Rio de Janeiro and Salvador

Brazilians say that God created the world in six days and, on the seventh, He created Rio. On first sight, this seems perfectly believable. This 'Marvelous City' as its inhabitants, the Cariocas, call it, is indeed one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world.

Uniquely situated on a narrow strip of land between the green mountains and the deep blue sea, it’s surrounded by granite based mountains, coves, and white sand beaches.  The most famous coastal mountain is the Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf), which has wonderful views of the city, the bay, and the Corcovado (the statue of Christ).

You’ll also visit Bahia's main destination - Salvador.  Salvador, Bahia's capital, is known for its history, culture and beauty. 

Rio de Janeiro and Salvador (7 Nights)

Includes International Flight

Rio - 4 nights includes:
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Apartment in Copacabana Beach


City tour of Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Tijuca Forest, Corcovado (the Christ statue), sunset at Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) and other spots, including Santa Teresa, the Lapa Arches, Maracana Stadium, and much more

Ilha Grande (Big Island) Tour
Favella Tour
Lapa street party (Friday, Saturday)
Churrasco (Brazilian Barbecue) dinner


Salvador - 3 nights includes:
Domestic Flight
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Apartment in Barra, just blocks from the beach and from many good bars and restaurants


Full day city tour featuring Pelourinho, a typical Bahian lunch, Mercado Modelo, and other historical sites
Feijoada (ethnic cuisine) in Rio Vermelho (bohemian beachside neighborhood)
Bay islands tour with moqueca lunch
Samba night club


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1
You'll arrive in Rio and be met at the airport by a private driver who will take you to your apartment.  You’ll want to relax for a bit.  In the late afternoon, we’ll take a leisurely walk of Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches coming into sunset.

Day 2
Today you'll be taken on a city tour to visit some of the most famous sites of Rio.  Driving on scenic roads through the Tijuca National Park, you’ll visit the principal hotspots:  the waterfalls, the Mayrink Chapel, and the view of the beautiful flora and fauna of the forest and the sounds of the Atlantic Forest birds.

The tour will take you across the top of the mountain in the direction of Corcovado.  After experiencing the panoramic 360º views from the top of the Corcovado (the Christ Statue), your next stop will be the neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a historical district of old Rio where artisans work and live.

Later we’ll end at Sugar Loaf, where you’ll be able to watch the magnificent sunset over the city and the bay.


Day 3
Morning van ride to the docks where a schooner will be off to visit the idyllic Ilha Grande (Big Island).  Upon arrival, use the map to guide through 16 different signposted trails leading through the lush forest to several of the islands 102 beaches.  Seemingly endless picturesque beaches with some good surfing waves are considered by some to be the most beautiful in Brazil.  Snorkeling, laying on the beach, wandering the rain forest, whatever you'd like to do.  Boat heads back at sunset.

Day 4

Today will see us off on a Favella (Shanty) Tour.  Our guide will lead us through Rocina, the largest shantytown in Rio.  This tour is unforgettable.  After, we’ll head to visit the home of Pele, Maracana Stadium.  We have a churrasco dinner (Brazilian barbecue) planned before we head to the famous weekly Lapa street party at the Arches of Lapa.


Day 5
In the morning, a private driver will take you to the airport for your flight to Salvador.  Once you’ve landed in Salvador, a driver will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your apartment.   You may want to relax on the beach with a cold beer and sample the Bahian delights in the beach huts.  We suggest the shrimp on a stick, the smoked cheese, or the local favorite, acaraje. 

By night, we’ll be having dinner at the Solar da União, also the venue of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, where you can enjoy Brazilian food and drinks during a folkloric show.  This show features an excellent presentation of local perspectives from capoeira to samba, ancient slave dances, and even a sample of candomblé, a religious rite typical in this region.

Day 6
After breakfast, you’ll begin your journey through Salvador visiting Pelourinho, the historical district of the city, followed by a delicious Bahian lunch.  Then you’ll visit the Mercado Modelo, a handicraft market that used to be the merchandise and slave-trading outpost of the city.  Here you can buy many handicrafts and local products.  Make sure you visit the dungeon below the market where the slaves were kept prior to sale.  Samba show by night.

Day 7
After breakfast, a schooner will pick us up at the docks and take us on a cruise to a couple of the islands in the bay.  The trip takes all day, includes all you can drink beer, cachaca, and local fruits.  We’ll enjoy local music on the boat until we reach island beaches.  Relax and take in the scenery.  We’ll have a typical Bahian meal called ‘moqueca’ which is fish and shrimp stew.  We’ll visit Ponta de Areia Beach and Ilha dos Frades before heading back for sunset. 

Day 8
On the last day a private air-conditioned vehicle will take you to the airport in Salvador.


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