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Lençois Maranhenses: 2-Day Combo Package

1. Lençois Maranhenses: 2-Day Combo Package

Discover the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park — a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during the rainy season — with 2 incredible days of activities. Marvel at the wild scenery of the desert and the scenic beauty of the lagoons in this unique landscape. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights arriving before 6:30 AM. Arrive in Barreirinhas, and set out at around 2 PM in a 4x4 vehicle to cross on the ferry. Then, follow a trail to get to the Lençois Maranhenses National Park, admire the dunes, and take a refreshing dip in the clean, blue lagoons. After watching the spectacular sunset at the top of the dune, return to Barreirinhas. Day 2 Depart around 8 AM on a speedboat tour of Preguiças River, a calm river with lots of different typical trees and palms on its margins. The first stop will be in Vassouras village, at the limit of the dunes. Interact with the monkeys, refresh with some coconut water, and peruse the local art. Next, head to the village of Mandacaru where it's possible to see and climb a lighthouse. Soak up a panoramic view of the region, the park, the river, and the sea. Make your last stop in Caburé village, an arm of sand with the river on one side, and the sea on the other. Spend some free time having lunch and swimming in the river or the sea. Finally, transfer back to your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights departing after 11 PM.

Lençois Maranhenses: 3-Day Combo Package

2. Lençois Maranhenses: 3-Day Combo Package

Delight in 3 days of activities and discover the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during the rainy season. Enter this huge oasis from the gateway town of Barreirinhas, and marvel at the scenic beauty of the lagoons that attract visitors from all over the world. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights arriving before 6:30 AM. Arrive in Barreirinhas, and depart around 2 PM in a 4x4 vehicle to cross the ferry. Then, take a trail to get to the Lençois Maranhenses, admire the dunes, and refresh with some swimming in the clear blue lagoons. After watching the amazing sunset at the top of the dune, return to Barreirinhas. Day 2 Depart around 8 AM in a 4×4 vehicle and start the 1.5-hour drive to Atins. Upon arrival, enjoy a short walk to visit some natural lagoons formed by rainwater. Take the opportunity to dive into the clear waters of the lagoon and snap some beautiful photos. Next, be amazed by the meeting of the Preguiças River and the sea at Atins Beach. Enjoy some free time to swim and relax on the sand. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included in the tour price) famous for grilled shrimp. After lunch, spend some time resting and relaxing in hammocks before returning to Barreirinhas. Day 3 Depart around 8 AM on a speedboat tour of Preguiças River, a calm river with lots of different typical trees and palms on its margins. Make your first stop in Vassouras village at the limit of the dunes, where it's possible to interact with the monkeys, have some coconut water, and buy some local art. The next stop will be at the village of Mandacaru. Here, see and climb a lighthouse to have a panoramic view of the region, the park, the river, and the sea. Make your last stop in Caburé village, an arm of sand having the river on one side, and the sea on the other. Enjoy free time to have lunch and swim in the river or the sea. Finally, transfer to your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights departing after 11:00 PM.

Amazon Jungle: 3- or 4-Day Tour at Ipanema River Guest House

3. Amazon Jungle: 3- or 4-Day Tour at Ipanema River Guest House

Enjoy an amazing adventure through the beautiful and diverse Amazon Jungle to the enigmatic Ipanema River area, spotting the unique Amazonian flora and fauna. Pension of the Ipanema is 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Manaus, an approximate driving time of 3 hours by car and speedboat. The Lodge is on the banks of the Negro River and has a guest lounge area, restaurant, and seating for up to 50 guests. Packages include accommodation, round trip transfer from Manaus, all meals (full board), and bilingual guided activities as outlined below. Day 1: 8:00 AM: Pick-up at your hotel and transfer to the port 8:30 AM: Speed boat ride passing through where the rivers Negro and Solimoes meet 9:00 AM: Transfer to the guest house, arrive at 11:00 1:00 PM: Lunch  3:00 PM: Go down the river and observe pink and grey river dolphins and other wildlife 7:00 PM: Dinner  8:00 PM: Cayman spotting Day 2: 8:00 AM: Breakfast  9:00 AM: Depart on a jungle hike and learn about rainforest plants 1:00 PM: Lunch 3:00 PM: Fishing expedition for peacock bass or piranhas (depending on the season) 7:00 PM: Dinner  Day 3: 5:30 AM: Rise early for a bird-watching sunrise tour 8:00 AM: Breakfast 9:00 AM: Visit a native family and learn about their culture and various tropical plants 1:00 PM: Lunch 2:00 PM: Return trip to Manaus, or when choosing the 4-day option, depart for a guided overnight camping in the jungle  5:00 PM: Arrive at Manaus When the 4-day option is selected Day 4: 8:00 AM: Breakfast 10:00 AM: Return to the lodge 1:00 PM: Lunch 2:00 PM: Return trip to Manaus 5:00 PM: Arrive at Manaus The rooms feature mosquito screens, balcony nets, natural water showers, twin beds for up to 3 guests per room. Daily breakfast features a buffet with seasonal fruits and juices, bread, milk and coffee. Lunch and dinner feature grilled meat or chicken, regional fish, salads, pasta, rice, juices and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not included.

