Salvador & Off The Beaten Track 14 Days
This vacation will take you off-the-beaten-track, from one of the most vibrant cities in Brazil to one of the most beautiful parts of Brazil, where you will discover hidden gem after hidden gem. Swim in natural pools, marvel at the immense waterfalls and hike along the nature trails blooming with wildflowers. If you like walking and discovering the past – then this is the tour for you! We will make sure you get enough rest between the sites, but a reasonable level of fitness is required. Don’t forget to pack a pair of good walking shoes, sun protection, and a positive outlook!
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN SALVADOR
Welcome to the vibrant capital of Bahia, where the colors of the streets and the rhythm of capoeira will stir feelings of joy in your heart. On arrival in Salvador, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Take a slow-walk to Pelourinho – the historic center – and try acarajé, enjoy Bahian music and soak up the local vibe, on the main square of the first capital of Brazil!
DAY 2 – SALVADOR
Today take a comprehensive tour of the city. Your guide will meet you at your hotel. You will visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum and the Church of São Francisco with its beautiful golden interior. After a journey back in time, head to the beach and visit Farol da Barra with Museu Náutico and the dam Dique de Tororo, the only natural water source in Salvador which is decorated with grand sculptures of African deities. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
DAY 3 – SALVADOR
Today discover the Bay of All Saint by traditional boat, giving you a different perspective on the city. Take a trip to the nearby islands, including Itaparica, from Mercado Modelo. In comparison to the bustling Upper City, the islands are much calmer, with a slow pace. Finish the day watching a splendid sunset over the sea. The trip can be done privately or in a small group.
DAY 4 – SALVADOR TO LENÇÓIS
After breakfast catch a short flight/longer bus ride to Lençóis in Chapada Diamantina. Welcome to a fascinating landscape of table mountains, waterfalls, vast plains, caves, and streams. This is a place to experience the great outdoors. After check-in, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Serrano swimming holes, a popular bathing spot for locals. The site is located just a short 15-minute walk from the center, overlooking the town.
DAY 5 – LENÇÓIS – CACHOEIRA DO MOSQUITO
After breakfast, head out to one of the least-visited waterfalls in the region. The trail has only opened recently – this is a true hidden gem. The beautiful trail starts after 50 min of driving on a country road, taking you through the gorge to the bottom of Cachoeira do Mosquito. After lunch, you will head out to the Pai Inácio table mountain, just in time for sunset. Enjoy a stunning 360° postcard-view from the top of the plateau.
DAY 6 – LENÇÓIS TO IGATU
After breakfast in Lençóis, check out and head towards Igatu. On the way visit the blue lakes Poço Encantado and Poço Azul. These are crystal clear underground lakes, where the sunlight creates a spectacular light display. You can snorkel in the warm waters of Poço Azul. After lunch, head out to Igatu, known as the ‘Machu Picchu of Brazil’. Visit the amazing open-sky art gallery.
DAY 7 – IGATU TO CACHOEIRA DO BURACÃO
Today start with an early breakfast and prepare for a full day of trekking, swimming and canyoning. After breakfast head to Cachoeira do Buracão. This is an impressive waterfall roaring at the end of the spectacular canyon. After a cooling, off in the water, head back to the top and walk back on the beautiful trail where the driver will be waiting for you to take you back to Igatu.
DAY 8 – LAKES AND CAVES
After breakfast enjoy a full day of spectacular sites: Rio Mucugezinho, Poço do Diabo, Gruta Azul, Gruta da Pratinha and Gruta Lapa Doce. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can slide from the top of the waterfall into the pool on a zip line or rappel down. You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant with a delicious buffet. Chopped cactus (Palma) or green bananas with pieces of meat (de Godó banana) are a must.
DAY 9 – CACHOEIRA DA FUMAÇA
After breakfast head out for a spectacular hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Brazil. From May to September, the amount of falling water is less abundant and the wind creates a smoky effect, hence the name “Fumaça”. After enjoying the scenery, take a short ride to the Riachinho Fall for a relaxing shower! This evening is at leisure. Reflect on the day past, over a drink with the other travelers who have also explored the trail.
DAY 10-11 – LENÇOIS TO THE COAST
After breakfast take a short flight/longer bus back to Salvador where your driver will meet you at the airport / bus station and will take you to the pousada on the beach. You can choose from inns located near Salvador or catch a short flight to the South of Bahia and discover the beaches of Itacaré or Trancoso. There are a variety of beaches in Bahia, from livelier ones to tranquil hidden gems. Extra day in Salvador to break the journey.
DAY 12-13 – BAHIAN BEACH
Spend the day at leisure. For something more active, choose from different excursions out to the ocean or try some water-sports. There are many conservation projects along the Bahian coast where you can learn about turtles, sea horses, whales, dolphins and other sea creatures. But most of the time doing nothing is just as nice, as the tropical nature is splendid enough.
DAY 14 – DEPARTURE
Spend the day at leisure. Depending on your flight schedule you can adjust the day accordingly. Many inns are located in relatively remote areas (with the advantage of total privacy) and usually the transfers are also possible via helicopter which offers an amazing opportunity to feast on the scenery. Travel by land can be time-consuming but it will give you an opportunity to see the real Bahia.
- Prices are based on 2 people sharing a DBL room during the high season, excluding national holidays
- Boutique Accommodation on B&B basis
- Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
- All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
- Local taxes
- International and domestic flights are not included.