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  • Duration

    11 Days

  • Destinations
    • Rio de Janeiro
    • Salvador, Bahia
  • Price

    $2,965 per person

This 11 day adventure is focused on enjoying the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro and reconnecting with the heartbeat of the African-American experience in Salvador, Bahia. This personalized and unique travel experience is lead by James Bridgeford II CEO of Tours Latin America and local resident of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Highlights

  • Experience the unique and exciting culture of Salvador City
  • Visit Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the Monserrat district and Mercado Modelo
  • Tour a traditional Candomblé house of worship
  • Learn the traditional religious and social values of African daily life.

Good to Know:

  • Salvador is the capital of Bahia, which is also the birthplace of Bahian music. Big names in Brazil’s music scene include Gilberto Gil, Maria Bethânia and Caetano Veloso.

  • More than 40% of all the slaves taken from Africa arrived into Salvador, Bahia during transatlantic slave trade.
  • Salvador is the capital of Afro-Brazilian culture and its historic center, Pelourinho, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • For weather in Rio and Salvador expect warm days and sunshine. In April it is going into autumn but the climate is one of the best at this time of year.

April 26: Thursday – Day 1
Travel from home to Brazil

Travel from your home destination to Rio de Janeiro. You will likely leave in afternoon from home and have overnight flight arriving into Rio early the next morning.

April 27: Friday – Day 2
Arrive into Rio

Arrive into Rio de Janeiro. Reception at airport and transfer to hotel. Upgrade for early check-in. Optional visit to Confeitaria Colombo located in the Fort of Copacabana Beach. Afternoon at leisure to explore and relax. Tonight you are our guest at Rio Scenarium for a spectral welcome dinner and celebration of our journey.

April 28: Saturday – Day 3
City tour of Rio

We will visit Rio’s most iconic locations, starting with Corcovado (Christ Redeemer statue) which is 7th New World Wonder. Then we will have a picturesque ride in a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. From each location you will witness some of the most breathtaking views of the entire city.

April 29: Sunday – Day 4
Hippie Fair & Leisure Time

Today is Sunday in Brazil. A great day to relax and hit the beach. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Hippie Fair of Ipanema beach to shop for souvenirs and local crafts.

April 30: Monday – Day 5
Fly to Salvador, Bahia

Morning flight to Salvador, Bahia. Transfer to hotel in historic city center of Pelourinho. Located in the most historic and culturally vibrant area of the city we will be in the heart of it all as we feel the pulse of Afro-Brazil. Tonight we will attend the most well crafted and animated Folkloric Shows in Bahia that shines light into the power and richness of the African-American experience.

May 1: Tuesday – Day 6
Historic City Tour & Black Church Experience

Tuesday is a day of celebration in Pelourinho. This morning we will have a walking tour of the ancestral city center. Encountering historic places of great significance to Brazilian and African-American history. James has several cultural gems he loves to show travelers in Pelourinho and Santo Antonio neighborhoods. We will complete the tour with lunch and then have some time to relax. This evening at 6pm we are going to church at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos. This historic church was built by slaves in the 17th century and was also their place of worship. Every Tuesday night there is the “Bênção do pão” (Blessing of the bread) which has taken place for centuries in this sacred site.

May 2: Wednesday – Day 7
Candomblé and African roots

Today you will visit a traditional Candomblé house of worship, established at the turn of the century, a long way from the then center of the city. The expansion of the city has meant that the temple’s grounds have been surrounded by the growing metropolis but the temple maintains the traditional religious and social values of African daily life. Our visit will focus on the religious and social traditions of the temple. We visit the primary school where the curriculum includes Yorubá language studies, the study of the spiritual and medicinal properties of sacred plants, as well as the normal academic studies. This evening we spend the night in the area of Barra, which is beachfront. If time permits we will stop in Rio Vermelho to visit the “Casa de Iemanjá”.

May 3: Thursday – Day 8
At leisure to explore and relax

Today you may take advantage of the beach or walk along Barra’s famous boardwalk and visit local shops as well as explore the museums and attractions of several historic forts along the coast. There are a plethora of optional activities to choose from today.

Picture by: Nicolas Vollmer

Picture by: James Bridgeford II

May 4: Friday – Day 9
Fly Salvador to Rio

Today we will fly back to Rio. Upon arrival in Rio you will be transfer to your hotel where you will be at your leisure for the evening.

May 5: Saturday – Day 10
Rio optional activities

Saturday is a great day to go to the beach. You may also choose from optional activities visiting the Botanical Gardens or the Chinese Lookout Point.

May 6: Sunday – Day 11
Depart Rio. Fly home

Today with a with smile on your face and fond memories in your heart you will return home. At the appropriate time you will be transfer from our hotel to the airport in order to fly home. You will likely have a late night departure from Rio and overnight flight arriving to your home the following day.

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