Take a walk arould the World Heritage Site, its coloured houses and ancient churches
Olinda is a colonial city right next to the modern city of Recife. Founded in 1535 by the Portuguese, it was built along a few hills. The place is distinguished by its 18th-century architecture, baroque churches, convents, monasteries and cobblestone streets with coloured houses. Originally Olinda was a center of the sugarcane industry, now is known as an artists' colony, with many galleries, workshops and museums. And this is the place where we'll walk around and get to know.
We will take a car and go directly to Olinda's World Heritage Site. Starting at Carmo Square we can visit many historical places, like the Church of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel of Olinda, the Franciscan Convent, the Sé Cathedral, also take the panoramic elevator for a better and higher view of Olinda and Recife and then take a look at the many art shops of Alto da Sé. After shopping, we will down on Mercy's Slope, pass through the Four Corners of Olinda and visit the Ribeira Market on our way to Saint Benedict's Monastery.
But actually the itinerary can be changed at all times, depending on what you prefer to do and where you prefer to go.
NOTE: on Mondays some museums and cultural places may not be open for visitation.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I may go meet you at your hotel or at the Airport or Port, in case of cruise ship passengers, as long it is located in Recife, Olinda or Jaboatão.
I can arrange to pick you up in Porto de Galinhas or other locations, with an additional cost and time.
End location: At the place of picking up or anywhere closeby (restaurants, shoppings, beach)
Duration: 4 hours
Taxi, Uber or private car with AC, from picking up point until Olinda, and back. For bigger groups (more than 3) is possibble to adjust the vehicle and transportation - price may change.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Real - Museums and churches tickets are not included, but usually the access is not expensive or non existant.
Maybe you will also want to try the famous Tapioca or buy some souvenirs...
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Very good tour guide with good English and a pleasant manner. As well as the local sights of Olinda we sampled some of the local cuisine - tapioca tacos! and coconut juice. It was a very hot day so Sergio had the driver take us up and down the hills of Olinda, rather than having to walk. As the Benedictine church was closed, we had a short, unplanned tour of the old center of Recife too.