- A bohemian spirit in Rio, colonial architecture in Paraty, Metis culture in Salvador: three faces of Brazil
- Former fazenda (farmhouse) in Santa Teresa, a Bahia home in the Pelourinho: charming places to see in the heart of the city
- Play Robinson Crusoe on Boipeba Island: enjoy the gentle life and walking on fine white sand
- Rio by night, percussion lessons, Salvador in the footsteps of Jorge Amado: all our usual additional services
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Explore Enchanting Brazil
Rio de Janeiro offers all kinds of magic. From Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue, to breath-taking beaches and the world famous Carnival, it’s the perfect place to kick off your itinerary. The Santa Teresa district is inhabited by celebrated directors, composers, writers and painters, making it a refuge for artists, which is reflected by the elegant architecture and bohemian feel of the neighbourhood. Up next is the white-washed port town of Paraty, home to well-preserved Portuguese architecture, with rainbow-coloured wooden doors and bougainvillea-clad walls, then onto Salvador de Bahia, which blends sub-Saharan and Portuguese cultures and boasts an impressive 365 churches.
In Rio, stay on an ancient fazenda, a lush plantation dotted with mango and palm trees, where coffee was grown in the 19th century. Discover the city at night alongside a local guide, who will introduce you to the thriving music scene and eclectic nightlife. In Paraty, your accommodation takes the form of an 18th-century merchant's house, where rooms contain a mixture of antique Portuguese and Brazilian furniture. In Salvador, stay in the iconic Pelourinho district: a haven of calm within the city, yet still a stone's throw from the most beautiful of Salvador's Baroque churches. Our local Concierge will be on-hand to offer recommendations along the way.
Flight to Rio De Janeiro
Upon arrival in Rio, you will be privately transferred to the Santa Teresa district, set on a hill overlooking the city. We love Santa Teresa's bohemian character, its terraces in the shade of banana trees, its houses with European splendour, its coveted restaurants... Accommodation for three nights in an old fazenda (farmstead), where coffee was grown in the 19th century, renovated to become one of the most luxurious hotels in the district. Safely hidden away out of sight, in a beautiful garden, spend time here between the swimming pool and the spa. The rooms, with their stylish tropical decor, are vast and very bright; concrete, lime, slate combine with contemporary Brazilian design furniture. From the hammock on your terrace, you overlook Rio and its bay. And in every corner, there are traditional crafts and art, combining contemporary and naive art. The gourmet restaurant offers one of the best spots to eat in the entire city.
Rio de Janeiro
While in Rio, visit the Museu de Arte Moderna - built in 1960 by Alfonso Eduardo Reidy - and admire its perfect architecture, chill on Ipanema beach or observe trends in contemporary art at the Anita Schwartz Gallery. For even more culture, explore the Maracana Stadium and the huge concrete cone of Sao Sebastiao Cathedral, indulge in churrasco (grilled meat) and feijoada (bean stew) or shop in the bohemian district of Lapa, where Portuguese houses in washed colours have been reinvented as second-hand clothes shops, vintage shops and antique galleries full of lovely mid-century Brazilian furniture. Once your legs are weary, sip on Amazonian fruit juice in the cool of a courtyard in Leblon, after an afternoon of shopping. Your itinerary includes meeting a local who will take you to discover his favourite bars, to experience Rio by night, before spending the rest of the evening on Ipanema rooftops, in electro bars in Botafogo's alternative neighbourhood (nicknamed by some BotaSoho) or samba clubs in the bohemian heart of Rio.
A hike in Ponta Negra is a must. A stay in Paraty would not be complete without exploring its coastline: myriad islands in a bay protected from the prevailing winds, and hundreds of deserted beaches as pristine as when the first Portuguese sailors discovered them. You will reach Ponta Negra, in Juantinga Reserve by boat. 300 indigenous Caicaras live in this small village on a cove, a few houses between the dense rainforest and golden sand. Lives here revolve around fishing. In the late afternoon, the fishermen can be seen off the creek as they lift up their huge fish-laden nets by the strength of their arms alone.
PARATY - RIO - SALVADOR
Today you will be transferred in a private car with a driver to Rio airport where you can catch a flight to Salvador de Bahia. Arrive in the heart of the Pelourinho district for a three-night stay at Villa Bahia, which combines two colonial-era houses to create a discreetly sophisticated hotel. The rooms' furniture and colour palette evoke colonial Portuguese culture, while remaining unmistakably Brazilian. In the restaurant, the chef brilliantly produces a cuisine that combines the best of both France and Brazil. There are two cool patios where you can relax with a caipirinha or you can fully unwind in the pool, a luxury in this district. From the terrace there is a delightful panoramic view of the rooftops and bell towers of the Old Town. In the morning, when you open the windows overlooking Sao Francisco and the colourful walls of the ancient houses bordering the square, and an Angolan samba melody reaches your ears, you know you're in the spiritual heart of Brazil.
