"If it's possible, once you've had enough of the Brazilian Beaches and Rio, get exploring Fernando do Noronha in this amazing insight into Brazil!"
Take an alternative tour of Brazil, going off the beaten track to explore some of the country’s lesser-known but equally exquisite attractions. Discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, the stunning island paradise of Fernando de Noronha and the picture-postcard perfect Pipa Beach. Starting in Rio, gaze upon the colossal and iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer at the summit of Corcovado Hill, before exploring the city’s pulsating bohemian neighbourhoods and beautiful beaches. After a couple of days soaking up the atmosphere in Rio, you’ll fly to Salvador de Bahía, where the cobbled streets are alive with the sounds of Afro-Brazilian music, and Capoeira martial artists perform in the open air.
Continuing north, you’ll visit the quaint colonial town of Olinda, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Meander through streets of colourful and irregular stone houses, and visit ancient churches and monasteries. Visit the small archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, one of the world’s best diving locations; its Marine Reserve is home to a fantastic array of sharks, dolphins, tropical fish and turtles. Returning to the mainland, you’ll journey to Praia de Pipa, one of Brazil’s most pristine beaches - sit back and relax as you watch the dolphins leaping and playing in the water, marking the end of your tour.
Chimu Adventures aims to minimise its impact on the environment and support local communities in any way possible. The company strives to source guides, meals and transport from the communities it operates in rather than importing. Chimu Adventures prides itself on the fact that all operations for this tour are carried out by locally-owned companies, and they select locally-owned hotels which share their values in terms of social and environmental responsibility. The company's guides are highly experienced and qualified, and are paid above the minimum wage; since they are local, travellers are able to gain a more authentic insight into the communities and environments they visit.
Travellers are encouraged to minimise their carbon footprint whilst touring with Chimu Adventures, and are provided with information and advice on responsible waste disposal and how to offset carbon emissions. This ensures that guests are equipped with the knowledge necessary to help them protect the diverse ecosystems they visit. The company also practices what it preaches, with sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company/staff vehicles, and processes to help create paperless offices and reduce waste. Chimu’s ‘Pass it On’ programme empowers local people, providing funding to help Latin American communities develop their own infrastructure. Finally, Chimu Adventures also offers travellers the chance to make a positive impact by visiting community projects.
Upon your arrival in Rio de Janeiro, you will be met before transferring to your hotel.
You’ll depart early from the hotel (between 7-7.30 am), touring to the bottom of Corcovado Hill. You’ll then drive the 4 kilometres up the mountain through the Tijuca Forest (the world’s biggest urban National Park) to arrive at the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Take in the amazing panoramic views for a while, before continuing on to the Maracana Stadium. You’ll also pass by the Sambadrome and the Metropolitan Cathedral, before journeying to Copacabana through the bohemian neighbourhood of Lapa. You’ll feast on a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch before enjoying views of the sprawling city from Sugarloaf Mountain.
Enjoy a free day in which to relax on one of Rio’s stunning beaches such as Copacabana or Ipanema, or explore the city at your own pace.
Take a private transfer to the airport where you’ll fly to Salvador. Upon your arrival, you’ll transfer to your hotel.
A Lower City tour provides you with an alternative perspective, taking you to the Itapagipe Peninsula where life is slow-paced and quiet. Watch fishermen paddling about in dugout canoes, locals collecting shellfish when the tide is low and schooners anchored on the shore. This all happens under the protection of one of Brazil’s most important and deeply syncretised churches, the famous Bonfim church. Test your bartering skills at the Mercado Modelo, a bustling market, and enjoy panoramic views of the city in the Monserrat district.
Explore Salavdor de Bahía at your leisure.
Take a morning transfer to the airport before flying on to Salvador. After touching down you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in Olinda.
Visit the beautiful Recife, a city bursting with attractions and beaches strewn with coconut huts. Here, discover the José Estelita Pier, the 17th century Five Point Fortress and Francisco Brennand’s Park of Sculptures. Continue your tour on the island of St. Antonio, stopping en route at Republic Square where you can marvel at the Palace of Princes Fields, the Golden Chapel and the Theatre of Santa Isabel. Your next stop is Olinda, a city named a ‘Cultural and Natural Heritage of Mankind’ site by UNESCO.
Explore Olinda at your own pace as you enjoy a free day.
Transfer to the airport in the morning for your onward flight from Recife.
With two free days, why not explore the tropical islands of Fernando do Noronha? There are plenty of optional activities to enjoy, particularly if you want to indulge in some scuba diving!
Transfer to your hotel in Praia de Pipa.
Visit Formosa Bay, where manatees come to raise their young, and enjoy the Star Forest reservation, home to an array of flora and fauna. Discover the Coca-Cola Lagoon, so-named for the colour of its waters, and take optional buggy tours of the lagoons, ecological trails and beaches.
Explore Praia de Pipa at your leisure.
At the end of the tour, travel to the airport for your onward flight.