Day 1. Rio de Janeiro arrival
Once arrived at Rio de Janeiro airport our team will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free.
Day 2. Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado, Pan de Azúcar
After lunch we will leave to visit the city and start by the climb to the emblematic Corcovado promontory overlooking Rio de Janeiro with the statue of Jesus Christ. We will go up in cars the 700 meters of altitude to join the site.
From the top we can enjoy the breathtaking view of Rio. Then we will go down again through the District of Santa Teresa and we will discover this Historic Quarter on foot
In the afternoon we will take the cable car to reach the Pan de Azucar summit overlooking Guanabara Bay.
We will return to the hotel around 5.30pm and the rest of the day will be free
Corcovado starters and pan de azucar included.
Meal not included.
Overnight at the hotel.
Option: fly a few minutes by helicopter from the mirador of Dona Marta.
Day 3. Rio de Janeiro – Ilha Grande
We will take the road to go to the port of Angra dos Reis to take the boat and sail to Abraao on Ilha Grande. Upon arrival at the port we will transfer to the Pousada or the rest of the day will be free.
Day 4. Trek to Lopes Mendes beach
After breakfast we will leave for a hike and reach the beach of Lopez Mendes at the other end of the island. A few hours will be needed to reach this white sand beach. We will enjoy a moment on this beautiful beach before returning to our Pousada. Meal not included (possibilities of restoration on the way). Night in pousada.
Day 5. Ilha Grande – Conceiçao – Paraty
After breakfast we will enjoy the last moment on Ilha Grande before heading to the port and continue to Paraty
We will arrive at the Port of Conceição de Jacarei. (regular line about 40 min crossing - unaccompanied - ticket included) Our team will wait for you to accompany you to your hotel.
After settling in the hotel the rest of the day will be free to discover the city.
You will be able to discover its churches and alleys its museum and in the surroundings its superb beaches.
Meal not included. Night in pousada.
Option: guided tour of Paraty with a French speaking guide.
Day 6. Paraty – Sao Paolo
Today we leave Paraty to drive to Sao Paolo the Megapole of Brazil.
São Paulo is among the world's most populous cities in the world, with a lot of cultural institutions and very interesting architectural tradition from neo-Gothic cathedral to modernist curvy building and also colonial-style church left by th jesuit missioner whom create the city in 1554.
Day 7. Sao Paolo
Meet your English-speaking guide at 10:00am for a visit of town.
Many sites and museums can be visited, among which: Ibirapuera Park, the Japanese district, the cathedral, Páteo do Colegio, the São Bento convent, the Municipal theater, Terraço Italia, the Luz station, the museum of Sacred Art, a painting collection, Avenida Paulista, the Gardens, the governor’s palace, the Casa da Fazenda, the Foundation Oscar Americano, the Morumbi stadium, the museum do Ipiranga and the Institut Butanta.
Entry pass to museums and sites not included.
Return to the hotel around 06:00pm.
Night at the Pestana São Paulo hotel (breakfast included).
Included : English speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast
Day 8. Sao Paolo – Iguazu
Free morning. In the early afternoon we will head to Sao Paolo airport to join Iguazu.Our team will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free.
Day 9. Iguazu Argentinian side
We leave the hotel and be transferred to the airport of Salta to flight to National Park of Foz de Iguazu. Once arrived our team will pick you up to drive to the hotel.
This park was created in 1934 and measure 55.000 hectares. There are 275 falls from 30 to 80 meters high. An ecologic train and 3 stations have been built in purpose to preserve the environment of each tour. The lower tour (1700m) has 8 belvederes on a terrace which allow a direct contact with the vegetation and the waterfalls.
The higher tour (1200m) which cross from the top part of the waterfalls Dos Hermanas, Chico, Ramírez, Bossetti, Adán y Eva, Bernabé Méndez, and finish in Mbigua and got 6 belvederes where we can appreciate the rainbow formed by the San Martin, Escondido, Dos Mosqueteros, Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros waterfalls. We continue toward Puerto Canoas 3 kilometers away from the Iguazu river bank where the third terrace start, from there we the best view on the most impressive waterfalls: La garganta del diablo. In the center of the waterfall there is the island of San Martin where we can walk, 650 meters and 172 steps to access the different panoramas views. We will be able to appreciate the different panoramas like this one use in the movie Mission (1986) take precisely from this spot. We will walk also on the green path (600m), and observe the animal and plants. After this nice and impressive visit, we will go back to the hotel where the rest of the days is free.
Day 10. Iguazu Brazilian side
After breakfast we will visit the Iguazu Waterfall Brazilian side. We will discover through the bridge and miradors the Floriano et Teodora da Fonseca waterfalls and finish our visit with the San Martin waterfalls with a complete view on the waterfalls and on San Martin Island. The rest of the day is free.
Day 11. Iguazu – Salvador
After lunch we will drive to Iguazu Airport to flight further in the north of Brazil and precisely to Salvador de Bahia.
Once arrived at Salvador airport our team will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free.
Day 12. 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)!
The second part of this tour will be dedicated to the “low city” at the foot of the elevator. The first thing you will see is the Mercado Modelo, a neoclassic building which was used to receive the slaves arriving from Africa. It burnt to the ground in 1986 and has then become a handicraft market.
