A Taste of Brazil

Day 1 | Rio de Janeiro
Bem-vindo! Upon arrival, we are met by our driver to escort us to our hotel, located close by  Copacabana Beach.  Take a tour of nearby Sugar Loaf Mountain and then head out for an evening of traditional samba music along with a wide variety of other Brazilian beats. (D)

Day 2 | Rio de Janeiro
Today, we start our day by walking along Copacabana Beach to Ipanema Beach where we have some time to visit the Ipanema Hippie Fair, a major attraction for tourists and locals alike. A wide variety of colorful handmade wares and souvenirs are available, such as paintings, leather goods, bijouterie, and esoteric articles. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Rio de Janeiro
Today, get ready for a musical percussion workshop focusing on Brazilian instruments and a trip into the origins of Brazilian music.  In the afternoon, we tour Corcovado Mountain, Santa Teresa & downtown “Old Rio.”  We travel by van to the base of the imposing Statue of Christ with arms outstretched over Rio on Corcovado Mountain, perhaps the most recognized icon of South America. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Rio de Janeiro / Salvador de Bahia
We take an early AM domestic flight to Salvador da Bahia and before we even notice we are cruising the streets of this cultural heartland and catch the folkloric musical event in the up-beat Pelourinho where also our hotel is located. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Salvador de Bahia
Today, we have a full day city tour which we start after breakfast. The city tour leaves the hotel bound for one of the main sights of the city, Pelourinho. Situated in the historical center Pelourinho is an important colonial place member of UNESCO’s historical heritage and symbol of the black movement in Bahia. The Pelourinho is home to important churches, museums, Brazilian artists’ studios, galleries, shops and restaurants. The focus is particularly on the Largo do Pelourinho, Santo Antonio Além do Carmo, Elevador Lacerda and Mercado Modelo. Pelourinho’s main tourist places: Jorge Amado’s House, Olodum’s House, São Francisco and Cathedral Church, Cravinho Bar. Stop to shop and visit the Pierre Verger gallery, Goya Lopes (Bahia textile designer who seeks inspiration in the theme African-Brazilian musicality in Bahia). After lunch the next stop is at Elevador Lacerda, building dated 1873 and in the present connects the “two cities”, the upper town to downtown and is an important way of transportation for tourists and residents. Getting to this point we can observe a panoramic view of the All Saints Bay and Mercado Modelo.  Next stop is at Mercado Modelo, the most important regional market place. In the same place you can be seen the Candomblé and Catholicism. The Last stop is at Ribeira’s district to taste the ice cream of Ribeira ice cream shop, traditional in the city since 1931 with its coconut ice cream even referenced by the New York Times. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | Salvador de Bahia
Today we visit Praia do Forte, a small fishing village north of Salvador along a wild and pristine coast called “The Coconut Highway.”  The village takes its name from a castle built in 1552 by the Portuguese settler, Garcia D’Avila. We return back to the city for our dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Salvador de Bahia – Home
Time to say Tchau to Brazil and our new friends and experiences. We will take our memories with us and head to the airport in time for out domestic flight to Sao Paulo or Rio International
Airport to connect to our international flights home. (B)

Starting price
10 – 15 students + 1 chaperone: $ 2 450 / student
16 – 20 students + 1 chaperone: $ 2 290 / student
21 – 25 students + 1 chaperone: $ 2 150 / student
(Price depends on the time travelling e.g. Christmas and New Years or Carnival period are peak season)

Price includes:
All the transfers mentioned in the program with van, accommodation in an economic hotel, all the meals as mentioned in the program (B, L, D), all the activities mentioned in the program with entrance fees, a Students Journey guide.

Price does not include:
Flights, beverages and meals not specified, phone calls and personal expenses, travel insurance, Visa (at this time US$ 180.00 / Pers.), all other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.

 


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