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Boa Vista to Rio De Janeiro

A taste of Brazil and an exciting overland journey through French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana.

This trip encompasses some of the richest wildlife and unique landscape in South America. Visit the beaches and fascinating towns of the region as well as many of the fascinating sites of ‘The Guianas’ including the Space Station, river trips and jungle walks.

For the adventurous, looking for an unforgettable tour of South America, this is an ideal choice.

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  • Duration: 57 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Canoeing
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: LRV2/201189
  • Starts: Boa Vista, Germany
  • Finishes: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You will Visit
  • Boa Vista
  • Rupununi
  • Iwokrama Forest
  • Georgetown
  • Paramaribo
  • Upper Suriname Area
  • Albina
  • Saint Laurent du Maroni
  • Kourou
  • Cayenne
  • Belem
  • Sao Luis
  • Barreirinhas
  • Lencois Maranhenses National Park
  • Parnaiba
  • Jericoacoara
  • Canoa Quebrada
  • Olinda
  • Aracaju
  • Salvador Da Bahia
  • Pirambu
  • Itacare
  • Lencois
  • Chapada Da Diamantina National Park
  • Alto Paraiso
  • Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park
  • Brasília
  • Tres Marias
  • Ouro Preto
  • Rio De Janeiro
  • Petropolis

Itinerary

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Day 1: Boa Vista

Welcome to Boa Vista!, today there is an important meeting at 18:00, please meet in the Hotel Reception.  The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Boa Vista.

Border Information - If joining the trip in Boa Vista, you will fly into Boa Vista-Atlas Brasil Cantanhede International Airport (BVB)

In Boa Vista we stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 2: Rupununi

Today we will start out early and head into Guyana, to the open Savannah region, where we will stay in a well equipped camp site and have an opportunity to take part in some optional activities.

Approximate drive time - 245km / 5hrs

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Day 3: Rupununi

Today we have a further day to enjoy the savannah region, taking part in a guided walk in the area and then some free time to relax or explore.

Tonight we will camp in a camp site with facilities.

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Day 4: Iwokrama Forest

We will drive into the heart of the Iwokrama Forest, a protected area of pristine rainforest.  Keep your eyes peeled for any wildlife you may see from the road side such as red howler monkeys and toucans.

Tonight we will camp with facilities.

Approximate drive time - 80km / 2hrs

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Day 5: Iwokrama Forest

We will spend the next few days enjoying the peace and tranquility of the rainforest, where we have time to explore and search out the amazing wildlife that lives in this area.

We will move our camp to the grounds of a Lodge set beside the Essequibo river, where we can camp or stay in a basic bunk house.

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Day 6: Georgetown

Today is a big drive along the wonderfully undeveloped main road from the forest to Georgetown! The journey is primarily on a bumpy dirt road, which we will share with commuter minibuses and trucks, all winding their way through the rainforest. From the town of Linden, the tarmac starts and it's smooth driving for the final 120km to Georgetown! Be sure to keep a look out for wildlife, Jaguars have been known to cross the road right in front of the buses!

Driving Distance - 400km / 12hours

In Georgetown we will stay in a centrally located, locally run hostel, with shared bathrooms in a combination of twin and dorm rooms.

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Day 7: Georgetown

Take a morning tour of the city, explore the old canals and great sea wall, visit incredible wooden cathedrals, the huge market and try to spot manatees swimming in the lake of the national park. Georgetown is a busy place and feels happily free from mass tourism.  Be sure to take your camera!

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Day 8: Georgetown

Today we have a free day in the city.

Perhaps one of the greatest highlights of Guyana is the spectacularly remote and impressive Kaieteur Falls, one of the tallest single drop waterfalls in the world, and reachable only by light aircraft.  Take a half day flight to the falls and then enjoy a walking tour to the Falls and search for the tiny golden rocket frogs, hiding in the tank bromeliads leaves, as well as an impressive variety of butterflies, you may also be lucky enough to spot the bright orange Guyana Cock of the Rocks. 

