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.

You’ll also visit the colonial jewel of Paraty, surrounded by beautiful rugged beaches, numerous islands off the coast, parks with plantations and waterfalls. Founded in 1660, its colonial heritage is preserved in the form of elegant colonial Portuguese churches and houses in the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere of a town trapped contentedly in a time warp. Paraty has lots of bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques and is known for its delicious cuisine as well as being one of the principal cachaca (sugar cane spirits) distilling regions in Brazil.


Also check out two of Bahia’s treasures: Salvador, known for its history, culture and beauty; and Praia do Forte, a quaint fisherman village, known for its beaches, restaurants and artisan shops. The city of Salvador and the village of Praia do Forte are two destinations that will give you a glimpse of what the state of Bahia is all about. Bahia is one of the main destinations in Brazil and is known for its rich history, culture and unexplored nature.

Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Paraty, Praia do Forte (14 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


Paraty - 3 nights includes:
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Hotel Solar dos Geranios


City Tour
Horseback Riding
Schooner trip of local islands


Salvador - 4 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
Moqueca (ethnic cuisine) at Flamengo Beach
Samba night club


Praia do Forte - 3 nights includes:
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Tia Helena, a simple, clean, warm welcome right near the beach


4-wheeler tour through Atlantic forest with a river stop
Canoe trip down the pristine Imbassai River
Typical Bahian lunch at Diogo - a fisherman village
Horseback riding
Sauipe River Catamaran


Day-by-day Itinerary
Day 1
You'll arrive in Rio and be met at the airport by a private driver who’ll 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 take you 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
After breakfast you’ll be driven to Paraty (approximately a 3 hour drive).  After checking in and perhaps grabbing a bite to eat, you‘ll be taken on a private city tour of the principal churches, museums, old colonial houses and other points of cultural historical interest. 

Day 6
Today, the Gold Trail awaits you after breakfast.  This tour begins by taking you to the panoramic points of the town followed by a visit to the different cachaca (sugar cane spirits) distilleries of Paraty.  After a nice lunch, the tour then leads through the National Park where you will see different well-known waterfalls. 

Day 7
Today your tour will be to some of the islands and beaches in the Bay of Paraty.  The beaches here are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, with calm, crystalline waters, and Atlantic rain forest vegetation.  Lunch is included at a restaurant on one of the stops.  

Day 8
Today a driver will take you to the airport for your flight to Salvador.  Once you arrive, a private 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 9
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 10
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 where we can have lunch.  We’ll visit Ponta de Areia Beach and Ilha dos Frades before heading back for sunset. 

Day 11
Today we’ll head to what the locals regard as the best beach in Salvador:  Flamengo Beach.  Relax and take in the scenery.  We’ll have a typical Bahian meal called ‘moqueca’ which is fish and shrimp stew.  We’ll head back to town around sunset.

Day 12
This morning you’ll be transported by a private vehicle to Praia do Forte.  The journey takes roughly an hour, and when you arrive you will check into Tia Helena.  After lunch we suggest you visit the Tamar Project (turtle NGO) Visitor Center and then on to Papa Gente's Natural Pools for snorkeling.

Day 13
After breakfast, you’ll be taking an 8-hour adventure tour.  Begin by exploring the region of Sauipe, where you’ll take a 4-Wheeler Tour through the Atlantic forest vegetation and along rivers.  During the ride, there’ll be a stop at the Sauípe River for a swim and to go down the rapids on inner tubes.  Lunch will be at a fisherman's village.  Then you’ll take a canoe trip down the pristine Imbassai River which is surrounded by snow-white dunes.

Day 14
Today you may choose between one of 2 tours:  Horseback riding or Sauipe River Catamaran


  1. Horseback ride will begin by taking you through a lake, then along sand dunes, followed by a trail through tropical forest to the Castelo Garcia D'Avila and finally winding down and along the beach back to the village.
  2. 7 km Catamaran ride to the mouth of the River Sauipe, passing through beautiful areas of coastal rainforest vegetation and mangroves.  A specialist guide will tell you about the various ecosystems and you’ll have the opportunity to swim and do a bit of bird watching.


    Day 15
    We suggest you take the morning to relax by the pool or on the beach and maybe do some last-minute shopping in the village for presents to take back home.  After lunch, you’ll be driven in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to the airport.


    We’re certain that you will have enjoyed your trip and we look forward to seeing you again in Brazil.


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