SALVADOR DE BAHIA
Founded in 1549, Sao Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos (to give the city its full name) was Brazil's first capital. It is divided into two parts: the upper town and the lower town. The lower town runs along the gulf, including the harbour, the Mercado Modelo (the old customs building) and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. And also, the beautiful houses at the base of the mountain - narrow, steeply sloping streets with glazed painted tiled facades, narrow staircases, the small bars in the old quarter of Ribeira. Huge elevators - the Lacerda and the Tabuao - and funiculars connect the lower town to the upper town, where, on the hillside, the criss-crossing steep streets of the Pelourinho district are found. Here you'll find large two-storey houses, lined up in their pink, blue or ochre facades, with broad wooden jacaranda panelled floors. Find some of the masterpieces of the Brazilian Baroque: The Cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church the largest Jesuit church in the country which was completed in 1723 and is adorned with sculptures illuminated with gold, its cloister softened with glazed painted tiles. And everywhere there are candomblé (religious rites) squares and casas-de-santo (informal shrines) where orishas (minor deities) are worshipped. Stroll through the streets of Pelourinho to experience the rhythm of Bahia. Try capoeira (a martial art/dance), enjoy the pleasures of a tropical beach or visit the Vila Velha Theatre, one of the most beautiful places in Bahia, where Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, and Gilberto Gil started their careers in the 1960s. Have lunch on acaraje 'fireballs', attend a candomblé ceremony in a Catholic church or sip a cachaca, sugar cane brandy in a bustling bar. Make sure to visit the Pierre Verger Foundation. The French ethnologist and photographer, born in 1902, settled in Salvador de Bahia in 1946 and never left. He discovered a culture influenced by the heritage of the descendants of African slaves and undertook to document the various aspects of Afro-Brazilian culture, including the candomblé, a religion that combines animist beliefs of African origin and indigenous, Catholic influences, worshipping orishas, deities linked to natural elements. The foundation has displays of Pierre Verger's photographs, in the house in which he lived until his death in 1996. Your itinerary also includes a private percussion course. Percussive rhythms are part of the everyday life of every Bahian inhabitants and are at the centre of social life.
SALVADOR DE BAHIA
A tour of Jorge Amado's Bahia is part of your itinerary. With 35 novels and short stories (with some 30 million copies sold in Brazil), as well as theatre, poetry and adaptations for cinema and TV series, Jorge Amado, 'Jorge', as everyone here calls him, is the most popular writer in the country. He was the first major Brazilian writer to have a black man as his hero (from his first book 'Bahia de Todos-os-Santos', written in 1935). Throughout his works, going against the tide, he would describe the richness of Brazil's diverse population. 'You can go all around the world, but never will you find a city so rich in history, lyricism, picturesque and profound poetry,' he said of his city, Salvador. Your itinerary also includes an immersion in the world of the great writer, with a visit to the house where he lived with his second wife Zelia and their family, followed by a visit to a house in Yemanja, orisha of the sea, fish and shipwrecks - Jorge Amado was one of the first to rehabilitate candomble religious beliefs so despised by the elite.
A la carte
Historic Salvador through the Pelourinho districtAn urban walk for lovers of history, architecture and colonial churches, and to decipher the past in Brazil's first capital through discovery of the Pelourinho, the largest Baroque colonial architectural ensemble, but with a distinctly African soul. Each square bears an evocative name, each church has its particular influence, each street echoes a tradition. The tour takes you back to a distant era: that of sugar cane, of Portugal's heyday and its influence on the world.
Optional - Half-day, with a private guide
A Rough Idea of Price
- International flights with a scheduled airline
- Domestic flight Rio/Salvador
- Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Private transport airports/hotels/airports
- Rio/Paraty private car transfer with driver
- Transfer Salvador/Boipeba/Salvador by private car and boat
- Three-night stay in Rio in a superior double room, breakfast included
- Three-night stay in Paraty in a double room, breakfast included
- Three-night stay at Villa Bahia in Salvador in a superior double room, breakfast included
- Four nights in Boipeba, in a double bungalow, breakfast included
- The discovery of Rio by night accompanied by a local
- Discovering the colonial village of Paraty, with a private guide
- Day hiking in Ponta Negra, private car and boat transfers, with a private guide
- Private percussion course in Salvador
- Half-day visit to Salvador in the footsteps of Jorge Amado, with a private guide
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