Your adventure starts in the colourful, rhythmic city of Rio. You’ll be met in the morning and driven to your hotel in Santa Teresa, one of the city’s oldest bohemian districts. The first afternoon of your tour of Brazil, your guide will accompany you on a cable car ride to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the vibrant city and Guanabara Bay sprawling below. For an even bigger impact, take a helicopter ride over the city.
A Brazil guided tour is the best way to explore this giant city. In the morning, visit the towering Corcovado Mountain to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. From this vantage point, you’ll see why Rio is called the Cidade Maravilhosa (marvellous city). Lush mountains and turquoise-fringed beaches make this a truly spectacular view. Discover more beauty as you explore Tijuca, the world's largest urban rainforest.
Today you’ll explore the city of Petropolis, once the summer residence of the imperial family of Brazil. This attractive mountain resort is famous for its museum and fine architecture. The city centre has a distinctly European flavour with its picturesque houses and old fashioned lamp posts. You can easily explore on foot or, for a bit of added romance, take a horse and carriage.
Fly to Belo Horizonte, then be driven towards the colonial jewel of Ouro Preto. You can stop en route to tour the pretty town of Congonhas, one of the most important towns during the gold rush of the 18th-century. Once you’ve arrived at your comfortable colonial hotel in Ouro Preto, close to the main square, you can enjoy a stroll around its winding, cobbled streets. In the afternoon, head to the Church of St Francis of Assisi and the museum.
Take a walking tour of Ouro Preto, exploring some of its highlights with your guide. In the afternoon, you can head out to the village of Mariana, a delightful colonial town built on the riches of gold deposits, once so abundant they could be picked up from the riverbed. Here, explore the cathedral, the Minas Gerais Plaza and the art museum of this National Heritage Town.
The day is yours to explore the town of Ouro Preto or we can arrange further excursions to nearby towns and villages. If you choose to explore this historic colonial town, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy spectacular views of the 23 churches which are spread out across the hilly panorama. You can also explore the unique and culturally significant arts scene in the city.
Fly north to the state of Bahia and enjoy two nights at Convento do Carmo, a converted monastery located in central Salvador, one of Brazil's most vibrant cities. Salvador is the centre of an incredible arts movement and houses many wild festivals throughout the year. For a more relaxed experience, you can visit the gorgeous coastline that lies just outside the city.
This morning, tour the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site combining a wealth of colonial architecture with a vibrant African influence. Here you can watch religious followers reconnect with mystical African gods in Candomble ceremonies. In Salvador, descendants of African slaves have preserved their heritage in unprecedented ways.
Fly south to Porto Seguro and drive to the hip coastal town of Trancoso, often visited by the Brazilian elite. This attractive town with its large main square is a very relaxed place to unwind for a few days, away from the hustle and bustle. The city’s main attractions are its beaches and crystal-clear ocean. You can also explore the famous historic square, which is full of colourful houses and chic bars and restaurants.
Relax by the beach or enjoy any number of activities from sea kayaking to capoeira lessons. Venture to the south bank of the Trancoso River where you’ll find a bustling Praia do Nativos, where you can go horse riding. You’ll be staying at Uxua Casa Hotel, one of our favourites in Trancoso. It’s set within the historic ‘village green’ and is one of the only boutique hotels in the area.
Return to Porto Seguro to fly via Sao Paulo back to the UK full of stories of vibrant cultures and exquisite natural beauty.