Most travellers to Brazil either visit the Amazon and Rio or the wonderful regions of Iguassu and the south coast. However, they miss the absolute jewel that is the north coast and its hinterland. An area of raw national parks and wildlife, exquisite UNESCO towns, stunning beaches and landscapes like no other. Explore the remarkable huge sand dunes of the Canoa Quebrada by horse to understand what we mean or the beautiful Parnaiba Delta.
Crossing the vast width of the Amazon, from the City of Belem the next section of the journey takes us into The Guianas, the three jewels of South America, French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. Here savannah lands and dense tropical forests are home to some of the continent’s finest flora and fauna, while the coastal Caribbean plains house some of the most interesting cities and cultures.
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.
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, such as horse riding, hiking and canoeing.
Approximate drive time - 245km / 5hrs
We will have a short drive into the heart of the Iwokrama Forest, a protected area of pristine rainforest. Along the way we will visit a local village. Keep your eyes peeled for any wildlife you may see from the road side such as red howler monkeys and toucans. This evening we will have time to walk in the canopy of the forest.
Tonight we will camp with facilities.
Approximate drive time - 80km / 2hrs
We will spend the day enjoying the peace and tranquility of the rainforest, we have time to explore and search out the amazing wildlife that lives in this area.
Later in the day we will cross the Essequibo river, and move our camp further north.
Tonight we will camp with facilities
Drive Time: 1-2 hours
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.
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!
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.
Today we will leave the bright lights of Georgetown behind us and cross the border into Suriname. We will follow the coastal road and then cross the river on a ferry. On arrival in Suriname we will head to the Bigi Pan, designated an 'Important Bord Area' of Suriname and famous for it's spectacular shore birds and in particular the Red Ibis.
We will spend the night in comfortable accommodation in twin rooms and meals included.
Estimated Drive Time: 7hrs
Today we will have some free time at the Pan in the morning and after lunch we will head to the lively capital of Suriname!
Estimated Drive Time: 4-5hrs
On Day 11 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.
In Paramaribo we will stay in a comfortable Hostel
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.
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.
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.
This morning is free for you to enjoy how you wish, walk, swim or relax and after lunch we will transfer back to Paramaribo.
On Day 15, we have 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.
Today we say goodbye to Suriname and drive to the border, we will take the 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
Estimated Drive Time: 4hrs
Today we have a free morning 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.
During Turtle Season (March to August) in the afternoon we will drive to the northern beach of Plage les Hattes, in the hope of spotting the Olive Ridley and Leaderback turtles. In the off season we can opt to spend an extra day in Saint Laurent du Maroni.
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 with facilities
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
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.
This morning we will depart Cayenne and begin our adventure across the furthest northern section of Brazil. This section of the trip requires some flexibility due to the departure timings of the Passenger boat and Truck Ferry, as well as the road conditions and weather. We will travel 780km in total over the next couple of days, staying in a basic hotel en route to the port in Macapa.
We hope to board the Amazon passenger boat this morning, sailing to the port of Belem - this crossing usually takes around 24hours. Be sure to bring some snacks, playing cards and a good book for the journey! Our meals are included on the ferry, but be prepared for a real local experience. There is usually a shop and a bar selling drinks and snacks on board.
The truck will depart on a separate ferry in the evening and takes around 36hours to arrive.
Whilst on board we sleep in hammocks on deck. It is possible to upgrade in advance to a cabin, please contact your Sales agent for further information.
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
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.
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 Alc ntara.
In Sao Luis we stay in a local hotel.
Approximate Driving time: 574km / 10hrs (including a ferry journey)
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 Alc ntara, you may spot the Scarlet ibis, or guar s on your way.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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 forr 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
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
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.
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 Lu s Eduardo Magalh es International Airport (IATA code: SSA)
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Trip Name: Brazilian Coast & The Guyanas
Duration: 41 Days
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