Historical Brazil


Historical Brazil


13 Days / 12 Nights

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Brazil is the biggest geographical land area in all of South America, with a huge variety of geographical regions, culture and biodiversity. The country has a long and impressive history starting with its native, indigenous people. In the 1600s the Portuguese conquered the country, beating the Spanish to the area. The country became the central extraction point of gold, concentrated in the Minas Gerais region. It was in 1822 that Brazil gained independence from the Portuguese to become an independent state. Today Brazil is an eclectic mixture of Afro Brazilian and European influence which is reflected in its history, culture and regional dishes. Learn some fascinating Brazilian history on your trip to this ex Portuguese colony!

Special features of our Historical Brazil Tour: 

Type of Tourism:  History, Culture, beach

Places to Visit:  Salvador, Recife, Sao Luis, Alcantara, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Mariana, Congonhas, Tiradentes, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro

Duration: 13 Days and 12 Nights. 

Type of Service: Private and shared tours. 

Accommodation: 3 star accommodation at most destinations that you will visit. These hotels, pousadas and lodges have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


Today is arrival day to the city of Salvador in Bahia! Your guide will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we will head out on a historical city tour of Bahia's colourful, colonial and cultural capital. The region is famous for its cuisine, music, dance and architecture.

    Today we will head out on a tour of Cachoeira, which means “waterfall” in English. This region is famous for its tobacco, cotton and sugar production and today is a thriving economic hub in brazil. We will learn more about Cachoeira’s intricate history and more about its important Baroque architectural heritage in Bahia. We will visit the well-preserved colonial architecture; including Igreja Matriz and the Ordem Terceira do Carmo churches.

      After breakfast, we will head to The Salvador Airport for a connecting flight to Recife. Our guide will be waiting at the airport to take you to your hotel for the evening.

        Today we will visit Recife and Olinda, famous for their incredible carnivals. Recife is known as the Brazilian Venice. We will pass through Marco Zero, Parque 13 de Maio, Government Palace, Santa Isabel Theatre, The Culture House and seafront of the famous beach of Boa Viagem. We will return to João Pessoa after a beautiful day full of history! Olinda is a UNESCO Natural and Cultural Heritage of Humanity site. We will walk along the beautiful beaches and visit the Alto da Sé, with its historical monuments, museums and c...

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          After breakfast, we will head out on a visit to Alcantara. Originally founded by French explorers, The Portuguese took control of the village in 1646.  Part of the Baixada Maranhense Environmental Protection Area is found here and is a protected area of wetlands, home to many different plant and animal species. We will return to Sáo Luis in the evening.

            In the morning, we will be picked up from the hotel to go to the airport in Sao Luis for our flight to Belo Horizonte, then our onward journey to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ouro Preto. Ouro Preto meaning “black gold” was the central city of the Brazilian gold rush in the 18th century.

              After breakfast, we will head out on a tour of Ouro Preto and Mariana. With the decline in gold production in the 19th century, Ouro Preto’s influence was lessened. However, we can still appreciate many churches, bridges and fountains give us an idea of the prosperity of the city in times gone by and the exceptional artwork of the Baroque sculptor Aleijadinho. Mariana was also historically important in the “golden age” and The cathedral of Mariana “Catedral da Sé” is particularly interesting, it h...

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                Today, we will visit Congonhas which was a centre for the mining of iron, nickel, gold, and other minerals. The town is dominated by the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas, dating back to 1773, which consists of a church, several small chapels, and 18th-century-style gardens; it was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985. The churchyard is renowned for its impressive soapstone statues of the 12 prophets, carved by Aleijadinho. We will have lunch at a local restaurant then head off to Tiradentes. Tiradentes is like steppi...

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                  After breakfast, we will leave Tiradentes for Petropolis. Petrópolis was founded in 1845 by Bavarian immigrants with the permission of the Brazilian emperor of the time, Pedro ll, after whom it was named. The emperor was attracted by the areas relatively cool climate and held court there during the warmer months. His possessions remain in the ornate royal palace, which is now a state Museum. Petrópolis served as the state capital from 1894 until 1903. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will head to Rio for early even...

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                    Today we will get to know the famous city of Rio de Janeiro and visit its important sites of the Corcovado, (Christ the Redeemer) and The Sugar Loaf mountain as well as a visit to the colonial downtown area. We will enjoy a barbecue lunch before heading back to the centre for a free afternoon and evening to absorb the Rio atmosphere to the full!

                      After breakfast, we will head to Paraty. On arrival, we will have a tour of the historical centre and wander its narrow cobbled streets to enjoy its colonial vibe. We will then experience a traditional dinner at a local restaurant, before heading to our hotel for the evening.

                        Today we will enjoy the experience of a schooner ride with lunch on board. With its wild, untouched beaches and islands, Paraty Bay is one of the most beautiful places of the Brazilian coast. Its crystal clear, calm waters and its colourful shoals of fish, are perfect for snorkelling and diving.

                          Today is our final day and we will head back to the city of Rio. We will drop you off at the airport if you have an onward flight, or you can hang around in the Brazilian party capital, as long as you wish!

                            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

                            WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                            • 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: info@valenciatravelcusco.com 

                            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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