Bahia Heartland & Landscapes Of The Interior

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Run by: Veloso Tours

Reference number: diamante

From: £2791.00

Highlights

  • Enjoy a relaxed journey through Bahia, for a glimpse of life in Brazil's Northern region
  • Visit historic Salvador, home to some of the finest colonial architecture in the Americas
  • Admire table-top mountains, river caves and remote waterfalls at Chapada Diamantina
  • Relax on the idyllic white sand beaches of Morro Sao Paulo

Salvador da Bahia - Days 1 - 4

Day 1 - Flight: London to Salvador da Bahia

Take a daytime flight on Air Portugal via Lisbon or Air Europa via Madrid, to Salvador da Bahia, arriving the same day in the evening.

Day 2 - Walking Introduction to Salvador da Bahia

Salvador is at the heart of Brazilian identity with roots in Portuguese colonial history, blending with African music and customs. The old centre of Salvador, the Pelourinho, was restored and became a UNESCO World heritage Site with cobbled streets, colonial architecture and churches. Our guide will take you on a short walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get your bearings upon arrival and gain a feel of the city life, the people and the culture. This short introduction (one hour) is done with your arrival transfer after checking in at your hotel.

Day 3 - City Tour of Salvador

Take a guided journey through the cobbled streets lined of Salvador, with splendid colonial houses, which stand as a reminder of a bygone era when Salvador was at the height of its glory in the 18th century. We explore the upper and lower parts of the city, we visit the numerous churches, squares, fortifications and symbols of Salvador's rich diversity of faiths and cultures, as we immerse ourselves into the heart of Brazil's colonial roots from Portuguese and African influences.

Day 4 - At Leisure in Salvador

Today you have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and relax. Suggested excursions include: Visit the Old city of Cachoeira in the "Reconcavo Bahiano" or a cruise of the Bay and Island of Itaparica.

Lencois Diamantina - Days 5 - 8

Day 5 - Travel to Lencois

Our guide will met you at your hotel to take you to the coach station for the long regular coach journey (6 to 7 hours) inland to Lencois, set in an area of outstanding beauty and remoteness, with lush flat-top mountains, canyons, waterfalls and vast limestone caves. Transfer the Hotel Canto das Aguas Hotel, located on a riverbank beside a waterfall. 

 

Day 6 - River Trail Excursion 

Walking tour of Lencois including the coloured sands, the river, the waterfall and a trek along the River Sossego. Return to the pousada.

 

Day 7 - Waterfall Trail Excursion

About 68 km drive from Lencois is the village of Capao. There we will start a trail to one of the highest waterfalls in Brazil, Fumaca, which is 366 metres high. We will walk for 6 km, climbing for 2 km. Stop at Cachoeira do Riachinho waterfall for a swim. Afternoon return to Lencois

 

Day 8 - River Cave Excursion

We leave Lencois to the Mucugezinho River, located 20 km from Lencois. Here we have a short trek by the river, followed by a swim under a tall waterfall named Poco do Diabo. We continue on to Lapa Doce Cave located in Iraquara, a small city 70 km from Lencois, where we walk for about one hour and see typical formations like the stalagmites and stalactites. We also visit Pratinha Cave, 6 km from Lapa Doce, which has pure, clear river water and is a good place to swim. In the afternoon we visit Pai Inacio Mountain, in the centre of Chapada, from where we get a beautiful view of the two biggest mountains in the National Park.

Salvador da Bahia - Days 9 - 10

Day 9  - Travel to Salvador

Transfer to the coach station for the return journey to Salvador, arriving in the afternoon.

 

Day 10 - At Leisure in Salvador

Today you have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and relax. Suggested excursions include: Visit the Old city of Cachoeira in the "Reconcavo Bahiano" or a cruise of the Bay and Island of Itaparica.

Morro Sao Paulo - Days 11 - 15

Day 11 - Sail to Morro Sao Paulo

South of Salvador at Valença we board a schooner to sail to the remote tropical island of Morro de São Paulo. This former fishing village is a tranquil paradise of swaying palm trees and mangroves, with colourful bird life and 40km of pristine beaches.

 

Day 12 - At Leisure in Morro Sao Paulo

You have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and relax. You could walk in the rolling hills surrounding the bay to find secluded beaches and tranquil settings to watch the local wildlife in this idyllic setting. 

 

Day 13 - At Leisure in Morro Sao Paulo

You have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and relax, why not wander the sandy track through the village to visit the ancient fortress and lighthouse.

 

Day 14 - At Leisure in Morro Sao Paulo

You have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and relax, we recommend snorkelling in the crystal clear waters to explore the coral reef or just relaxing on the beach.

 

Day 15 - Return to the UK

Return by boat to Salvador (Optional return flying on a small general aviation propeller plane. Option to stay in Salvador before returning home). You will be met at the pier and taken to the airport for our overnight flight, arriving home on Day 16.

What's Included

  • 16 Days / 13 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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