Extra Mile

Brazil

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro our host will meet you at the airport for transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro - Full Day - Corcovado and Sugar Loaf

Rio is known for being a vibrant city as well as for its friendly warm and welcoming residents. Its colorful street fruit and vegetable markets display a lot of these qualities. Paying the market a visit is a great way to be introduced to a huge variety of exotic tropical fruits sounds tastes and colors. After our market visit we will head to one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rio - the Sugar Loaf. This name is due to the mountain's shape resembling the conic moulds that were used in the sixteenth century to produce sugar. Located at the entrance of Guanabara Bay this massive granite rock measuring 396 meters is one of the city's most famous landmarks.

Later take some time to walk along narrow nineteenth century streets splendid Baroque churches and the ruins of the old port from where much of the Brazilian gold started its long journey to Europe.

Not far from the city centre, there is a distinctive place that some call Rio's Montmartre! You cannot miss a visit to Santa Teresa, a unique part of Rio located on the hills with old houses and narrow streets. Here you can feel the atmosphere of art, music and history.

You will also have the opportunity to visit one of Rio's most impressive tourist attractions: the Ruins Park and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, with its open arms blessing the whole city of Rio de Janeiro.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro - Community Visit

This is a unique program for those who wish to get to know the "favelas" (shanty towns) in Rio de Janeiro.This walking tour will take us to the community where the first Pacification Police Unit of Rio de Janeiro was installed.

The two-hour walking tour through the favela is conducted by a trained tour guide who lives in the community. The setting of many video clips and international movies Santa Marta offers plenty of attractions. Visitors will ride the tram to the top of Santa Marta see the Michael Jackson statue visit several social projects and experience the daily routine of the six thousand residents.

Santa Marta's stunning location offers visitors a privileged view of the city. After our walk through the maze of narrow alleyways that cling to the steep hillside we are rewarded by sweeping views of the Sugarloaf Christ the Redeemer Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the surrounding neighborhoods. Favela Santa Marta is quickly becoming a must-see tourist destination in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 4 : Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu

Our host will meet you at the Hotel lobby and transfer you to the Airport in time for your flight to Iguassu.

Upon travel our host will meet you at the hotel lobby from where we will start our walking tour along the falls. The tour will start on the lower part on a stroll on the trail that descends down the canyon to offer panoramic views of more than 240 falls. Ride the glass elevator up the cliff face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. The Iguassu National Park along with its "sister" park in Argentina form the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America which along with the waterfalls have been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tour ends with a visit to the craft fair.

Day 5 : Iguassu - Salvador

Our host will meet you at the Hotel lobby and transfer you to the Airport in time for your flight to Salvador.

Day 6: Salvador Historical Tour

Salvador is one of the most striking destinations in the world. The city is famous for the beauty of its architectural ensemble the local culture (music cuisine and religion) and the wonderful coastline dotted with refreshing water beaches

In this morning we will discover all the magic of Salvador's Historic City. We will ride until de mouth of the huge All Saints Bay and then follow via elegant tree-lined avenues, to Pelourinho, the historical and cultural heart of Salvador. We will stop at the Municipal Square, by the towering Lacerda Elevator, that connects the Upper City and the Downtown.

It is impossible visit Salvador without a stroll in Pelourinho, or "Pelô, as it is called by the city's residents, a neighborhood preserved as part of UNESCO cultural heritage. We will also visit the São Francisco Church, built in the 17th century.

This afternoon we will visit a traditional Capoeira School to meet Capoeira group leaders to learn the sport history and philosophy. We also can try the instruments and the fight basic movements.

Day 7: Salvador - Praia do Forte

Our host will meet you at the Hotel lobby and transfer you to Praia do Forte. Day at leisure.

Day 8: Praia do Forte

Just one hour north of Salvador Baha, Praia do Forte is located in a preservation area with 12 km of semideserted beaches surrounded by lush coconut trees. Located near nature reserves of the Atlantic Rain Forest, this area features beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs, coral reefs, and humpback whale-watching areas. Since the 80s, Praia do Forte has been home to the principal base of the Tamar Project, fundamental in the preservation of the region. The area also maintains ruins of the only medieval-style building of the country, the Garcia D'Ávila Castle. In the small town center hip bars and restaurants, charming inns, craft shops and jewelry stores take over the street and alleys.

Day 9: Departure

Our host will meet you at Praia do Forte for your trip back to Salvador in time for the check in of your flight back home.

** Please contact our team to tailor this itinerary to your personal specifications.