Educational Tour: Brazil History & Atlantic Rainforest

5 days

DAY 1 Salvador arrival and Educational tour
Arrival at local airport in the morning, and transfer in to local hotel. City tour in the afternoon, with first stop for lunch.
Here at Pelourinho, it’s time for simply strolling along the narrow and stone-paved streets of the upper city, passing by squares, seeing all this important site of Brazil colonial roots.
In addition to many beautiful churches, we proceed on our promenade giving a great end to this tour by stopping at Terreiro de Jesus Square for visiting the San Francisco church – with its gold leafed interior and Jacaranda wood furniture. You may have the option to have lunch either in a typical Bahia cuisine restaurant.
DAY 2 Salvador Educational tour
We begin from Barra neighborhood, with the Atlantic Ocean view and Barra’s most famous icon, the lighthouse at the Saint Antonio Fort – We walk around the first lighthouse of the entire American continent. Later we will continue passing by the Dique do Tororó where you’ll see the Orixás sculptures, representing the force of the earth by the Afro-Brazilian Goddess. Then, we pass by the Fonte Nova football stadium, proceeding to the Lower City, with a stop at the Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church site of intense religion devotion and deeply syncretized with the Candomblé religion. Then, we stop at the Forte de Mont Serrat, one of the best examples of military primitive architecture in Brazil gives a panoramic view of the city. Passing by the Ribeira neighborhood, we stop for experiencing the drink icon of Bahia, the coconut water. The tour ends with a visit to the Lacerda Elevator, which was built to connect the lower Financial Center of Salvador with the port and market. A stop at the Mercado Modelo craft market for browsing and shopping is also included. You may have the option to have lunch either in a typical Brazilian bbq restaurant or in a typical Bahia cuisine restaurant. Tour may change according to specific program.
DAY 3 Salvador – Ilheus town
We depart at 8am on a short transfer to the local pier, in order to catch the ferry boat. 40min Boat transfer on the All Saints Bay knowing about its historical, ecological and economic importance to Bahia. The trip continues on the road, with a stop at Nazare das Farinhas town, visit local maragogipinho community and its mud art craft. Then, continue towards Camamu town, from where we start on an ecological road to Itacare and Ilheus, crossing the biome Atlantic Forest, known in the South of Bahia as the world’s largest area for biodiversity. Upon arrival in Ilheus, we stop for lunch in a local restaurant. After, we do a short city tour, and then, end up at the hotel. Relax.
DAY 4 Ilheus – Cocoa farm and Atlantic Forest
At 7am, breakfast and departure to a day out tour. Visit the Reserva of Atlantic forest, 40min drive. Arrival at a local village of Banco da Vitoria, the gateway to the reserve. The reserve is also part of a land that used to be home of sugar cane engines, during Brazil colony times. Lots about biodiversity and sustentability can be seen. 30min hiking in the Atlantic forest. We’ll pass through an organic cocoa farm. Then, visit an Ethanol factory. At the end, we stop to see the Broad-snouted caiman.
We proceed to have lunch in a historical cocoa farm.

After lunch, we will visit the CEPLAC, a local research institute for the sustentability. We visit the local organic chocolate factory; then, the local reserve for the endangered specie maned sloth.
End of tour. Back to the hotel around 5pm. Free time.
DAY 5 Ilheus – Itacare and Atlantic forest
After breakfast, we departure to Itacare. (1h trip). Visit the local city, and reach our spot to begin our trail, where we going to do the canopy walk and zip-wire in the middle of the forest, reaching the great view over the beach. Possibility to a waterfall visit. Return to local hotel by 4pm. Free time. , we departure to local airport. Departure to your next destination. Time depends on you your flight time.

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