Arrive In Salvador
On arrival in Salvador a driver will be at the airport to meet you and take you to your hotel. Check-in and recover from the flight. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. Your hotel, in the heart of historical Salvador, is surrounded by lively cafes and shops, there is plenty to explore and keep you busy. You are moments away from Pelourinho, the district renowned for music, dining, nightlife and architecture. You cannot help but notice the colourful colonial buildings at every turn, this area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from as you soak up the atmosphere and buzz of this fascinating city.
Guided Tour In Salvador
Well rested, start the day with breakfast at your hotel. Then you begin a half day tour of the city with a bilingual guide. The tour takes in some of the main sites of the city starting with the famous Farol da Barra lighthouse. Heading for the Upper City and passing through Corredor da Vitoria, Camp Grande and Piedade you explore Pelourinho. This historical neighbourhood is a fine example of 17th and 18th century architecture. From the viewpoint at Elevador Lacerda you can admire views of both the upper and lower city. The superb churches are well worth a mention, particularly Sao Francisco de Assis and Ireja dos Rosario dos Pretos, a place of worship built by descendants of African slaves. Afterwards you return to your hotel and the rest of the day is free.
Salvador To Lencois
After breakfast you are transferred by car to Lencois, the gateway to Chapada da Diamantina National Park. It's a long drive of 6 hours, with chances to stretch your legs on the way. Take this opportunity to enjoy the scenery as it passes you by. In Lencois you can take a walk along the Lencois River in the afternoon, and visit Serrano Park, just a 15 minute walk from the centre of town. Enjoy a dip in the refreshing natural pools, visit the beautiful Primavera and Cachoeirinha waterfalls. Continue through the park to the look-out point, your reward is a wonderful panoramic view of Chapada Diamantina that stretches out before you. Return to your hotel to freshen up before heading out to dinner.
Short Hikes In Chapada Diamantina
You have an 8.30 am pick-up this morning and Chapada Diamantina National Park is on the agenda. Travelling by car enables you to cover more ground, but there are ample opportunity to get out and walk. The first stop is Iraquara, the Cave Capital. You walk through Lapa Doce, a huge limestone cave boasting impressive rock formations. This is followed by a regional lunch and a visit to Pratinha Farm and Blue Cave. Saving the best till last, you have a 20 minute hike to the top of Morro do Pai Inacio. This flat topped mountain affords 360 degree views over the park and is a wonderful spot to watch the sunset before heading back to Lencois.
Hike To Fumaca Waterfall
Don your walking boots, as today you have a full day excursion to Fumaca, one of Brazil's highest waterfalls. You are driven to the Capao Valley and the trail starting point. Initially it's an uphill hike for about 2 km but then flattens out for the next 4 km. Enjoy the views of the mountains and valleys as you follow the trail. Once you reach the 400 m lookout point you have a lunch break before retracing your steps back to the car. Don't forget your swimwear as a refreshing dip in the Riachinho River will be a wonderful break from the hike.
Chapada Diamantina To Salvador
After breakfast it is time to leave this beautiful corner of Brazil and the breathtaking views. You are collected and driven back to Salvador, arriving in the afternoon. You may decide to relax at your hotel before dinner, or, if you prefer, you can head out to explore more of the city. No plans have been made, so you are free to do as you wish.
Salvador To Boipeba
Leaving the bustling city of Salvador behind, you embark on the journey to Boipeba Island, where the next few days are spent exploring and relaxing, a complete contrast to Salvador. The first part of the journey is by car, you are dropped at the Mercado Modelo Pier for the scheduled boat trip to Itaparica Island. On arrival you take another car to Valenca. Then it's one last boat ride over to Boipeba Island. All in all, the journey takes about 4 hours. Island life is very different to that on the mainland. There are no cars, transport is by tractor-trailer, mule carts and your own two feet - blissfully simple.
Free Day On Boipeba
Your time is your own on Boipeba Island and you can choose to spend it how you wish. There are plenty of tours on offer which can be arranged for you. Popular pastimes are boat tours around the island, stopping at various bays and beaches along the way. Private or group tours of the mangrove swamps enable you to explore the ecosystem and seek out wildlife, with timings dependent on the tides. A lovely way to finish the day is a boat tour with a stop at Canavieras, a small village where you can stretch your legs and perhaps enjoy a plate of oysters. Enjoy sunset on board and then return to the island for dinner.
Free Day On Boipeba
You have another day to explore the island at leisure. Enjoy the tranquility of your hilltop hotel, relaxing by the pool, walking in the grounds and enjoying a massage. Alternatively you may choose to spend a little time on the beaches, listening the waves lapping the shore and watching palm trees sway in the breeze. Venture out to discover the amazing restaurants and bars, mix with the locals who have made this little island their home. If you are here between July and mid-September you may be lucky and see humpback whales as they migrate past the island. Make the most of this wonderful hospitable little island and its friendly people.
Boipeba To Salvador
Sadly, it's time to leave Boipeba today, as you return to Salvador for the last night of your trip. The boat journey happens in reverse, so you retrace your steps and are finally dropped off at your hotel in Salvador. This is your last opportunity to take a wander around this beautiful town, amble down to the waterfront and explore the side streets for more undiscovered restaurants and shops or return to your favourites. It's an ideal opportunity for some last minute purchases and a chance to enjoy the atmosphere and history of this colourful town.
After breakfast at Villa Bahia you are collected for the transfer to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your home-bound or onward flight.
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