Things to do in State of Pernambuco

Our most recommended things to do in State of Pernambuco

Fernando de Noronha: Catamaran Tour

1. Fernando de Noronha: Catamaran Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel, begin your tour at the Port of Santo Antonio, where you will depart for your tour of the secondary islands. Sail through crystal clear waters to reach deserted beaches and marvel at Morro do Pico, the highest point of the archipelago with a height of 321 meters. Follow the Dolphin Bay towards Ponta da Sapata and admire the views from Portal, a "window" with panoramic sea views. Make a stop at the most beautiful beach in Brazil, Sancho Bay, and snorkel in its crystal clear waters. Take a stroll along the sandy beaches and discover the area’s diverse fauna and flora. Then, enjoy an onboard buffet lunch overlooking Sancho Bay as you conclude your tour before enjoying a private transfer back to your hotel.

Colonial Igarassu & Island City of Itamaracá Full-Day Tour

2. Colonial Igarassu & Island City of Itamaracá Full-Day Tour

In this itinerary it is possible to know some tourist and historical points of the region. About 50 minutes away from Recife, the support point Catamaran Praia Beach Club, located in Praia do Capitão, has an incredible structure and delicious cuisine. Once there, it is possible to take a water tour (optional), a must see to discover the famous Coroa do Avião Island. Islet located in Igarassu, the oldest city in the state, it is possible to enjoy a delicious bath in the sea. On this water tour, we also have the opportunity to visit the island of Itamaracá, where we can observe Forte Orange and learn about its history, which began in 1631. It's impossible to talk about Itamaracá and not remember the ciranda, a popular dance from Pernambuco, often played at carnivals, in which you can even take the risk of learning a few steps. In addition to the catamaran tour, it is possible to venture on a guided quad bike trail (optional) to discover the viewpoints in the region and Vila de Nova Cruz. The North Coast has all this to offer you!

Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand

3. Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand

Depart Recife at approximately 11:00 and travel along the Boa Viagem-PIna coastal road to Olinda, passing Beberibe, the Capibaribe River and the zero kilometer mark of Marco Zero along the way. Upon arrival in Olinda, go to the square of Alto da Sé and visit 3 churches. Journey up to the viewpoint to take panoramic pictures of the historic city. Enjoy 45 minutes of free time to purchase souvenirs of local crafts, or relax with some food and drinks if you prefer. Next, descend the hill of the Igreja da Misericórdia (Church of Mercy), strolling the narrow streets lined with colorful houses. Arrive at the former slave market of the Mercado da Ribeira and see the giant dolls used in the Olinda Carnival. Continue to São Bento Church, and end at the Ricardo Brennand Museum, where you can learn about the colonization of Recife and Olinda by the Dutch army.

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.

Recife: Airport to Porto de Galinhas Transfer

5. Recife: Airport to Porto de Galinhas Transfer

Upon your arrival, a uniformed team will be waiting in front of your gate, and in less than 5 minutes you will be traveling on the way to your destination. You will travel via Express Way (a toll road), which is the fastest and safest route to Porto de Galinhas (45 minutes) without traffic. Your friendly driver/guide will also be more than happy to provide you with tips along the way. With new vehicles, up-to-date maintenance, and cars that are sanitized daily, you will be guaranteed comfort, punctuality and safety.

Recife: Airport to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer

6. Recife: Airport to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer

Meet your representative, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Relax as your professional driver assists you with your luggage before helping you into your private vehicle. Settle into your seat, look through the maps and guides provided inside the car, and enjoy a comfortable ride straight to your destination. Experience the best of Recife by taking this relaxing private service in a clean and modern vehicle with free Wi-Fi service. A knowledgeable local driver is eager to make your arrival in Recife pleasant, enjoyable, and safe.

Recife Airport: 1-Way and Round-Trip Shared Transfers

7. Recife Airport: 1-Way and Round-Trip Shared Transfers

Ensure that your arrival at the Recife Airport is worry-free with this pre-booked shared airport transfer. Indicate your destination when booking, and travel between Recife Airport and your hotel, choosing from 1-way and round-trip options. You’ll be met by the service provider’s Portuguese-speaking staff after you clear customs at the airport. Note that the transfer duration is from 1-2.5 hours, depending on your destination. Airport transfers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Every transfer is serviced by reliable, friendly staff. You must provide the following information when booking: • Airline name • Flight number • Departure city/Arrival city • Arrival time • Hotel name • Hotel address • Return hotel pick-up time

Porto de Galinhas and Recife Private Transfer

8. Porto de Galinhas and Recife Private Transfer

Complete your trip the way you deserve with a private transfer between hotels or the airport. Relax knowing your travel arrangements are all taken off. Arrive safely, refreshed and ready to travel back home or explore. Relax in vehicles which are all air-conditioned and have TV, DVD and Wi-Fi. The driver will be waiting for you at the reception of your hotel or at the arrival gate. Enjoy a welcome kit on arrival including maps, tips and suggestions will be ready for you.

From Recife: Full-Day Shopping & Cachaça Tour

9. From Recife: Full-Day Shopping & Cachaça Tour

At 09:00, depart from your hotel to the center of Recife. Your exciting shopping day will start with a stop at the Casa da Cultura located in front of Capibaribe River. An old prison, each cell today holds a handcraft shop from all over the state. Afterwards, you will go to RioMar Shopping in front of Jordão River, the newest and best shopping mall in the city where you will be able to find good deals. Your third stop will be in Cachaçaria, where you will be able to buy and taste one of the best in the cachaça. Finally, your tour will go to Marco Zero Square and you will have some free time to shop handcrafts from the Artesanato shop that holds some of the best artists of the state. When your tour finishes, you will be taken back to your hotel at around 16:00.

Fernando de Noronha: Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel

10. Fernando de Noronha: Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel

Avoid the hassle of navigating a foreign transportation system or the expense of a taxi and enjoy a reliable transfer to any hotel on the island. Kick off your vacation in style with this private transfer service. Upon arrival in Fernando de Noronha, your driver will be waiting in front of your gate to assist you with luggage. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle on the 25-minute journey to your hotel. Your friendly driver/guide will also be more than happy to provide you with tips and recommendations during the journey. With new vehicles, up-to-date maintenance, and cars that are sanitized daily, you will be guaranteed comfort, punctuality and safety.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Outstanding tour. We had the good fortune to be accompanied by Caio for our second tour in Recife. Once again he was professional, punctual, and very knowledgeable about the area. We enjoyed the historical sights and flavors of Olinda (thank you for the wonderful fresh coconut) after which we were able to enjoy a private time for Lunch before traveling to the magical Ricardo Brennand Institute. just to make sure we would never forget him and our trip to Olinda, Caio gifted us a delightful parting gift of Olinda. Thank you again for the great day and for the memories.

Everything was right on the excursion and didn't want to leave the ship. The food was also delicious and the drink prices on board ok for Noronha standards.

Unforgettable!

Private visit with the adorable guide, very accommodating on the schedule of activities. Olinda and the museum are a must see!

It is a good way to have an overview of Recife from the water. There are parts in which the water is a bit edited.

My experience was great. Alex our driver was very polite and friendly.