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Northeast Region, Brazil

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Fortaleza to/from Jericoacoara Transfer

1. 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.

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Lençois Maranhenses: 2-Day Combo Package

2. 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.

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From Recife: Porto de Galinhas Beach Day-Trip

3. From Recife: Porto de Galinhas Beach Day-Trip

Start with pickup from your hotel in Recife and depart to the beach of Porto de Galinhas. With its attractive landscape of coconut trees and clear blue sea, the beach is one of the most popular destinations of the Pernambuco region. While here, swim in natural pools with the company of colorful fish, enjoy some sunbathing on the sand, savor delicious delicacies of the sea, and make friends with people from all over the world in the charming village. The village is full of bars, restaurants, and shops where there is no shortage of souvenirs and handicrafts. The location owes much of his fame to the immense pool of reefs near the shore. In the calm wind and depending on the low tide, you can reach the coral banks for a swim with the colorful fish.

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Recife Boat Tour with Transfers

4. Recife Boat Tour with Transfers

Depart from Boa Viagem, Pina or Piedade at 15:00 and cruise the waters of the Capibaribe River in Recife, known as the "Brazilian Venice" for its many waterways. Sail to the islands of Santo Antonio, Recife Antigo and Boa Vista, passing under 5 bridges: Bridge September 12 (Ponte 12 de Setembro), Maurício de Nassau Bridge, Bridge Manuel Buarque de Macedo, Elizabeth Bridge and the Duarte Coelho Bridge. Enjoy views of the city sights as you sail, including the Francisco Brennand Sculpture Park and Marco Zero Square, where a small marker indicates the spot where the Portuguese founded Recife in 1537. Admire the colonial facades of buildings such as the Paço Alfândega (Customs Palace) and Ginásio Pernambucano (Pernambuco Gymnasium). Continue past the Legislative Assembly, the Teatro Santa Isabel and the decadent houses of Rua da Aurora. Hear stories about Recife as you cruise, and end in Marco Zero Square, where you can take souvenir photos and shop for handicrafts in the old town.

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Lençóis Maranhenses: Transfer São Luis and Barreirinhas

5. 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.

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Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Island Transfer Service

6. Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Island Transfer Service

Make the most of your trip to Morro de São Paulo Island and avoid the stress of planning your travel to or from Salvador. With your pre-booked transfer service, enjoy pickup from your Salvador hotel or the airport, then sit back and relax as your driver does all the work. After pickup from Salvador before 1:15PM, enjoy a ride in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle to the maritime terminal. From here, board a shared boat that takes you over to Itaparica Island. Once there, relax during the 2-hour car drive to Valença city followed by a 15-minute shared speedboat ride to Morro de São Paulo Island. The return journey takes the same route back.

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Salvador: City Highlights Private Tour

7. 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).

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Lençois Maranhenses: 3-Day Combo Package

8. 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.

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From Barreirinhas: Lençóis Maranhenses Dunes Sunset Tour

9. From Barreirinhas: Lençóis Maranhenses Dunes Sunset Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour to one of the most impressive natural sights in Brazil, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. You will be amazed by sand dunes separated by brilliant, crystal clear rainwater natural lakes. Enjoy pick up from hotels in Barreirinhas around 2:00 PM in a 4x4 vehicle and make your way through trails of white sand, lakes, and small dunes to get to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. After arrival, walk one of three circuits, Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon), Lagoa Bonita (Beautiful Lagoon), or Lagoa da Esperança (Lagoon of Hope), depending on the time of year. Enjoy a stop for a swim and relax in one of the natural pools. At the end of the day, take in the beautiful sunset over the dunes. After your journey, you’ll return to Barreirinhas around 7:00 PM.

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From Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Paradise Island Daytrip

10. From Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Paradise Island Daytrip

Depart Salvador and journey by ferry to Itaparica Island. Then take a short drive to the city of Valencia, and continue by speedboat to what is affectionately known as "The Hill" by Bahian locals. On arrival at Morro de São Paulo, discover beaches of white sand, crystal-clear waters, coconut trees and dense Atlantic forest. Relax in the off-beat location, characterized by beaches with numbers instead of names. Experience the friendly village atmosphere, where cars are forbidden and the hospitable people hang out in the bars and restaurants. Take part in optional activities such as horseback rides and zipline adventures, or just wander among the many enchanting sights. Suitable for all ages and tastes, Morro de São Paulo is home to cheerful dancing and cocktails on the beach. Join the locals and drink caipirinhas, or dip your toes in the calm waters of the ocean. Alternatively, you can take the 2-hour catamaran direct from Salvador to Morro de São Paulo if you want more time on the island. There is also the option to spend the night at Morro de São Paulo should you wish to linger a little longer at the end of the day. Return to Salvador in the late afternoon if you don't want to take advantage of this option.

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What people are saying about Northeast Region, Brazil

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 325 reviews

It was excellent. I didn't know a single word in Portuguese and the guide was kind enough to translate me everything. Truly recommend it. Sorry I forgot his name (it was an Italian name).

Great tour, and above all our guide Vincent !! He explained a lot about history to us and has great background knowledge. Absolutely to be recommended! We had booked the 6 hour tour.

Excellent and reliable transfer. They picked me up at my hotel in Salvador. It was a great way, stress-free, to get to Morro de São Paulo. I definitely recommend them. Thank you

Great service! Picked me up at the airport on time and took me to my hotel in Salvador. Very polite and friendly driver. Thank you

Great guide. English excellent. Knowledge of subject great. Kept us interested the whole tour.