand dune to the village.

Day 12: Jericoacoara - Fortaleza

Your Portuguese speaking driver will come to pick you up at your hotel in the morning for a full day transfer/excursion along the Ceará coast.

You will cross the charming seaside villages of Icaraizinho, Lagoinha and Guajirú, before arriving in Cumbuco and Fortaleza.

The driver will either drive you to the airport or to your hotel.
Included : private transport, excursion (private)

Day 13: Fortaleza

You driver will pick you up at your hotel in Fortaleza to drive you to Fortaleza airport.
Included : private transport

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