Fortaleza to/from Jericoacoara Transfer

4. Fortaleza to/from Jericoacoara Transfer

Benefit from a private or shared transfer service to/from Jericoacoara and Fortaleza with daily departures, including holidays. Take a comfortable trip which lasts about 6 hours to/from Jericoacoara and Fortaleza. In addition to the comfort of your transportation, be accompanied by a tourist guide that will give you information and tips of main sights of Jericoacoara. To stretch your legs, make 2 stops en route. From Fortaleza/Jericoacoara, stop at Pedra Furada, and from Jericoacoara/Fortaleza, stop at Paradise Lagoon. Both locations boast picture-perfect scenery and great views.

From Fortaleza: Morro Branco, Fontes, & Canoa Quebrada Beach

5. From Fortaleza: Morro Branco, Fontes, & Canoa Quebrada Beach

Your first stop will be in Morro Branco, about 50 miles (85 km) from Fortaleza, where you will walk through the beach and see the main feature of Morro Branco which includes the cliffs with colorful sands, formed by years of erosion caused by wind. After that, you will do a brief visit to Fontes Beach, in Beberibe.  The last stop is at one of the most popular and visited beaches in Ceará, Canoa Quebrada. The red cliffs and the lifestyle of the natives give the old fishing village of Aracati, 175 kilometers from the fortress, a different energy from anywhere else. Canoa Quebrada is famous for being home to Broadway do Nordeste, a street diverse in cultures and types of gastronomy. When arriving in Canoa, head to the beach shack with all services you need. The rest of the time will be free for you to enjoy the beach, take a great swim in the sea, and taste the wonderful local cuisine. The return of the tour takes place around 4:00 PM, with expected arrival in Fortaleza at 7:00 PM.

From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

6. From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in São Paulo, journey to the coastal cities of Santos and Guarujá, approximately 80 kilometers from the capital. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 1-hour drive through expansive sections of the Atlantic Forest, and then discover the largest maritime port in Latin America upon arrival at Santos. Marvel at the countless shipping containers and cargo vessels in the Port of Santos, where thousands of immigrants arrived in Brazil at the end of the 19th century to work on the great coffee plantations. Get to know the main tourist attractions of the city, both in the historic city center and on the edges of the city. Learn how coffee production influenced the local way of life and customs, and hear more about the important historical figures of the area who affected not only the state of São Paulo but the country as a whole. Then, take the ferry to Guarujá on Santo Amaro Island, known for its large selection of beaches, restaurants and lookout points. Since the 1970s, following a boom in the local real estate market, the island has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of São Paulo. Go to a lookout point to get some amazing views and take some excellent souvenir photographs. Stop at an excellent local restaurant to enjoy the local seafood before making your way back to São Paulo.

From Jericoacoara: Preá Beach and Paradise Lagoon Tour

7. From Jericoacoara: Preá Beach and Paradise Lagoon Tour

Discover the highlights of the stunning coastline around Jericoacoara, with round-trip transportation from the city. You will be picked up from your hotel around 8:30 AM to start this full-day activity through the beautiful landscapes near Jericoacoara. Stop for a photo at the Árvore da Preguiça, an incredible tree growing horizontally by the sea. Pass Preá Beach, a traditional fishing village where local culture is still preserved. Continue to the Blue Lagoon and relax in the crystal clear waters. Ride through local forest to reach your next stop, Paradise Lagoon. Take time to relax and swim at this beautiful place. Finally, stop at the sand dunes to take amazing photos on your way back to Jericoacoara, where you'll be dropped off back at your hotel. The tour ends at 3:30 PM.

