The Magical Afro Brazil Experience

  • Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro with Christ Redeemer
  • Colorful painted buildings of Favela in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil
  • tourist couple in Rio de Janeiro
  • Salvador City in Bahia, Brazil


Arrival to the International Airport in Rio de Janeiro where we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

We will visit one of the traditional slums of Rio de Janeiro. This type of construction started by the end of the XIX century in Rio de Janeiro. Soldiers returned from a war in Bahia and, without money, started to build houses on one of the hills of the city. They were joined by immigrants and former slaves who were in the same position and also started building houses on the hills. Although the slum’s infrastructure has been highly improved with facilities of modern life, it is still quite below the general standards of the urbanized city. We reach the favela by open air jeep. Upon arrival, we visit the administration, then walk through the many narrow streets of the neighborhood to observe the routine of the community and understand the difference between it and the urbanized city.

Overnight at our hotel in Rio.

Breakfast at hotel.

Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
We depart from the hotel to visit the most famous landmark of the city and see the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from up above. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, we will arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. Embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located. The Christ statue, known as the “wonder of Rio,” was recently elected one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Upon arrival at the top, we can use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statue. There, we can enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is called the "Marvelous City." Afterwards, descend the mountain and stop for a delicious Brazilian Barbecue lunch. Over a million people each year visit the world famous “Pão de Açúcar” (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of Rio. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes us to the top of Urca Hill. It rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands. From here, we continue in a second cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain and downtown Rio.  We will have lunch at Estrela do Sul BBQ.

Overnight at our hotel in Rio. (B,L)

Breakfast at hotel.

Little Africa
Afro-Brazilian culture is a very important part of Brazilian culture. There are words, foods and religious traditions that originate from Africa and the slave trade during the country's founding. We will have the opportunity to learn a bit about this footprint on the Rio and the entire country. We'll visit neighborhoods that are known for celebrating this culture, learn about the ancestory, visit archeological sites and understand the heritage a little bit better.

Overnight at our hotel in Rio. (B)

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Salvador de Bahia (not included in land package). Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight at our hotel in Bahia. (B)

Breakfast at hotel.

Candomblé is the reverence of the natural forces that regulate the planet on which we live. Brought to Brazil by the enslaved, it remains mysterious to many, and misunderstood by others, but is key to understanding the permeating influence that underpins Salvador’s uniquely African identity. Its role in the struggle against the blight of slavery cannot be overstated. We visit a traditional candomblé terreiro, house of worship, established at the turn of the 20th century. It is  far from the then city center so as to avoid the overbearing repression of the traditional belief system. The subsequent expansion of the city meant that the temple’s grounds have been surrounded by the burgeoning metropolis, the background against which the terreiro maintains the traditional religious and social values of ancestral ways. The terreiro is also home to small museum which traces its history, as well as an artisanal weaving center reviving the age old tradition of ritual woven cloth. We are able to gain insight into the religious, historical and social aspects of Candomblé.

Overnight at our hotel in Bahia. (B)

Breakfast at hotel.

City tour
The lower city tour offers another perspective of the sprawling city, taking us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dug out canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide and schooners lie at anchor. They are all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply influenced by the Candomblé beliefs. We continue to the Monserrat district, with its panoramic view of the city, and then on to the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local goods and souvenirs. This is also where we can test our bargaining abilities.

Overnight at our hotel in Bahia. (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the Recife flight (not included in land package). Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at our hotel in Recife. (B)

Breakfast at hotel.

City tour
We have an appointment with the art and the culture of Pernambuco. Visit the colonial area of Recife, where we will explore the most important cultural points of the city. At the Ceramics Museum and Oficina Francisco Brennand, wander through several buildings and outdoor settings and admire the more than two thousand works of tiles, sculptures and pieces of ceramic art from the prominent Brazilian artist. Visit the House-Museum Gilberto Freyre and Magdalena (Gilberto Freyre Foundation), which keeps records of the life and remarkable achievements of the writer and sociologist. The author wrote works such as Casa Grande and Senzala (The Masters and the Slaves: A study in the development of Brazilian civilization) and Sobrados e Mucambos (New World in the Tropics: The Culture of Modern Brazil).

Overnight at our hotel in Recife. (B)

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to the airport for our flight back home. (B)

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner


Rio de Janeiro3Windsor PlazaStandard
Salvador de Bahia3Catussaba ResortStandard
Recife2Best Western ManibuStandard

Land Package Prices Per Person

Starting From: $1,510$2,121