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14 Days Salvador & the Bahia

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Terra Brazil is a local travel agency based in Rio de Janeiro.

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14 Days Salvador & the Bahia

The region of Bahia is full of treasures with incredible landscapes and an amazing mix of cultures. The capital Salvador has a contagious energy and is the heart of the Afro-Brazilian culture. The Chapada Diamantina National Park is one of the oldest geological sites on the continent. This playground provides a variety of activities, such as trekking. Then, the Bahiana coast and the southern islands are a perfect place to enjoy some relaxing days.

DAY 1

Arrival in Salvador de Bahia

Airport pick up by your English-speaking guide and transfer to the hotel. End of the day free to enjoy the beaches of the Barra neighborhood.

Salvador, 3 nights
DAY 2

Salvador / City tour

Visit of the area best representing the heart and soul of Salvador with your English-speaking guide. With the influences of its African origins, the city has built a unique identity in Latino America, with a daily life animated by capoeira rythms and the religious festivities of the candomblé. In the morning, visit the lower parts of town: the farol (lighthouse) da Barra, the Sao Joaquim market, the Bonfim church, the animated popular area of Ribeira. After lunch, visit of the higher parts of town, with the Pelourinho histrorical area. Its prestigious architectural ensemble was renovated in its original bright colors and has superb colonial houses and many baroque churches. You will finish the afternoon at the base of the Lacerda elevador, the crossing of the lower and upper parts of the city, with a shopping time at the Mercado Modelo. Read more

Salvador, 3 nights
DAY 3

Salvador & the Recôncavo

Departure with your English-speaking guide to go to Cachoeira, one of the colonial pearls of the North East. You will drive inland and start to feel the typical ambiance of the Recôncavo Baiano. On your way to Cachoeira, you will cross sugar cane, manioc and tobacco plantations, some of which being many centuries old. Your guide will make you discovering the rich historical past of the town, which was for a time the capital of the state of Bahia. You will then cross the Rio Paraguaçu to walk through the narrow streets of São Felix. Visit of the Dannemann cigar factory, over two centuries old, and offering an exhibition of contemporary art. On the way back to Salvador, you will stop in Santo Amaro, the birth town of the musician Caetano Veloso. Read more

Salvador, 3 nights
DAY 4

Salvador- Chapada Diamantina

Bus departure at 07:00am to Lençóis. Founded at the time of the diamond rush, it is nowadays a charming colonial town with paved streets. At your arrival, you will be welcomed by your local English-speaking guide. In the afternoon, visit the town by foot. Crafting shops, jewels and local precious stones, an outstanding architecture are the charms of this tropical city with a XIXth century atmosphere. You will have the option to trek in the area, to the Serrano (where you can swim in the white water marmites) then to the Grizante river and its crystal water falls with colored sand beaches. Read more

Chapada Diamantina, 4 nights
DAY 5

Torrinha, Diabo & Pai Inacio

Departure from Lençóis with your English-speaking guide for a day excursion in a private vehicle around the great natural sites of the North of Chapada Diamantina. You will firstly stop at the cave of Torrinha, one of the most beautiful in Brazil. You will find there aragonite and gypsite formations unique in the world. Then, visit of Poço do Diabo (Well of the Devil). After lunch, on the way back, stop at Morro do Pai Inacio, symbol of the Chapada Diamantina. The climb takes 30 minutes, and from the summit you will enjoy the best panorama over the surrounding mountain ranges: Serra da Bacia, Mucugezinho, Sobradinho and the morros of Camelo and of Morrão. Read more

Chapada Diamantina, 4 nights
DAY 6

Gruta Azul & Mosquito falls

Leave de pousada at 08:30am with your English speaking guide. After one hour and a half driving through the morros (mounts), you reach the Poço Azul (blue well), famous for the blue color of its water and the ray of sunshine that reflects in it. You can even go in for a swim. In the afternoon, you will go to the Mosquito waterfall. There is a trail of 2km that ends by crossing a river with water coming up to your knees and a steep slope. The rocks of the waterfall make for natural swimming pools, surrounded by cliffs and forest. Read more

Chapada Diamantina, 4 nights
DAY 7

Fumaça Falls Hike

After a 70 km trip in a private vehicle, you will reach the peaceful village of Caete Açu, at the bottom of the Capão valley. The trek (5-hour hike) starts from there by the climb of the steep valley shoulders. When you arrive on the plateau, the hardest part will be behind you and you will then walk on flat ground until arriving to the edge of the precipice of Fumaça, one of the highest falls in Brazil with its 366 meters height. From the plateau, the fall drops into an enormous canyon covered with tropical vegetation. On the way back towards Lençóis, you will stop at the waterfall of Riachinho for an energising swim. Read more

Chapada Diamantina, 4 nights
DAY 8

Chapada Diamantina- Salvador

Free time in the morning. At midday, transfer to the bus terminal where you will board on the return bus to Salvador de Bahia (7-8-hours drive). Pick up at the bus station in Salvador and transfer to the hotel.

