First you go shopping, then you go for a Catamaran ride through the Downtown Recife, navigating the Capibaribe river.
If you don't have much time in town and want to do something different, this tour may fit you.
First we'll spend 1 hour at the Casa da Cultura (House of Culture), an old prison that was adapted to become a shopping mall of artcraft and all sort of local products. The place was known as Casa de Detenção (Detention House, inaugurated in 1855), until it was closed in 1973 and reopened in 1976 as Casa da Cultura. The adaptation was designed by the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. In 1980 the building was listed by FUNDARPE (the Foundation of Heritage and Art of Pernambuco). Each cell now is a shop, gathering over 200 artesans, artists and retailers, in 150 shops.
After, we'll go for a catamaran ride on the Capibaribe River. This floating tour passes under 5 bridges of downtown Recife, showing its many monuments from a different angle: Marco Zero Square, Francisco Brennand's Sculpture Park, the Republica Square and its famous buildings, the Aurora Street, among other landmarks of the Brazilian Venice.
1. Casa da Cultura (House of Culture)
2. Catamaran Tours Pier. The tour goes around the Pina Basin, Port of Recife canal, Francisco Brennand's Sculpture Park, Marco Zero Square, enters the Capibaribe River and goes under the following bridges: 12 de Setembro, Maurício de Nassau, Buarque de Macêdo, Princesa Isabel and Duarte Coelho. The tour passes close to the following monuments: Paço Alfândega Mall, Church of Madre de Deus , Santeclair Building, Republica Square and its famous buildings, Ginásio Pernambucano, Pernambuco's Legislative Assembly, Aurora Street, among others.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 4 hours
Depending on the day of the week and the schedule of the Catamaran Tours operator, the time and start hour must be adjusted.
Private car with AC. For bigger groups (more than 3) is possibble to adjust the vehicle and transportation - price may change.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Real - Just in case you want to have a snack or a coconut water.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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We booked Sergio for 3 consecutive days in January 2019. He was meticulous in planning, responsive and quickly understood our interests. He created 3 bespoke, varied and well-paced days. On tour he was punctual, informative, courteous, unassuming, considerate and engaging in discussion. For us, he was the perfect guide.