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Day 9: Paramaribo

Today we have a big drive from Georgetown, across the border by ferryboat to the bustling, historic city of Paramaribo.

Border Information - Exit Guyana, Enter Suriname

In Paramaribo we stay in a locally run hostel in dorms and twin rooms with shared bathrooms.

 

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Day 10: Paramaribo

Today we have a full day to explore Paramaribo's historic inner city and the Commewijne area.  You can explore the historic centre on foot, visit Fort Zeelandia and the Suriname museum, and enjoy the fantastic architecture of Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, one of the largest wooden buildings in the western hemisphere, or hire a bike and take a boat across the river to cycle the peaceful Commewijne Plantation Loop and visit the star shaped fort at Neiu Amsterdam.  There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

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Day 11: Upper Suriname Area

This morning we leave the truck behind and set off for an unforgettable adventure into the interior of Suriname. We will travel by minibus for approximately 190km to the port at Atjoni, we then hop on a boat for a 1hr trip along the Suriname river, deep into the rainforest where we will stay for two nights on our own private island!

Be sure to pack light for this excursion, as we can only take a small bag each with us.

We will stay in comfortable cabins and enjoy our own pool.  All meals are provided during our visit, though you will need a small amount of money for drinks and tips for our local guide.

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Day 12: Upper Suriname Area

During our stay we can visit local villages, walk around the island in the hope of meeting some of its furry inhabitants and learn about the medicinal plants, try to spot Caiman on a night time canoe trip, take a dip in the river at the Ferullasi rapids - a natural jacuzzi, relax on the island by the pool, spot the kingfishers on the banks of the river and enjoy the tranquillity of the Amazon Rainforest.

All meals are provided.

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Day 13: Paramaribo

This morning is free for you to enjoy how you wish, walk, swim or relax and after lunch we will transfer back to Paramaribo.

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Day 14: Paramaribo

Paramaribo and its surroundings definitely deserve at least one more day for exploration.  Today is yours to spend as you wish; take a boat trip to Jordensavanne, take part in a Moengo Cultural experience, go walking in the Peperpot Nature reserve or Brownsberg Nature Park, learn the art of Surinamese cookery, or take part in one of the many day tours available.

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Day 15: Albina

Today we leave the bright lights of Paramaribo behind and head to the border town of Albina.

At certain times of the year, it may be possible to arrange a local boat to take us to the turtle nesting site of Galibi further north of Albina.  Please note that if this is not available due to local circumstances or the timing, we may choose to head directly to Saint Laurent du Maroni .

Drive time - approx 3 hours

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Day 16: Saint Laurent du Maroni

Today we travel by ferry across the Maroni River to Saint Lauren du Maroni in French Guiana.

Border Information: Exit Suriname at Albina, Enter French Guiana at Saint Laurent du Maroni

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Day 17: Saint Laurent du Maroni

Today we have a free day to explore the border town of Saint Laurent du Maroni, located on the Maroni River, with its interesting and dark history as an arrival point for prisoners during the 19th Century.

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Day 18: Kourou

Today we will head out to the town of Kourou; the site of the European Space station and the starting point for boat trips around the former penal colony on Devil’s Island, one of the infamous Iles du Salut, off the coast of French Guiana. The ordeal of Frenchman Henri Charriere, who spent 12 years here, would later inspire the book Papillon

Approximate driving time - 190km / 3hrs

We will camp tonight

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Day 19: Cayenne

Today we will visit the European Space Centre near Kourou, en route to the capital city of Cayenne.

Approximate drive time - 1hrs/100km 

We will stay in a local guesthouse

 

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Day 20: Cayenne

Today we have a half day city tour, followed by a free afternoon to enjoy the city, perhaps take a boat trip to the former penal colony on Devil’s Island, one of the infamous Iles du Salut, off the coast of French Guiana. The ordeal of Frenchman Henri Charriere, who spent 12 years here, would later inspire the book Papillon.

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Day 21: Cayenne

Today is the final day of the trip and there is no accommodation provided this evening.

