Culture and Shopping
If you have a day in town I suggest this 8-hours tour.
We start with a quick stop in Boa Viagem Beach, for a fresh coconut water by the sea.
Then we'll visit the Old Town Recife, where the city begun, and visit the Marco Zero square, the Good Jesus Street, the Giant Dolls Embassy (a local Carnaval's tradition) among many other options, depending on your interests.
The tour continues in Recife Downtown, around the many bridges and squares and makes a stop at Casa da Cultura (an old prison turned into a mall in 1976) for shopping.
After lunch (many restaurants to choose) we'll visit Olinda's historical center (World Heritage by UNESCO in 1982). Founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Olinda's history is linked to the sugar-cane industry. Rebuilt after the Dutch invasion (1636 to 1654), its urban design is from the 18th century. The harmony between the buildings, gardens, churches and convents contribute to it's unique charm. We'll take a walk to discover the secrets and beauties of Olinda.
In Recife: Boa Viagem Beach, Recife Antigo (Old Recife), Landmark Zero Square, Good Jesus Street, Republica Square and Casa da Cultura. Stop for lunch around noon.
In Olinda: Carmo, Franciscan Convent, Sé Cathedral, panoramic elevator, art shops of Alto da Sé and Saint Benedict's Monastery.
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.
End location: At the place of picking up or anywhere closeby (restaurants, shoppings, beach)
Duration: 8 hours
Private car with AC. For bigger groups (more than 3) is possibble to adjust the vehicle and transportation - price may change.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
120 Real - Museums and churches tickets are not included, but usually the access is not expensive or non existant. Also consider to spend from R$ 60 to R$ 100 for each meal/lunch (it will depend on what you want to eat and what restaurant you will choose)
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Sergio is a wonderful guide. His English is perfect, and he was very responsive to emails. Sergio was very flexible and catered the tour to our interests, including a delicious local meal in Olinda. He represents Brazil nicely and you can tell he loves sharing his country. All 4 of us in our group highly recommend him.