Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Northern Brazil: Hiking & Beaches tour
Salvador Sao Paulo Northern Brazil: Hiking & Beaches Trip

Northern Brazil: Hiking & Beaches

Intrepid Travel Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4.6 . Excellent
95%
Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
8 days
From: $ 2,150 $ 269 / day
Checking price

Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Chase cascading waterfalls and plunge into natural pools as you traverse the meandering trails of Bahia’s Chapada Diamantina National park with your expert guide.
  • Master the martial art of Capoeira with a short lesson in this Brazilian tradition that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.
  • Taste the Brazilian firewater that is Cachaca with a visit to a local bar that distills its own range of this unique cane liquor – try it as part of the national cocktail, the world-famous Caipirinha!
  • Experience the contrasts of Salvador on a panoramic tour of the culture capital of Brazil. From the historic heart of Pelourinho, to the serene waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula.
  • Feel the island breeze from the shores of Morro de Sao Paulo and unwind on the palm-fringed beaches of this tropical paradise.

Short Description

Experience the heart and soul of Brazilian culture and its remote interior wilderness as you embark on an eight-day adventure that breathes vibrant history and natural beauty. Feel the pulse of Afro-Brazilian beats on the streets of Salvador, sip Caipirinhas on the palm-fringed shores of Morro de Sao Paulo and traverse rugged plains and thundering waterfalls in the verdant landscapes of Chapada Diamantina National Park. Find yourself among lush jungles, picture-perfect beaches, colourful colonial houses and jaw-dropping caves on this perfect Brazilian blend of relaxation and exploration.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Array
Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Salvador
End City Salvador

Travel Theme

Cultural High Adventure

Destinations

Brazil

Attractions & Cities Visited

Salvador Sao Paulo

Activities & Interests

N/A

No Single Supplement
See more

Itinerary

Day 1 Salvador

Bem vinda! Welcome to Salvador, the heart and soul of Brazil and the birthplace of Brazilian culture. Your adventure begins at 6 pm with an important welcome meeting. If you arrive early, take the time to relax or explore. As the oldest city in the country and the nation’s first capital, Salvador has transformed from what was once a major hub for the slave trade, into a thriving centre of Afro-Brazilian life. Considered Brazil’s most artistic city – the blended influence of European, African and indigenous cultures prevails through Salvador’s lively art scene, unique cuisine and vibrant streets – filled with an immersive energy thanks to year-round dance and music performances. During your free time, why not acquaint yourself with the historic Pelourinho district – a UNESCO World Heritage site, characterised by its colourful colonial houses adorned with fine stuccowork. Perhaps take the time to admire some of the most well-preserved architecture in all the Americas, such as the exuberant Sao Francisco Church and Convent, with its extravagant baroque design and gold-leaf interior. This evening after the meeting, you might like to join your fellow travellers for a group dinner and indulge in some Salvador specialties.

Day 2 Salvador

After breakfast, depart on a panoramic tour of the cultural capital of Brazil. Begin with breathtaking views of Baia de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints) from the viewpoint of the city’s historic landmark, Barra lighthouse, before continuing to the serene waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula, where fisherman catch fresh fish from traditional canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide and life moves at a slower pace – all under the gaze of the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil. Your tour continues with a visit to the Monserrat district for sweeping views of this magnificent city, then on to the Mercado Modelo – once a customs house for processing slaves arriving in Brazil, now a thriving market offering an array of artisan goods. Your tour concludes along the narrow, winding streets of the Pelourinho district in the historic centre of Salvador. This afternoon, try your hand at the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, which combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music – visit a school where you can observe a demonstration, followed by a short lesson. In the evening, discover the quintessentially Brazilian firewater that is Cachaca, as you visit a local bar that distills its own range of this unique cane liquor. Experiment with the many flavoured versions of the pure spirit – or try it as part of Brazil’s national cocktail, the world-famous Caipirinha.