Border Information - If leaving the trip at Cayenne, you will fly from Cayenne Félix Eboué International Airport (CAY)

 

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Day 22: Belem

Welcome to Belem! Today there is an important group meeting at 18:00hrs please meet at the Hotel reception.  The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Belem.

Border information: If you are starting your trip in Belem, enter Brazil at Val De Cans Air port (IATA code BEL)

In Belem we stay in a comfortable Hotel

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Day 23: Belem

Today is yours to enjoy the port town of Belem, one of the first Portuguese settlements. Explore the historic centre which houses various museums and cathedrals and be sure to visit the Ver-o-Paso Market, considered the largest in South America, with its stalls scattered with Amazonian fish, baskets of Acai, herbs and crafts.

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Day 24: Sao Luis

Our first drive brings us to the UNESCO world heritage site of Sao Luis, the only city of Brazil to be founded by the French. Depending upon the ferry we may choose instead to spend the night in neighbouring Alcântara.

In Sao Luis we stay in a local hotel.

Approximate Driving time: 574km / 10hrs (including a ferry journey)

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Day 25: Sao Luis

Sao Luis is full is interesting museums, the historic centre houses beautiful, pastel coloured colonial mansions.  You can take a boat trip to the more laid back town of Alcântara, you may spot the Scarlet ibis, or guarás on your way.

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Day 26: Barreirinhas

Today is the first day of our Lencois Maranhenses National Park trip; we will drive to the town of Barreirinhas and in the afternoon head out by 4WD to the lagoons, enjoy a swim and explore the dunes before returning to our hotel.

In Barreirinhas we will stay in a local hotel

Approximate Driving Time - 250km / 4 hrs

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Day 27: Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Today we will leave the truck behind and head out in motor boats through the Preguica River, to the protected area of Pequenos Lencois, along the way, we will visit a small fishing village, take a short walk to the lighthouse to enjoy views of the dunes and the Preguicas River.

In Atins we will spend the night in a small Pousada on a sand bank. 

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Day 28: Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Today we will take a speed boat to Tatoia, stopping off at some dunes and islands of the famous Parnaiba Delta. Seen from the sky, the meeting point of the Rio Parnaiba and the Atlantic Ocean looks like a giant puzzle, made up of 85 tiny islands. 

In the afternoon we will travel by 4WD to the town of Parnaiba, where we will stay in a local hotel and rejoin our Driver and Truck. 

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Day 29: Jericoacoara

Today we drive to the laid back beach town of Jericoacoara, or 'Jeri' as it's affectionately known. Access to Jericoacoara is only by 4WD through unpaved tracks through the dunes, making it a wonderfully hard to reach place.  

We will stay in a local Pousada

Approximate Drive Time - 250km / 3hrs

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Day 30: Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara is a magical place to spend some time; wander the sandy lanes, enjoy the sunset with a caipirinha on the dunes whilst the locals practise their Capoeira, head out on a quad bike adventure to remote lagoons where you can take a dip, laze in a hammock and enjoy a seafood lunch. Jeri is also one of the prime spots for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing! 

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Day 31: Canoa Quebrada

Drive day to the pretty seaside town of Canoa Quebrada.

In Canoa Quebrada we will stay in a local Pousada

Approximate Drive Time – 450km / 8hrs

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Day 32: Canoa Quebrada

Huge pinkish sand dunes dominate the area of Canoa Quebrada, it's a fantastic spot to kick back and relax or for the more energetic, take an evening horseback ride along the beach or head out on a beach buggy. There's a laid back small town to explore too with lots of great cafes and bars.

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Day 33: Olinda

We have a full day drive to the stunning colonial gem of Olinda, considered one of Brazil’s most important historic sites. 

Approximate Driving Time – 629km / 10hrs

In Olinda we will stay in a local Pousada

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Day 34: Olinda

Explore the beautiful town of Olinda, once known as 'small Lisbon' and the richest town in Brazil.  Enjoy wandering the cobblestone streets, check out some of the exquisite churches and definitely make time for lunch at Alto de Se, to enjoy the views!