Salvador: City Highlights Private Tour

8. Salvador: City Highlights Private Tour

Choose from 5 different itineraries to best fit your time in Salvador and your preferences. Explore the city's highlights on a private tour with an expert guide and learn about the historical background of the city. • 4-Hour Cidade Baixa - Salvador Outskirts Tour Visit the lower city of Salvador and get to know the coastal area of Baía de Todos os Santos. Go to Dique do Tororó and enjoy a panoramic view of the Arena Fonte Nova football stadium. Next, see the beaches of Ribeira and the Itapagipe Peninsula and visit a tile-painting workshop. Taste a tropical ice cream at the traditional Sorveteria da Ribeira and head to the famous Senhor do Bonfim Church. Get a beautiful view of Montserrat Fortress and end your tour visiting Mercado Modelo, a major landmark of colonial Brazil where you can find a wide variety of vendors selling art and handicrafts. • 4-Hour Old Salvador with Pelourinho Tour Learn about the rich history of Salvador by starting your tour at Santo Antonio da Barra Fortress and Lighthouse. Then, visit the monument to Brazilian Independence, and walk the UNESCO-inscribed Historic Center of San Salvador de Bahia, also known as "Pelourinho.” Visit the Jesuit Basilica Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assis, two of the most extraordinary religious buildings in Brazil. • 6-Hour Salvador Essentials Tour with Local Snack Make the most of your time and see the main sights in the city in this combo tour of the Cidade Baixa – Salvador Outskirts and Old Salvador with Pelourinho tours. Have a quick stop to try a crepioca (included) and taste a unique flavor of Bahian gastronomy. • 7-Hour Old Salvador with Pelourinho Tour & Salvador Beaches Live Salvador at its best and combine history with beach relaxation. This tour combines the Old Salvador with Pelourinho tour with some time to enjoy Praia do Flamengo and Stella Maris, two of the best beaches in Salvador. Lunch is not included. • 8-Hour Salvador Essentials Tour with Regional Lunch  Take the complete tour of Salvador combining the Cidade Baixa – Salvador Outskirts and Old Salvador with Pelourinho tours at a more relaxed pace with a stop for a traditional Bahian lunch (included).

Lençóis Maranhenses: Transfer São Luis and Barreirinhas

9. Lençóis Maranhenses: Transfer São Luis and Barreirinhas

Enjoy shared transfer service to or from Barreirinhas and São Luiz with daily departures, including holidays. The trip will take around 4 hours and 20 minutes with a stop on the way to purchase snacks and to stretch your legs. São Luís is the capital of Maranhão in the northeast of Brazil. Its colonization has a history of disputes between French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Indigenous people, leaving a rich and intense cultural collection as its legacy. In addition, the São Luís culture is represented in famous festivals, such as Bumba Meu Boi and the Tambor da Crioula, which fill the streets in June. Barreirinhas is located on the coast, 252 kilometers from the capital, São Luís. The city is known for being the gateway to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during rainy season. The wild scenery of the desert and the scenic beauty of the lagoons attract visitors from all over the world, searching for this unique experience in Brazil's Northeast.

Salvador: 4-Hour Candomblé Mysteries Tour

10. Salvador: 4-Hour Candomblé Mysteries Tour

Salvador is a city that holds that largest black population outside the African continent and hence, it is known as the Black Rome. It has preserved as part of its historical legacy an intense African-Amerindian religiosity.  The city safeguards charms and mysteries, hidden in magnificent places that you will have the opportunity to visit through this itinerary, carefully prepared in order to demystify erroneous notions and impressions disseminated over several centuries about religions of African origin in the world. The route begins in the Afro-Brazilian Museum which, through its collection, narrates the history of enslaved Africans and the transatlantic trade, and the ebb and flow of enslaved peoples and their identities. The artifacts come from several regions of the African continent, allowing you to understand the countless intellectual, artistic, cultural and religious manifestations of these peoples in Brazil. You will visit the Pierre Verger Foundation, the French anthropologist responsible for developing literary and photographic records of the history of slavery, and extensive audio visual documentation. You will get to know a maroon community, places that served as a haven for black people and their African gods during the colonial and post-abolition periods in Brazil. Soon after, you will get to know a Candomblé terreiro from the ewe-fon a nation of daomeniana origin and have the opportunity to consult the sacred oracle (optional activity - extra cost). As you walk through the streets, you will see the urban and cultural development of a slum originated from a maroon community, in the company of guide from the community, who is initiated in these traditions and knowledgeable of these historical processes.

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based on 426 reviews

This tour was fantastic! Our guide was so knowledgeable and had so much insight to share, including his own personal stories and experiences. We got to see several parts of the city and learn about the history in ways we never could have by just reading about it. The rain and the museum being closed threw a few kinks in the plan, but those were obviously beyond his control and he was able to adjust and take us to a market instead which was super interesting. Highly recommend!

This was a fantastic experience. We had a super early morning flight and were afraid that Uber wouldn’t come through or be able to find a driver at that time. We booked this literally like6 hours ahead of time AND moved it up an hour shortly after, and they totally accommodated. The reliability was amazing, and the ride itself was comfortable and got us there with plenty of time to spare. Highly recommend.

We had an incredible experience in the Amazon! The night sleeping in the jungle was a particular highlight- enjoyed piranah fishing, Cayman spotting and all the exciting activities. Our tour would not have been the same without our guide, Conrad- He was AMAZING! So knowledgeable and really made such an effort, personalising our tour to make sure we got the most out of everything. Highly recommended him:)

I can recommend it. The communication is quite good through whatsapp and they respond in english which is great. There is a guide through the whole journey who you can basically just follow and he can help with any requests. All in all it was quite comfortable and probably better than the direct catamaran for someone who has a seasickness.

Thank you for an amazing bout and jungel tour. Super nice and clever goud! We recommend!