Brazil- Secrets And Spices


Brazil- Secrets And Spices


5 Days / 4 Nights

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Brazil is a massive country with a huge variety of geographical areas, culture and biodiversity. The Amazon covers a large area of the country and is known as the lungs of the world, but have you ever thought about sampling its cuisine? Uncover the secrets and spices of this lush jungle region, still untouched by the outside world, while contributing to the local culture and positively impacting it. Experience Belém and Cotijuba Island for a multi-sensorial immersion experience; not only to taste the abundance of its culinary diversity but also take part in a number of interactive experiences alongside the native people of the local community!  The only way to understand the Amazon is to immerse yourself in its authentic culture. At the same time, you can encounter a million and one new experiences and discover a world of new adventures in these incredible people's day-to-day lives.

Special features of our Secrets and Spices tour: 

Type of Tourism:  Adventure, Nature, Geographical, Amazon Jungle, Gastronomy

Places to Visit:  Amazon rainforest, Belem, Cotijuba Island

Duration: 5 Days and 4 Nights. 

Type of Service: Private and shared tours. 

Accommodation: 3 star accommodation in Belém These hotels and homestays have been carefully chosen so that we can guarantee you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for, whist having an authentic, local experience. 


Today is your arrival day to the city of Belém. This is the largest city in the North of Brazil and is the gateway to the Amazon Jungle. Your guide will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a walking tour through the historic centre, which was the first Portuguese outpost in the Amazon region, when they arrived here in the 1600s. In the evening, we will enjoy a glorious sunset at Estação das Docas, on the Guajará river bank.

    After breakfast we will enjoy a visit to the local market of Ver-o-Peso, home to the largest variety of local regional products and unique specialties of the Pará state, for a cultural, colourful and aromatic mixture to satisfy the senses!

    In the afternoon, we will visit the Natura Company, the biggest sustainable Certified B Corporation in Brazil, producing ecological and natural cosmetics. The corporation are leaders in the positive use of resources from the area in an ecological and sustainable way.

       Today we will head to the Icoaraci pier for a trip to the Cotijuba Island, by riverboat. The local community will receive with open arms and introduce us to the Island. We will enjoy lunch at the centre of The Belém Islands Women’s Movement. We will be able to see their “hands-on” bio-jewellery workshop, made from seeds and other natural materials from the Amazon jungle.  In the afternoon we will head to a local family home to share in their daily activities and enjoy a traditional home-cooked dinn...

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        After breakfast with the family, we will head out on a hike through the Amazon rainforest to spot the local flora and fauna of the jungle region. We will have lunch with a local family. We will then have a free afternoon to work alongside the local hosts, preparing the decorations and dishes for a sensorial evening beach luau event, listening to the traditional rhythms, enjoying the flavours and warmth of Pará state and its people. We will spend the night once more with a local family.

          Today we will enjoy a morning workshop at Belém Islands Women’s Movement headquarters to learn about the community activities that protect the Amazon Forest and maintain its native traditions.  After a special farewell lunch. We will take the riverboat back to Icoaraci pier and then head to the Belém’s Airport for our flight onto our next destination!

            WHAT'S INCLUDED

            • Accommodation, tours and services as per itinerary 
            • Meals and drinks when mentioned 
            • All transfers in air-conditioning transportation and include guide, except when otherwise mentioned. 
            • Mandatory hotel taxes


            • Visits, services, meals and drinks not mentioned above 
            • Personal expenses 
            • International and domestic air flights (unless specified) 
            • TIP for the guide and driver 
            • Hotel and airport porterage taxes 

            Trip Preparation & FAQS

            Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

            Part of our protocols involve procedures such as:

            -Hydroalcoholic gel in all the vehicles

            -Use of masks by our drivers, guides and recommendation for our clients;

            -Full-time cleaning of the vehicles (doors and all the most-touched surfaces) and the hands of our staff

            -Recommendation of bigger vehicles for groups to keep one seat free besides each guest

            -Individual headphones for groups to keep the necessary distance.

            We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

            We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

            We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

            As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

            We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

            Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

            VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

            Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

            Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

            Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

            Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

            We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

            We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

            We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

            The official currency in Brasil is the Brazilean Real (BRL). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

            Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

            As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, intensifying our support for social projects, reinforcing our commitment to the development of our country, and adding community-based responsible experiences as we are also committed to support their recovery. In partnership with local NGOs, we launched our Sustainability and Reforestation seal, where for each apartment booked with us in the Amazon, a tree seedling will be planted in the forest. Our idea is to develop an increasingly conscientious tourism and help preserve this spectacular biome.

            Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

            Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

            The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

            This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

            For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number:  + 55 21 99735-7446

            It is through travel that we want to give each individual the opportunity to reconnect and positively transform themselves, positively develop traditional Brazilian communities and promote Brazil as a responsible tourism destination.

            All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number:  + 55 21 99735-7446. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

            This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

            This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

            The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

            Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your hotel.

            For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

            In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

            In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

            It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your  program.

            We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. Depending on your destination, at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.

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