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Day 35: Aracaju

Today we head south along the coast, into the state of Bahia and to the town of Aracaju, where we can chill out in one of the town's seafront eateries, listen to some traditional forró music and enjoy the fresh crabs that the town is known for. 

Approximate Driving time – 510km / 8hrs

We will spend the night in a local Pousada

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Day 36: Salvador Da Bahia

This morning we will continue our journey south to Salvador, along the way we will make a stop at the Projeto Tamar - a research station involved in the protection of Brazil's five species of turtle, spanning 1000km in 9 of Brazil's states. The best time to visit is September to March when the spawning occurs.

Approximate Driving time – 325km / 8hrs

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Day 37: Salvador Da Bahia

Today we have some free time to explore the energetic and vibrant city of Salvador, known around the world for its Carnival festivities. Salvador is home to over 300 churches, the historic centre is recognised by UNESCO and full of interesting architecture, brightly coloured buildings and cobblestone streets. It's an excellent place to witness the African culture in music and dance and enjoy some delicious street food.

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Day 38: Salvador Da Bahia

Today is the final day for passengers finishing their trip in Salvador.  Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight – please contact your Sales Agent if you are interested in booking an extra night of accommodation or if you would like to join the journey south to Rio de Janeiro.

Border Information: if you are finishing your trip in Salvador, you will most likely exit Brazil at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA code: SSA)

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Day 39: Salvador Da Bahia

Welcome to Salvador! Today there is an important group meeting at 18:00hrs please meet at the Hotel reception.  The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Salvador.

Border information: If you are joining your trip in Salvador, enter Brazil at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA: SSA)

We stay just by the old centre of Pelourinho in a lovely hotel.

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Day 40: Salvador Da Bahia

Explore the energetic and vibrant city of Salvador, known around the world for its Carnival festivities. Salvador is home to over 300 churches, the historic centre is recognised by UNESCO and full of interesting architecture, brightly coloured buildings and cobblestone streets. It's an excellent place to witness the African culture in music and dance and enjoy some delicious street food.

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Day 41: Itacare

We head south the beautiful beach town of Itacare, with its stunning Atlantic rainforest, laid back eco-friendly cafes and bars, and the opportunity to surf, relax and explore. This is our last view of the ocean before we head inland for the National Parks!

Approximate Driving Time - 7hours / 250km

Tonight we will camp in a Campsite with facilities

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Day 42: Itacare

Today we have a free day to explore the area, enjoy the beach, take part in some of the many adventure activities available here, or visit the stunning Peninsula de Marau, stopping off at Praia Taipus de Fora and Lagoa Azul.

We will camp this evening at a campsite with facilities.

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Day 43: Lencois

Today we head to the fantastic town of Lencois, the gateway to Chapada da Diamantina National Park. We camp in Lencois giving you the opportunity to enjoy a variety of treks into the stunning scenery of the national park.

Approximate Driving Time - 9hrs / 515km

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Day 44-45: Chapada Da Diamantina National Park

We have two full days to enjoy the Chapada Diamantina National Park; this is a real adventurer’s paradise.  It's possible to go hiking, stopping along the way for a dip in the river by waterfalls and rapids, go horse riding, kayaking or maybe mountain biking. There are even cave systems to explore. The Chapada is full of towering rock formations and vast plains, making it perfect for landscape photography.

We will spend the night in a camp site with facilities.

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Day 46-47: Alto Paraiso

Over the next two days we will travel overland across the central Brazilian countryside, towards the town of Alto Paraiso and the stunning Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, bush camping en route. 

On Day 8 we will aim to travel approximately 500km / 9hrs and find a nice bush camp along the way.

On Day 9 we will aim to travel 400km / 8hrs, we stay in an eco-tourism campsite in the laid back town of Alto Paraiso.

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Day 48-49: Alto Paraiso

We have two full days to explore the National Park. The Chapada dos Veadeiros is one of Brazil's hidden gems, one of the oldest and most beautiful tropical ecosystems in South America and home to incredible waterfalls, rock formations, caves and grottoes.  

