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steaks and sambas, football and waterfalls - Trip for singles

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GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 14 DAYS


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The colonial Salvador de Bahia is beautifully situated in the All Saint's Bay at the Atlantic coast. It is a very vibrant city with many African influences.

Praia do Forte (Itaçimirim)



Deep in the inland you'll find the village Lençois. The area is named after the diamantes that were found here many years ago.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is beautifully situated at the sea, between bays and snow-white beaches and tropical hills. Enjoy the speedy lifestyle of this metropolis!

Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a tropical island in the Atlantic ocean where you can relax totally.



If you love small alleys, lovely plains, turquoise water and pirate stories? Then Paraty is the place for you!

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Salvador Salvador
2 Salvador Salvador
3 Salvador Salvador
4 Public transport Salvador - Lencois/Chapada Diamantina Lencois
5 Lencois/ Chapada Diamantina Lencois
6 Lencois/ Chapada Diamantina Lencois
7 Bus, Plane Lençois - Salvador – Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro
8 Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro
9 Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro
10 Boat, Bus Rio de Janeiro - Ilha Grande Ilha Grande
11 Ilha Grande Ilha Grande
12 Boat, Bus Ilha Grande - Paraty Paraty
13 Paraty Paraty
14 Paraty End of tour


Day 1: Salvador

Welcome to Brazil!

Your Brazil trip begins. Most of your travel companions will arrive today, the exact time will depend on their flight schedule. Should you wish to contact your tour leader or for any further information, please ask at the front desk of your hotel in Salvador. " Bem vindo ao Brasil! "

Day 2: Salvador

Salvador was the colonial capital of Brazil for more than three centuries and for some time stood as one of the most prosperous cities in the 'New World '. In the old center , the traces of its rich past remain evident. The highlight is the fully restored historic district of Pelourinho. Here you will find the largest collection of colonial baroque architecture in all Latin America. In the evening the beautiful squares, churches and stately homes set the stage for live performances and you can listen to the rhythms of samba, bossa nova and axé from the streets.

Day 3: Salvador

Today you may join an optional excursion to Praia do Forte, a lovely village by the beach on the Atlantic Ocean where you can easily relax. Of course you can also enjoy some fantastic snorkelling. The perfect spot for the Brazilian rhythm to start flowing!

The village of Praia do Forte is famous for its highly successful national sea turtle protection center, TAMAR ( TAMAR stands for ' Tartaruga Marinha ', which means turtle in Portuguese.

From September to March the beach at Praia do Forte serves as the breeding ground for these animals. After dark the huge turtles work their way through the sand to lay their eggs. They are then excavated by skilled employees and re-buried in a protected area of ​​beach. The project ensures that an average of one hundred eggs can hatch safely and quietly in the warm sand. In addition, from July to October, humpback whales can be seen off the coast.

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Day 4: Salvador - Lencois/Chapada Diamantina

We drive with a comfortable public bus through the interior of the state of Bahia and into the heart of the "Chapada Diamantina" National Park. The landscape in this protected area seems so surreal it could almost have come directly from a painting of Salvador Dali. You stay in the town of Lencois.

The area that you will discover in the next days is named from the gems that were for a long time mined here; diamonds. Today, all diamond mines are closed and the " Chapada Diamantina " is a large nature reserve. The high altitude means there is more precipitation than in the surrounds and it is therefore rich in exotic flowers and plant life. Make some hikes or motorised trips to some spectacular sights over the next few days, such as caves with crystal clear lakes, waterfalls and fantastically shaped rock formations.

Day 5: Lencois/ Chapada Diamantina

You can enjoy different excursions from Lencois. One of the options leads to the 'Cachoeira da Fumaça', a 380 meter high waterfall where the water disappears like mist, on its way down. A mysterious sight. This excursion takes a whole day. In the morning you drive first to a beautiful valley on the other side of the national park and go on foot with the guide. It is a journey of more than 2 hours to the top, over mountain trails and semi-arid tropical vegetation. From the top you have a magnificent view over the valley and the waterfall below. The road going down is a lot faster and on the way you will pass a small waterfall where you can cool off in the cold water (price of the excursion is €50 per person including English speaking guide). Lovely!

Evening beckons in the small town of Lencois, which offers delicious caipirinhas until the late hours.

Day 6: Lencois/ Chapada Diamantina

Waterfalls, walks through caves and caverns, valleys and ravines with surreal vistas. Arguably the literal highlight of this optional excursion is the Morro do Pai Inácio (1120 meters), which offers a fantastic sunset view over the jagged cliffs at the edge of the plateau. It is here that legend has it that an escaped slave who was in love with the wife of his boss jumped in despair off the precipice. You also visit the Gruta da Pratinha, a cave carved out by the river where the clear water invites you to swim.

