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Brazilian Coastal Explorer Salvador Da Bahia - Belem

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 - Salvador Da Bahia ( 19th Aug 2019 )

Welcome to Salvador! 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 Salvador.

Border information: If you are starting in Salvador, enter Brazil at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA code: SSA)

In Salvador we stay in a comfortable hotel

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Watch a candomblé ceremony in Salvador

Included in Kitty
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 2 - Pirambu, Aracaju ( 20th Aug 2019 )

Today we head north up the coast of Bahia, into the state of Sergipe.  Along the way we will make a stop at the Projeto Tamar - a research station involved in the protection of Brazil's fives species of turtle, which spans 1000km and 9 of Brazil's states. The best time to visit is September to March when the spawning occurs.

Afterwards we will continue our journey north to Aracaju, where we can chill out in one of the town's seafront eateries, listen to some traditional forro music and enjoy the fresh crabs that the town is known for. 

Approximate Driving time - 332km / 7hrs

We will spend the night in a local Pousada

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Tamar Turtle Conservation Project

Included in Kitty
Day 3 - Olinda ( 21st Aug 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 - 540km / 9hrs

We will spend the next two nights in a local Pousada

Day 4 - Olinda ( 22nd Aug 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 5 - Canoa Quebrada ( 23rd Aug 2019 )

Today we have a drive day to the seaside town of Canoa Quebrada.

In Canoa Quebrada we will stay in a local Pousada

Approximate Driving Time – 629km / 10hrs

Day 6 - Canoa Quebrada ( 24th Aug 2019 )

Huge pinkish sand dunes dominate the area of Canoa Quebrada, it's a fantastic spot to kick back and relax after a week of overlanding, or for the more energetic; try your hand at kite surfing, take an evening horseback ride along the beach, head out on a beach buggy. There's a laid back small town to explore too.

We will stay in a local pousada

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 7 - Jericoacoara ( 25th Aug 2019 )

An all day drive brings us to the laid back beach town of Jericoacoara, or 'Jeri' as it's affectionately known. Access to Jericoacoara is only by 4x4 through unpaved tracks through the dunes, making it a wonderfully hard to reach place.  

Approximate Drive time - 440km / 8hrs

Day 8-9 - Jericoacoara ( 26th Aug 2019 to 27th Aug 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! 

We will stay in a local Pousada

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Learn to kitesurf in Jericoacoara

USD 160

Take out quad bikes to visit the area around Jericoacoara

USD 65

Visit the beautiful Lagoa Paraiso

USD 30

Enjoy the waves and rent a surf board

BRL 25-60

Try a 90minute Capoeira class

BRL 35

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

BRL 150
Day 10 - Parnaiba ( 28th Aug 2019 )

Today we drive to the town of Parnaiba, the gateway to the Parnaiba delta and the Lencois Maranhenses National Park.

We will stay the night in a local pousada.

Approximate Drive Time - 250km / 3hrs

Day 11 - Lencois Maranhenses National Park ( 29th Aug 2019 )

Today our adventure into the Lencois Maranhenses National Park begins; we head out in 4WD to the port (Porto dos Tatus), where 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. 

After visiting Tutoia we will spend the night in Atins in a small pousada on a sand bank. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Day 12 - Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Barreirinhas ( 30th Aug 2019 )

Today we will head out in motor boats through the Preguica River, to the protected area of Pequeneos 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.

We will spend the night in a Pousada in Barreirinhas.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the stunning Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 13 - Sao Luis ( 31st Aug 2019 )

This morning we will head out in 4WD into the lagoons, enjoy a swim and explore the dunes before heading back to the Truck and continuing our journey to the beautiful UNESCO town of Sao Luis.

We stay in a local guesthouse.

Approximate Driving Time - 250km / 4 hrs

Day 14 - Sao Luis ( 1st Sep 2019 )

Today we can enjoy the UNESCO world heritage site of Sao Luis, the only city of Brazil to be founded by the French. The city is full is interesting museums and the historic centre houses beautiful, pastel coloured colonial mansions.  You can take a boat trip to the more laid back town of Alcantara, you may spot the Scarlet Guara birds on your way.

We will stay in a local Guesthouse.

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 15 - Belem ( 2nd Sep 2019 )

Our final drive day brings us to Belem where the mighty Amazon River meets the Atlantic.  

We stay in a local hotel.

Approximate Driving time: 574km / 11hrs (including a ferry journey)

Day 16 - Belem ( 3rd Sep 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 17 - Belem ( 4th Sep 2019 )

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Belem. Please note that there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your Sales agent if you would like to book additional nights in the hotel.

If you are continuing your trip to Boa Vista, we will depart early this morning on a passenger boat to Macapa.

Border information:  If you are leaving in Belem, you will most likely exit Brazil at Val de Cans–Júlio Cezar Ribeiro International Airport (IATA: BEL)

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

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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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Departing: 25 Oct 2019
Returning: 10 Nov 2019
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
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Departing: 13 Mar 2020
Returning: 29 Mar 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
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Departing: 20 May 2020
Returning: 5 Jun 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
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Duration: 17 days
Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
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Departing: 23 Oct 2020
Returning: 8 Nov 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
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Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
$1,715 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 12 May 2021
Returning: 28 May 2021
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
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Returning: 1 Sep 2021
Duration: 17 days
Route: Salvador Da Bahia - Belem
$1,755 USD + $870 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 22 Oct 2021
Returning: 7 Nov 2021
Duration: 17 days
Route: Belem - Salvador Da Bahia
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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