Fascinating Shores of Brazil Tour
Embark on a journey of discovery on this North-Eastern Brazil tour, where grand colonial buildings meet some of the finest golden sandy beaches in South America. The people here are warm, the music contagious and the food, absolutely delicious!
- Discover the exciting city of Fortaleza, packed full of Brazilian heritage, cultural flavour and social innovation
- Immerse yourself in local life in several unique and fascinating coastal communities
- Savour delicious, locally-sourced organic produce, and the freshest of fish
- Gain unique insights into some of the leading social projects in the country
- Take stunning walks along red sand dunes, sandy beaches and lofty cliff-tops
- Go raft-sailing in the traditional vessels of the artisan fishermen in Prainha do Canto Verde
- See impressive performances of popular Brazilian music and theatre
- Delight in the unspoiled beaches, sunshine, warm breezes and caipirinhas of Northern Brazil
This is a private tour and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide throughout. The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs and requirements.
This journey takes you deep into the local culture and heritage of the Nordeste (North-East) of Brazil. It has been designed to offer a perfect balance between cultural exchange and discovery, sight-seeing, outdoor activities and pure relaxation on some of the most stunning beaches in the world.
The tour starts with the spectacular architecture and sights of the city of Fortaleza, where you will also visit innovative, community-led projects that are changing the lives of thousands of Brazilians. You will then go on to explore the many natural wonders and thriving coastal communities of this vast and rich region.
In all of the coastal communities that you will visit, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, lifestyle and stunning surroundings of the area. Capture a glimpse of daily life, enjoy authentic cultural performances, dine on the local cuisine, compare the different flavours of each locality and enjoy outdoor activities, walks and water-sports in truly spectacular settings.
What makes this tour unique, and indeed truly responsible, is that in each community you will be introduced to ground-breaking and innovative social and community projects that are changing the face of the region and the lives of its inhabitants. Witness for yourself the social and ecological impact of these projects that are opening the door to a sustainable future for the local populations.
Day 1: Fortaleza (-/-/-)
You’ll be welcomed at the airport in Fortaleza by your private local guide, who will be with you throughout your trip. After being driven to your hotel at the Frei Humberto Centre, the evening is free for you to relax and settle in.
Day 2: Fortaleza (B/L/-)
Enjoy a full breakfast including tropical fruits and exotic juices at the Frei Humberto Centre, then head out on a historical and political tour of the city. You’ll visit a local favela (shanty town) where some interesting social projects are developing, including Banco Palmas, an innovative and successful community bank. Explore the cultural centre, Casa de José de Alencar, for an introduction to Brazilian literature before enjoying lunch at the excellent Iracema Restaurant, which serves traditional cuisine from the region. In the afternoon, head into the town centre to discover the Ceara Museum, the architecture of Fortaleza Cathedral and local handcrafts at the colourful central market. Sunset at Metalica Bridge is a perfect way to relax at the end of the day before a traditional dinner at one of our recommended restaurants. Transfer back to Frei Humberto Centre.
Day 3: Fortaleza to the Coqueirinho community (B/L/D)
Breakfast is followed by a 2.5 hour drive along the coast to the Coqueirinho settlement, a community of hard-working farmers. You will arrive at the Sabor da Terra restaurant (Taste of the Land) in time for a lunch of traditional cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients, including organic fruits and vegetables, from their own farms. Later, you’ll be taken on a horse-drawn cart tour of the surrounding countryside and get the chance to relax in hammocks before savouring more local specialties at dinner in the community restaurant. Accommodation in a pousada (traditional country Inn)
Day 4: Coqueirinho community (B/L/D)
After breakfast, guided visits of several innovative environmental projects in the village, where you will have the opportunity to speak with their founders, understand their motivations and see the positive impact of the projects first hand. Enjoy another delicious traditional lunch at the community restaurant and an afternoon to relax. After dinner there will be a cultural show that includes a play performed by the local theatre group.