This morning we will have an included visit to the Vale da Lua or the Valley of the Moon, so called due to the rock formations giving it an appearance similar to the moon.

This area is perfect for hiking, horse and bike riding and of course swimming in natural pools and soaking up the parks atmosphere. It is said that due to the high amount of quartz in the ground, that this Chapada is glows from space!

We will camp in a well equipped camp site.

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Day 50: Brasília

Today we arrive in the futuristic capital of Brasilia. We will enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city, which was designed and built to be the Brazilian Government's headquarters in 1960.  The city is designed to resemble a plane, and is a UNESCO heritage site, housing some incredible, futuristic style Cathedrals and Monuments.

Approximate driving time – 150km / 3hrs

In Brasilia we will camp at a campsite with facilities

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Day 51: Tres Marias

We have a full day drive through the Brazilian countryside. We will find a nice spot and camp for the night near Tres Marias.

Approximate driving Time - 550km / 10hours

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Day 52: Ouro Preto

Today is a full day drive to the beautiful old colonial mining town of Ouro Preto where we will stay at a local Guesthouse. Ouro Preto is considered Brazil’s most important historic site.

Approximate Driving Time - 400km / 8hrs

In Ouro Preto we will stay in a local hostel

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Day 53: Ouro Preto

Today we will have a half day guided tour of Ouro Preto, well known for its colonial architecture and the first Brazilian town to be considered a UNESCO world heritage site.  In the afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the town, visit the museum or some of the stunning baroque churches.  There are some fantastic cafes and restaurants in Ouro Preto. Don't forget your camera today, Ouro Preto one of the most picturesque towns on our itinerary!

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Day 54: Rio De Janeiro

Today we drive to the vibrant city of Rio de Janiero, a highlight of any trip to Brazil!

Along the way we will stop at Petropolis, the cool hill-side hideaway for local Cariocas escaping the heat of Rio. We will have 2 hours to explore the Museu Imperial, the former Imperial Museum, wander the town or visit the Palacio de Cristal, the site where the last slaves of Petropolis were released.

Drive Day: 450km, Drive Time: 7hrs (approx)

In Rio we stay in a comfortable hotel

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Day 55: Rio De Janeiro

Today is the end day for our passengers finishing their trip in Rio de Janeiro.  Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your Sales Agent if you wish to book extra accommodation to fully enjoy Rio.

Border information: If you are leaving in Rio, exit Brazil at Rio Galeão International Airport International (IATA code: GIG) Airport.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • We will spend two days in the Rupununi Savannah area of Guyana; staying at a local village eco-camp, with all meals included; here we can have a village tour, take a wildlife walk, experience the forest after dark.  We have the option of climbing a nearby mountain or taking a canoe trip
    • We will stay in the heart of the Iwokrama Forest at a jungle lodge where we have time to explore the rainforest and observe the wildlife and birdlife
    • Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a unique experience in the region and envelopes you in the jungle’s mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks from heights of up to 30 metres (98 ft.)
    • Enjoy a City Tour of historic Georgetown
    • Take a sunset boat trip in search of Dolphins, tour includes snacks and drinks
    • Spend 2 nights / 3 days on an all inclusive island retreat in the Suriname River, surrounded by dense rainforest, birdlife and opportunities to visit local communities
    • Take a boat trip to the Iles du Salut, the Devils islands; explore the old church, school and hospital of Ilhe Royale, photograph the native wildlife and even take a dip in the convicts swimming pool!
    • Visit the international Spaceport in Kourou
    • Visit the international Spaceport in Kourou
    • Take an overnight 4WD tour of the stunning Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
    • Visit the stunning Lençóis Maranheses National Park
    • Visit the Tamar Turtle Conservation Project
    • Watch a candomblé ceremony in Salvador
    • Visit the Tamar Turtle Conservation Project
    • Head into the beautiful Chapada Diamantina National Park
    • Full day guided tour of Brasilia
    • Time to explore unique colonial Ouro Preto and its architectural heritage
    Accomodation
    • Camping - Hotels
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