You can also walk to the Rio Serrano (a river with natural pools and small waterfalls) or for example to the Cachoeira do Sossego, a deep canyon with a river bottom with a beautiful waterfall. There are also day trips to 'quilombos' (remote villages in the swamp founded in colonial times by former runaway slaves).

Day 7: Lençois - Salvador – Rio de Janeiro

In a little over 2 hours your fly from Salvador to the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro. Founded by the French in the 16th century and shortly after taken over by the Portuguese, Rio developed into a city of world stature and for over 30 years was the destination for Hollywood stars and international high society, attracted by the luxury casinos and nightclubs.

This dazzling coastal city is home to over ten million people and blessed with beautiful broad beaches and rugged rocky hills. The inhabitants of Rio ‘cariocas’, are are friendly, love music, nightlife and, like most Brazilians, football.

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Day 8: Rio de Janeiro

Time to explore this lively city. From throbbing nightlife to relaxing beaches Rio will inspire and excite. Walk or take the furnicular up to the world famous Pão de Açucar (‘Sugar Loaf Mountain’) situated in the Bay of Guanabara. Visit the Corcovado hill, with the famous figure of Christ, ‘Christo Redendor’ for breathtaking views over the city and bay. Hop on the underground to the historic city centre and marvel at the Teatro Municipal, the ancient monastery of Santo Antonio and the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. For football fans a visit to Maracanã soccer stadium, where Pele scored his 1000th goal, is a must. Visit on a Saturday to sit with hard-core fans and feel the electric atmosphere or for a quieter visit, the stadium is also open weekdays.

Ride the ancient tram through the colonial residential area of Santa Teresa, or visit the peaceful and charming botanical gardens of Jardim Botânico, created in 1808 and home to 6000 species of plants.

Day 9: Rio de Janeiro

How green can you go? TIP

If you want to see the "other face" of the city then an optional tour through one of the slums promises a very interesting tour. Rio de Janeiro is famous for the 'favelas': the poor neighbourhoods or slums with self-built, often illegal houses that have been erected upon the rocky slopes. It is believed that there are approximately 400 favelas with as many as 1.5 million people living there. Some favelas are equipped with all the basic amenities but in others, people live in appalling conditions. A portion of the revenue made from a favela tour, is donated to a school that we visit in one of these neighbourhoods.

For those looking for relaxation, the iconic beaches of Rio are pure perfection. In Rio the beach is a way of life; nowhere in the world are the sand and the sea so inter-twined with social life, so lie back and laze the days away on the world famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Day 10: Rio de Janeiro - Ilha Grande

After a bus ride we board the boat for our journey to Ilha Grande, a former prison island. Up until 1994 only prisoners and guards were allowed to set foot on the island and because of this there are no roads, just steep forest paths that are great for hiking. Its capital Vila Abraão is one of only three inhabited areas and has a good array of restaurants and bars.

The beaches are phenomenal and the sea great for snorkelling and kayaking. 35% of Ilha Grande is an ecological paradise consisting of nature reserves and some places are only accessible by small speedboats.

Day 11: Ilha Grande

Relax as you snorkel in the clear blue water, laze the day away on one of the blissful beaches or take to the sea on a kayak or schooner trip. Various marked hiking trails have been set out across the island, a favourite of which is the trek to Praia Dos Rios a beautiful beach between two small rivers that flow out into the ocean. The lush undergrowth is full of many vividly coloured butterflies and you may also pass small waterfalls and maybe even some monkeys in the trees!

Day 12: Ilha Grande - Paraty

Today you take the boat back from Ilha Grande before a bus journey to the small colonial town of Paraty on the tropical green coast between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Classed as a cultural monument under the protection of UNESCO, Paraty was one of the first harbours in Brazil, where gold and other precious metals were shipped en-route to Portugal. The town has remained entirely intact many buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Wander through the charming streets with their many restaurants and small bars or take a beautiful boat trip to the nearby islands where you can swim and snorkel, cycle through the jungle and discover beautiful beaches

Day 13: Paraty

Our second day in this delightful town. You may opt to do any of the things mentioned yesterday or in addition, for those who would like to know where the "cachaça", the local firewater, comes from- then there are various distilleries in the area where you can go along and taste it for yourself. The "cachaça" is an essential ingredient in creating a "caipirinha". Thrown in some lime, sugar and ice and there you have the most popular drink in Brazil!

Day 14: Paraty

The last day of your tour. You can use your hotel room in Paraty until check out time (most times at 12.00 hrs noon). Paraty lies on the coast, roughly half way between Rio and São Paulo so you can book a flight out of either. You can easily arrange bus transportation from Paraty. We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Brazil.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 14) is not included.

Festival trip
Join our trip on 23 February 2019 to experience the Rio Carnival. Please note that festival trips may have changed itineraries.

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