You will finish this tour by the Bonfim church, see its railings embellished by rainbow-colored ribbons called “fitas” and enter the Miracle Room, where people bring ex-voto hoping to heal wounded family members and friends.
In the evening, your driver will bring you back to the hotel.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private)
Day 13. Salvador - Recife – Olinda
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.
Your Portuguese speaking driver will come to pick you up at Recife airport and bring you to your hotel in Olinda.
In the morning, your English speaking guide will come to pick you up to visit one of the most beautiful and well-preserved Brazilian colonial city.
You will first head towards Praça do Carmo square and the Nossa Senhora do
Carmo Church, which was built around 1580. You will then go uphill through the colorful streets to the São Francisco convent, before going to the Alto da Sé (the city highest spot). We advise you to come back to watch the sunset. Finally, you will go downhill to visit the Contemporary Art Museum located in a former jailhouse.
Drive back to the hotel.
Included : entrance fees, private transport, excursion (private)
n.b 45 minutes' drive.
Included : transfer departure, private transport, transfer arrival
Day 14. Recife
Your English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel for a full-day city tour of Recife, the capital of the Pernambuco state.
First, you will head towards the Marco Zéro square, at the heart of the historical city center, which symbolizes the foundation of Recife by the Portuguese in 1537.
You will then cross Bom Jesus street, where is situated South America oldest synagogue – Kahal Zur Israël – which reminds us of the importance of the Israelite community in the city development.
After a lunch near Pátio de São Pedro square, you will visit the Capela Dourada, a Brazilian Baroque chapel with walls covered in gold built between 1696 and 1724. You will then enjoy a walk through the arborized Praça da República.
If you wish, you can also visit the famous Francisco Brennand workshop and Ricardo Brennand's castels and wax museum.
Included : private transport
Day 15. Recife - Natal - Fortaleza – Guajirú
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 : private transport, transfer arrival
Day 16. 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 17. Jericoacoara - Delta of Parnaíba
In the morning, your Portuguese speaking driver will pick you up at the hotel and drive you to the Delta of Parnaíba.
You will follow a road along the seashore and cross the little village of Tatajuba. With its sea loch, dunes and coconut palm plantation, it is for many travelers one of Ceará most beautiful landscapes.
The first river crossing is made at Guriú beach, a small fishermen’s spot.
You will then cross the Coreaú River, on the other side of which is the Camocim village. The dance of the fishermen’s boats over the waves is one of the pictures you will remember from Ceará.
You will then follow the road until reaching Parnaíba, where you will spend the night (either in the city itself or on a Delta island, depending on the hotel location).
n.b. 4 to 5 hours’ drive.
Included : private transport.
Day 18. Delta of Parnaíba – Atins
Full day transfer from the Delta of Parnaíba to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.
You will first take a motorboat through the Delta waterways until Tutoia harbor. On the way, you will have the opportunity to observe the rich Delta fauna. Caimans, monkeys and kingfishers are among the animals you will probably see.
In Tutoia harbor, your driver will be waiting to drive you to the Caburé shoal by a coastal road.
After your lunch in Caburé, you will take a boat for 20 minutes to Atins, one of the gates to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.
n.b. 6 hours’ transfer.
Included : private transport, excursion (private)
Day 19. Atins
Departure at 8h00 from your hotel towards the Lençóis Maranhenses Park. After a short 4WD ride to Canto do Atins, you will walk approximately 50 minutes between sand dunes and lagoons and eventually reach the Lagoa Verde. After enjoying a refreshing bath, your driver will take you to a restaurant where you will taste the famous shrimps of Dona Luiza.
Return to Atins around 18h30.
Included : local guide, private transport, excursion (private)
Day 20. Atins - Barreirinhas - São Luís
You will take a motorboat from Atins to Barreirinhas.
n.b. 1 hour 30 minutes transfer.
Your driver will pick you up in Barreirinhas to drive you to your hotel or to the airport in São Luís (5 hours' drive).
Included : private transport
Day 21. São Luís departure
According to your time of departure* you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. For international flights, it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services.
Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.
Porterage: Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus. You will have to carry the personal belongings (camera, water, etc.) which you need during the day.
Service: For group above 4 people you will be accompanied by a tour leader in the chosen language. His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. Don’t hesitate to ask him if you are unsure of anything and, very important, to follow his advice.
Included in the price:
- Water, air and land transfers as indicated in the program
- Accommodation in hotel/hostel in double rooms, Ecolodge, shelter, home stay, camping, bus and plane as indicated in the program.
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- The assistance of specialized local English speaking guides, their fees and expenses
- The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7)
- Visits as outlined in the program
Not included in the price:
- Entrance fees to sites visited, national parks and museums as indicated in the program (allow for approx. 1500 Argentine Peso (Argentian national currency) per person – in Brazil (allow for approx. 150 Brazilian Real (Brazilian national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Meals not mentioned, drinks, tips, individual equipment, everything not mentioned in “included in the price” and all personal expenses
- Individual obligatory personal travel insurance (this could be included with your credit card – please check with your credit card provider)
- The supplement for a single room: 390 USD (subject to availability, must be reserved and paid upon reservation). Attention; no single room available for the nights with accommodation in shelter, home stay and camping.
- Possible visa expenses
- International flights