Visit two of the Northeast's most exciting cities with a vibrant cultural, entertainment scene and intriguing historic centers
Recife is a recognized center of culture and leisure services of northeast Brazil and the main theatrical, gastronomic, and medical hub of the region.
It comprises several tourist attractions. From the harmonious contrast between the old monuments of the Old Town and the modern buildings of the business center; the various scenic spots with rivers and bridges; a few gorgeous urban beaches; the artistic and popular expressions and the hospitality of its people make the city a real charm.
A few minutes away, Olinda is a charming place for its exciting Carnival that attracts thousands of visitors and its beautiful buildings. It was once the richest city of the Colony Brazil and today is considered one of the best preserved regions of such times which made Olinda won the title of being a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Its famous sloping streets comprise a historical site with beautiful churches, baroque buildings, mansions, studios, and museums in a scenario of colonial architecture, palm trees and sea.
1 - Recife, the former capital Mauritsstad of the best-preserved colony of New Holland of Dutch Brazil, known nowadays as the "Brazilian Venice". Panoramic view in Boa Viagem beach, one of the best urban beaches in Brazil (quick optional stop for fresh coconut water or other drink by the sea).
Then, we go to Old Town to a Marco Zero Square; the Good Jesus Street (famous in Carnival and where is located the first Jewish synagogue of the Americas); the Giant Puppets Embassy (a local Carnival's tradition) and Pernambuco's Embassy (museums - optional); Arsenal Square; Republic Square; and Casa da Cultura (old city prison, it is now a warren of small shops selling regional arts and crafts).
Then, we'll stop for lunch.
2- Olinda: Carmo Square, Franciscan Convent, Sé Cathedral, Panoramic Elevator (optional), Alto da Sé and its Craft Market, "Four Corners", Ribeira's Market, and Saint Benedict's Monastery.
NOTE: on Mondays and holidays some museums and cultural places may be closed for visitation
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 7 hours 30 min.
Private car with air-conditioned. For bigger groups transportation can be arranged in a customized new tour.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
150 Real - Museums, churches, and panoramic elevator 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)
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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Bruno did an excellent job of giving us an overview of Recife and Olinda. He was very well versed in his country's history and the economy. We loved the visit to the puppet museum! Excellent English.