Day 3 Morro de Sao Paulo

This morning, fuel up on breakfast and transfer from your hotel to the Salvador port to catch a high-speed catamaran to the island of Morro de Sao Paulo (approximately 2.5 hours), where a blend of lush jungles, picture-perfect beaches and tranquil waters wrap around a charming town that oozes historic character, and is home to a stunning church that dates back to the 1600s. Located almost 60 kilometres south of Salvador, one of the many attractions of the island is that it’s (for the most part) car-free, so upon arrival, observe the laidback village life as you make your way to the hotel on foot (for a small charge, local porters are available to transport heavy luggage with wheelbarrows). Once you’ve settled in, join your leader for an orientation walk around the town and nearby beaches before enjoying a free afternoon at leisure to explore this island paradise! This evening, why not unwind in one of Morro’s many barzinhos and watch the sleepy island burst to life after sunset – with its charismatic candle-lit luaus, rhythmic afro-Brazilian beats and free-flowing caipifrutas – Morro has something for everyone from day to night.

Day 4 Morro de Sao Paulo

Today is free for you to relax on the beach, enjoy the many local dining options, or take an optional tour by speedboat around the island. The tour takes in some of the Tinhare and Boipeba islands' most beautiful beaches as you circumnavigate Morro de Sao Paulo. First, cruise to Praia de Garapua, an idyllic palm-fringed beach with nearby natural pools rich in colourful reef fish – choose to snorkel in the turquoise waters or perhaps treat yourself to the famous ‘cocadas’, a typical sweet made of coconut and sold along the shoreline by locals. Continue by speedboat to Morere, on the island of Boipeba, and discover a secluded beach spot only accessible by boat. This stretch of paradise offers a tranquil and remote escape from mainland life thanks to its continued avoidance of tourist and urban development. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the pristine waters before stopping for lunch at Boca da Barra beach, where you’ll feast on an array of regional cuisine consisting of local ingredients. This afternoon, cruise to the Rio do Inferno, a water passage that divides the Tinhare and Boipeba islands, then on to Cairu to visit the Santo Antonio convent – one of the oldest standing pieces of colonial architecture in Brazil. On the way back, make a stop at Canavieira's natural oyster breeder, where you can taste their various fresh dishes and take one last swim in the ocean. Upon arrival in Morro de Sao Paulo, opt to stop at the historic fort and end your day basking in the rays of a beautiful island sunset.

Day 5 Lencois

Fill up on a hearty breakfast today as you leave behind the island life of Morro de Sao Paulo and make the long journey to the mountainous interior of Brazil, and the former diamond mining town of Lencois – gateway to the verdant landscapes of Chapada Diamantina National Park. First, sail back to the Salvador port before transferring to the station and taking a public bus (approximately 6 hours) through market towns and plantations, deep into the state of Bahia. After arriving and checking into the hotel, the evening is free to explore the brightly coloured buildings and cobbled streets of this charming colonial town where you’ll be spending the next three nights.

Day 6 Chapada Diamantina National Park - Lencois

This morning, embark on a six-kilometre guided hike within the Chapada Diamantina National Park that surrounds Lencois. Officially designated a national park in 1985, this hiker’s paradise spans over 1520 square kilometres and has drawn naturalists and adventurers ever since – all keen to explore the endless trekking trails which wind through rugged and rocky plains, thundering waterfalls, underground rivers, crystal clear lakes and quartzite caves – and discover the abundance of plant and animal species that inhabit this biodiverse ‘lost world’. Your expert guide will lead you through undulating terrain to a series of beautiful natural wonders, including Cachoeirinha (little waterfall), Primavera (spring) and Cataratas Paraiso (paradise waterfalls). Following an included lunch in the town of Lencois, continue your exploration on a three-kilometre walk to the Ribeirao do Meio River, famous for its clean, calm waters, natural water slide and jacuzzi!

Day 7 Chapada Diamantina National Park - Lencois

After breakfast, enjoy another full day of hiking and activities. The day begins with a visit to the Rio Mucugezinho, a river that forms a variety of natural swimming pools including the Poco do Diabo (Devil’s Pool) waterfall, which aptly gets its name from the deep, dark water – feel free to take the plunge! After lunch, visit the Gruta Azul (Blue Cave), where at a certain time of day, the sun rays filter through an opening in the rock, beaming down on to the crystal-clear water, creating an astonishing vivid blue colour. Continue your exploration of natural wonders by descending 70 metres underground to wander through one of the most beautiful caves in Brazil, the Gruta da Lapa Doce. Explore 850 metres of fascinating limestone formations, before finishing the day with a short hike to the top of Morro do Pai Inacio (Father Inacio’s Hill) where you can enjoy panoramic views as the sun sets over the Chapada Diamantina National Park – a memorable finish before you return to Lencois for the evening.

