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Rio To Salvador 2018
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This overland tour starts and ends on the beach with a host of cultural and natural highlights in-between. Your trip will start with a cocktail on Copacabana or night out on the town in Rio and move on to the charming gold rush town of Ouro Preto, following in the footsteps of treasure hunters of the past.

Then there is Brasilia, a futuristic architectural city built in the centre of Brazil as it’s new capital. Ahead of its time in the 1960’s its still a marvel to behold and many of the buildings are unique.

Contrast with the beauty of the cobbled streets of Lencois, the old prospecting town where black diamonds where pulled out of the silt of the river and the Chapada Diamantina with its array of rivers, waterfalls and rock formations.

The highlight of this amazing trip is the vibrant and musical Salvador on the coast. A hub of art, culture and fusion of styles with a distinctly West African feel. Renowned for the capoeira style of dancing, try it if you dare!

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  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ZRS1/201139
  • Starts: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Finishes: Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil
You will Visit
  • Rio De Janeiro
  • Ouro Preto
  • Petropolis
  • Tres Marias
  • Brasília
  • Alto Paraiso
  • Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park
  • Lencois
  • Chapada Da Diamantina National Park
  • Itacare
  • Salvador Da Bahia

Itinerary

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Day 1: Rio De Janeiro

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Today there will be a group meeting day at 18:00hrs, please meet in the hotel reception.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Rio. If you would like to book additional nights of accommodation to really explore the city, please contact your Sales agent.

Border information: If you are arriving in Rio, enter Brazil at Rio Galeão International Airport International (IATA code: GIG) Airport.

In Rio we will stay in a comfortable hotel

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Day 2: Ouro Preto

Today we will drive to the beautiful old colonial mining town of Ouro Preto.

Along the way we will stop at Petropolis, the cool hill-side hideaway for local Cariocas escaping the heat of Rio. We will have 2 hours to explore the Museu Imperial, the former Imperial Palace, wander the town or visit the Palacio de Cristal, the site where the last slaves of Petropolis were released.

Approximate Drive Time: 450km / 8hrs

In Ouro Preto we stay at a comfortable hostel

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Day 3: Ouro Preto

Today we will enjoy a half day guided tour of Ouro Preto, well known for its colonial architecture and the first Brazilian town to be considered a UNESCO world heritage site.  In the afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the town, visit the museum or some of the stunning baroque churches.  There are some fantastic cafes and restaurants in Ouro Preto. Don't forget your camera today, Ouro Preto one of the most picturesque towns on our itinerary!

We will stay at a local hostel.

 

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Day 4: Tres Marias

We have a full day drive through the Brazilian countryside. We will find a nice spot and camp for the night near Tres Marias.

Approximate driving Time - 400km / 8hrs

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Day 5: Brasília

Today we arrive in the futuristic capital of Brasilia. In the morning we will enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city, which was designed and built to be the Brazilian Government's headquarters in 1960.  The city is designed to resemble a plane, and is a UNESCO heritage site, housing some incredible, futuristic style Cathedrals and Monuments.

Approximate driving time - 550km / 10hrs

In Brasilia we will camp in a campsite on the edge of town

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Day 6: Alto Paraiso

After our morning tour of the city, we will drive to the chilled out town of Alto Paraiso, which will be our base for exploring the Chapada dos Veadeiros.  Alto Paraiso is crossed by Parallel 14 (in the same way as Machu Picchu) and is at the centre of some fantastic stories of space ships and aliens! 

Drive time approx 3hrs, 150km

We will camp in a well equipped camp site.

 

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Day 7-8: Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park

We have two full days to explore the National Park. The Chapada dos Veadieros is one of Brazil's hidden gems, one of the oldest and most beautiful tropical ecosystems in South America and home to incredible waterfalls, rock formations, caves and grottoes.  

This morning we will have an included visit to the Vale da Lua or the Valley of the Moon, so called due to the rock formations giving it an appearance similar to the moon.

This area is perfect for hiking, horse and bike riding and of course swimming in natural pools and soaking up the parks atmosphere. It is said that due to the high amount of quartz in the ground, that this Chapada is glows from space!

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Day 9-10: Lencois

Over the next two days we will travel overland across the central Brazilian countryside, towards the town of Lencois and the stunning Chapada Diamantina, bush camping en route. 

On Day 9 we will aim to travel approximately 500km / 9hrs and find a nice bush camp along the way.

On Day 10 we will aim to travel 400km / 8hrs, we stay in an eco-tourism campsite in the laid back town of Lencois.

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Day 11-12: Chapada Da Diamantina National Park

We will spend 2 full days in Lencois, the gateway to Chapada da Diamantina National Park.  A former diamond-mining town in Bahia. Lencois's friendly inhabitants, great restaurants, cobbled streets and brightly coloured buildings make it a great town to explore.  

The Chapada Diamantina could be one of the most striking national parks in South America and Lencois is the perfect base for our adventures.  Here we have the opportunity to hike, ride, kayak, relax by awesome waterfalls, take a dip in the rivers and explore intriguing cave systems.

We will camp in Lencois for two nights.

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Day 13: Itacare

We head to the coast today, to the beautiful beach town of Itacare, with it's stunning Atlantic rainforest, laid back eco-friendly cafes and bars, and the opportunity to surf, relax and explore. 

Approximate Driving Time - 515km / 9hrs

Tonight we will camp in a Campsite with facilities

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Day 14: Itacare

Today we have a free day to explore the area, enjoy the beach, take part in some of the many adventure activities available here, or visit the stunning Peninsula de Marau, stopping off at Praia Taipus de Fora and Lagoa Azul.

We will camp this evening at a campsite with facilities.

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Day 15: Salvador Da Bahia

Today we drive to the beautiful town of Salvador da Bahia. Salvador is a vibrant and exciting place to visit, with its bright colonial architecture, tasty street food scene, great music and impressive Capoeira, there's plenty to keep us busy for 2 days.

We stay just by the old centre of Pelourinho in a lovely hotel.

Approximate driving time - 250km / 7hrs

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Day 16: Salvador Da Bahia

Free time to explore the energetic and vibrant city of Salvador, known around the world for its Carnaval festivities. Salvador is home to over 300 churches, the historic centre is recognised by UNESCO and full of interesting architecture, brightly coloured buildings and cobblestone streets. It's an excellent place to witness the African culture in music and dance and enjoy some delicious street food.

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Day 17: Salvador Da Bahia

Today is the final day for passengers finishing their trip in Salvador. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your Sales agent if you would like to book an extra night of accommodation or to continue the journey north.

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

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Time to explore unique colonial Ouro Preto and its architectural heritage
    • Full day guided tour of Brasilia
    • Head into the beautiful Chapada Diamantina National Park
    Tour Staff
    • 2 crew, local guides as necessary
    Accomodation
    • 60% Camping - 40% Hotels
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