Your day-by-day itinerary
The colonial town of Olinda is one big open air museum filled with churches, museums and art galleries. Its historic hub is bursting with local charm where pastel-coloured house line cobbled streets and music drifts through the air. You will stay in a traditional pousada, where you can wander the streets and get to know this quiet colonial town or head to nearby Recife for a spot of people-watching at one of the bustling beaches.
Coconut Palms and Fishing Villages
Over the next 6 days you’ll drive along Brazil’s coastline from Recife to Salvador on this self‐drive trip. En route you’ll pass throughtraditional Brazilian fishing villages, patches of rainforest, tropical townsand of course many miles of white sandy beaches. This morning you’ll be collected from yourhotel and given detailed driving directions before heading south past sugarcaneplantations to Porto Galinhas. You’ll stay at a colourful pousada by the beach, only 5 minutes drive from town. While in ‘chicken town’, you’ll have a large selection of souvenir shops to browse.
The following day you are free to relax in this quirky town, head to the dunes for an exhilarating buggy ride, snorkel off shore in protective sea lagoons or simply relax by the pool. Excursions can be booked locally. On day 3 you’ll travel further south passing by dozens of beaches. When you reach Pontal de Boqueirao you’ll take the ferry across the river for 10 real, about £3. You’ll pass through a few more towns before arriving in Maceió, the capital of the state of Alagoas. It’s a friendly, sun‐drenched town with a lively boulevard and fun beach bars.
Take your time and have a look around Maceió on the morning of day 4. You can sail through the city’s canals or visit the coral reefs off the coast. Afterwards travel on to Penedo; a town by the sea where you’ll stay for the night. Day 5 you’ll start off early for a drive along the Coconut Highway and arrive in Aracaju around midday for a spot of lunch with a view. You’ll stay here for one night.
On day 6 you will drive along the coast to Praia do Forte, a small town which is made up of a ‘boulevard’ with several souvenir shops, restaurants and bars. Whilst you’re here we recommend a short drive to one of the nearby sweeping sandy beaches. You will spend 1 night here before dropping off your car in the city of Salvador.
On Foot through Diamond Canyon
If you love the great outdoors, you’ll love Chapada Diamantina National Park. We’ll reserve your seats on the bus to take you to this land of table mountains, mysterious caves, waterfalls and breathtaking plateaus. You’ll arrive in Lencois, a cowboy town once inhabited by gold and diamond prospectors, after around 6 hours. We’ll make arrangements for you to spend two nights at a local colonial pousada, perched high upon a hill top.
During the trip we’ll arrange a local guide so you can explore the area’s most interesting spots. Your guide will take you hiking past waterfalls where prospectors once searched for gold and diamonds. You’ll also have an opportunity to go snorkelling through a network of caverns or you can climb a table mountain. On the evening of your third day we’ll arrange your reservation aboard the overnight bus to Salvador, arriving early the next morning.
Cobbled Streets of Salvador
Back in the colonial days when the Portuguese ruled over Brazil, the arrival of African slaves brought African culture and traditions to Salvador de Bahia. The current combination of Indian, Portuguese and African influences really gives this city its unique identity. We believe the best place to experience this melting pot of cultures is in the historic Pelourinho district.
Upon your arrival in Salvador you’ll find one of our local guides waiting for you. They’ll tell you all about the city and its heritage as they take you to your comfortable pousada in the Pelourinho district. During your stay you will head out with your guide to explore this historic district, as you wander along the cobbled streets you will learn all about the history and how the religions and cultures from Africa have mixed with the Portuguese heritage to create a unique Bahian community.