Day 8 Salvador

Fill up on an early breakfast and bid farewell the stunning surrounds of Lencois as you travel back via public bus to Salvador. The bus departs this morning at 7.30 am and arrives in Salvador approximately 6 hours later at 1.30 pm. There are no activities planned for this afternoon – if you are leaving Salvador today, please ensure that flights are booked to depart at 5 pm or later, to avoid any risk of a missed flight in the event of delays.

Availability

Checking price
Price From $ 2,150
Price Per Day: $ 269 per day
Checking price

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Intrepid Travel.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

3,749 Intrepid Travel Travel Reviews & Ratings

95%
4.6 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 2,806
Great 645
Average 123
Disappointing 59
Terrible 116
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6

Northern Brazil: Hiking & Beaches

No reviews yet for this trip. Be the first one to write a review

Company Reviews

Intrepid EBC Trek.

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Could not recommend Intrepid Travel Highly enough. The holiday to EBC was expertly organised and arranged and meet all my expectations. The Intrepid staff went above and beyond to make my trip one of the best holiday experience i have ever had.
Read more

good for tourists and locals

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
We have done two previous Intrepid tours, and found them to be a fantastic way to experience a country. We were really looking forward to our trip to Costa Rica in December, but sadly that has had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.
Of course we are disappointed not to be going this year, but Intrepid have handled this situation brilliantly.
They have given us a credit for all that we had already paid plus 10% extra, so when this situation improves we will be able to book again.
I was very pleased with this offer, and appreciate that they are trying to help their associates and colleagues in the destinations who have been hit hard by this pandemic.
I am surprised by people complaining that they have cancelled trips and asked for a refund but not got back the money already spent on the booking, this was in the T&C so people should expect to have to get the additional costs back from their travel insurance. Customers of Intrepid will want to use them again as the tours are exceptionally good, so it makes sense to take the credit note option, especially as that way Intrepid are not only waiving the costs already incurred, but adding an additional 10%.
Looking forward to booking again soon.
Thanks Intrepid for being a conscientious company.
Read more

Intrepid India

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
I have travelled with Intrepid for the past 16 years. Last year it was through Eastern Europe in June and to Rajasthan in October. Both trips were excellent. The Rajasthan trip was a comfort tour (first time, usually its basic)..the accommodation was great often with a pool, the transport comfortable and our tour leader exceptional. We visited forts and palaces, ate wonderful food and met lovely people. The colour and vibrancy of Rajasthan is fantastic. Can't wait until we are able to travel again.
Read more

First time to India

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
We had never travelled to India before our trip in late 2019. We were meeting up with family in Delhi, and prior to this we decided to do the Golden Triangle trip. This tour was fantastic and gave us a wonderful introduction to this beautiful part of India and it's people. Our guide, Koni, was wonderful, knowledgeable, caring and great fun. Our trip to Jaipur and the Taj Mahal in Agra were standout experiences in a trip of wondrous days and nights. We really appreciated Koni's knowledge of the areas we visited, and her skill in managing the group and our travels. We felt very confident by the end of this trip and able to relax into the next part of our solo travels. I would highly recommend this trip for first timers ( and others) to India.
Read more

Fantasitc trip of Egypt

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
This was a fantastic trip covering a great number of the highlights of Egypt. Well paced, good accom and an excellent tour leader. I would definitely recommend this trip and Intrepid for anyone interested in the region
Read more

Fantastic

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Had a fantastic 9 days in Morocco with Intrepid. My first trip with them (but certainly not my last) the hotels in the original level of tour were good, better than I expected. The tour guide fun and knowledgeable, helpful and a generally great guy. The places we visited were great, places we ate - especially the home stays were delicious. It was a great holiday and I would highly recommend Intrepid for their safety, travel and organisation skills. Particularly like the fact they help local communities by not staying in huge hotels but home stays.
Read more

Details

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 12

Accomodations

Hotel (7 nights)

Guides

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Additional Information

Finish point

  • Salvador Central Bus Station
  • Terminal Rodoviário de Salvador Av. Antônio Carlos Magalhães, 4362
  • Pernambués
  • Salvador
  • BRAZIL

Trip ID#:

intrepid-GGSN

×
Great Choice!

Now, Unlock Member Savings

Our Travelstride Select trips allow you and your travel companions to save up to $700. You wouldn’t want to miss that, right?

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Travelstride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits

By signing in, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!

x
x
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

x
Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!