Salvador, 1 night
DAY 9

Boat to Morro de São Paulo

Transfer to the pier and departure (crossing in a catamaran). The Bay of Todos os Santos and the high areas of Salvador will disappear from view. After a 2-hour cruise, you will enter the narrow sand streets of Morro de São Paulo, with houses hanging from a tiny rock, animated day and night. End of the day free. Read more

Morro de São Paulo, 2 nights
DAY 10

Morro de São Paulo Island

Day open to relax on the beautiful beaches of the island, a fabulous tropical paradise with sandy streets and calm waters. The beaches have been named according to their distance from the village, from Beach 1, the closest to the village to Beach 5, the furthest away. Not very original but a lot easier for you to sort out! Read more

Morro de São Paulo, 2 nights
DAY 11

Morro de São Paulo - Boipeba

At 9:30, departure of the boat for the transfer to Boipeba (30 min crossing). The Bay of Camamu consists in an archipelago of islands very close to each others. Boipeba is the southernmost island of the group.

Boipeba, 3 nights
DAY 12

Boipeba Island

Day open on the Island. You can enjoy the deserted beaches or explore the island and go hiking, horseback riding or canoeing. Boipeba is a little paradise. The sea there is as crystal clear, the sun as intense and the beach as wonderful as in Morro, but the atmosphere of the village of Boipeba is peaceful and simple. This little corner of paradise guaranties you days in the intimacy of a delightedly beautiful nature. Read more

Boipeba, 3 nights
DAY 13

Boipeba Island

Free time to explore Boipeba. On the deserted shores of Moreré, you can alternate between bathing in natural pools and gastronomical delights, before taking the winding path to the village. All this in one program, and what a program it is...

Boipeba, 3 nights
DAY 14

Boipeba - Salvador

At daybreak, you embark on a local boat to return to the mainland (1-hour crossing between the islands of the archipelago). You eventually reach the small pier at Torinhas, then, by private transfer you push to Cairu, and finally to Valença. On Itaparica Island, you board a Bom Despacho for Salvador (1-hour crossing). Transfer to the airport for flight from Salvador. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Salvador
Day 4
Location Lençois
Day 8
Location Salvador
Day 9
Location Morro de São Paulo
Hotel Vila Guaiamu
Day 11
Location Boipeba
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Salvador
Day 4
Location Lençois
Day 8
Location Salvador
Day 9
Location Morro de São Paulo
Hotel Hotel Anima
Day 11
Location Boipeba
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Salvador
Day 4
Location Lençois
Day 8
Location Salvador
Day 9
Location Morro de São Paulo
Day 11
Location Boipeba

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • English-speaking guide at mentioned locations
  • Private transportations except when specified
  • Hotels with breakfast unless specified (there is no guaranty that you will be served breakfast if you leave the hotel before 6am)
  • Mentioned lunch and dinner “included”
  • Entrance fees to sites when specified
  • Visits and excursions mentioned

Package excludes

  • International flight round-trip
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport taxes (domestic and international)
  • Individual equipment
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned (starting at $10/per/meal)
  • Visits and excursions not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages

More information

  • The prices are per person in a double room (in a single room just for 1 traveler price).
  • Pacotes system in Brazil: Warning! During certain times of the year (carnival, New Year, Holly week, 1st of May...), the hotels and pousadas are full and work according to a system of package for a minimum number (not reducible) of nights; the fee for each night is superior to the average rate for the rest of the year.
  • Some important dates in 2017: Carnival 24/02-01/03, Champions Parade 04/03-06/03 (only in Rio de Janeiro), Easter 13/04-16/04, Tiradentes 20/04-23/04, 01st May 28/04-01/05, Corpus Christi 14/06-18/06, Independence Day 06/09-11/09, Our Lady of Aparecida 11/10-15/10, All Saints' Day 01/11-06/11, Proclamation of the Republic 14/11-20/11, Christmas & New Year 29/12-01/01/18.
  • Please note that each city has its calendar with local holidays and events.

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