Day 5: Coqueirinho to Tremembé community (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the restaurant, you’ll head to Tremembé, stopping off in the village of Aracati for a brief tour. Admire the colonial architecture, explore the Bodega cooperative and browse local produce and handicrafts. Lunch will be served at your pousada on arrival in Tremembé. Relax with a late afternoon walk along the beach before dinner hosted by a representative of the Caiçara Association, a partner in local, sustainable tourism projects.
Day 6: Tremembé community to Ponta Grossa (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you’ll set off on a tour of Icapui's social community projects including the environmental centre, the footbridge trail and a seaweed production project run by a group of women from the Barrinha community. Lunch will be served back in Tremembé and in the afternoon you’ll leave for an hour’s drive to Ponta Grossa, where you will be welcomed at your pousada. Enjoy great views over dinner at a beach-front restaurant.
Day 7: Ponta Grossa to Prainha do Canto Verde (B/L/D)
After breakfast set off on a 1.5hr drive to the fishing community of Prainha do Canto Verde where you will have time to relax and settle in to your beach-side pousada. For lunch, sample lobster and other local specialities at the Sol e Mar restaurant, before exploring the surrounding countryside and beaches. In the afternoon enjoy sailing on the calm waters in a traditional Cearense vessel before heading back for dinner.
Day 8: Prainha do Canto Verde (B/L/D)
Enjoy breakfast followed by a morning of raft-sailing in the warm ocean breeze. You’ll stop for lunch at Sol e Mar and the afternoon will be free for you to relax and enjoy the beach. After dinner gather for an evening cultural performance.
Day 9: Prainha do Canto Verde to Fortaleza (B/-/-)
After breakfast you’ll be picked up for your transfer either to Fortaleza (2.5 hours) or directly to the airport for an overnight flight back home. End of the tour.
Note: If you would like to extend your tour there are several other community experiences to enjoy in this region. Take a look at our Discover section to find out more about them.
- Trip duration: 9 days
- Countries visited: Brazil
Adventure: Accommodation in hostels (always in a private room) and B&Bs, and sometimes in hammocks, rustic cabins or tents. Internal transport is overland rather than by plane wherever possible.
Note: this is a guideline; please refer to the tour detailed description for what is and is not included.
- Level of difficulty: Low
- Accommodation: 2 nights at a hotel in Fortaleza, 2 nights in a pousada (traditional Inn) in Coquerihno, 1 night in a pousada in Tremembé, 1 night in a pousada in Ponta Grossa, 2 nights in a pousada in Prainha do Canto Verde
- Transport: Private car
- Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
Percentage of cost going to local communities:
At least 50%
- Bilingual guide: Available in English, French or Spanish
- Extra services:
You will be greeted at the airport on arrival by a local guide who will take you to your hotel and will be able to answer any questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure everything goes smoothly.
No minimum number of passengers required and you will not be travelling with a group of people you do not know. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people travelling. You should expect a cheaper price for bigger groups.
Your passport is required at time of booking. For information on visa requirements and health formalities you can visit the FCO travel advice website or the US Travel Advice Website (direct link to Brazil page).
Information on money changing in each destination, as well as what it is customary to tip for various services, will be provided.
This tour of Brazil, like most of our adventures through Latin America, has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like. If you have any concerns or require special arrangements please call or email us to discuss.
What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, binoculars, alarm clock, walking shoes, water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, torch with extra batteries, comfortable light cotton shirts with long and short sleeves, comfortable trousers made of cotton or a light synthetic material (bring at least two sets of light clothes which can be washed and dried easily), shorts, rain coat.
- Best time to travel: All year round
- Extra budget recommended: Around £150 / $200 pp to cover meals and all other expenses not included in the itinerary.
- What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Transfers (some may be shared) and internal flights. Overland transport. Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited. Donation to help in preserving the Amazon rainforest through agro-forestry and education.
- What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs.
Fascinating Shores of Brazil Tour
£ 1,725 GBP
Welcome to North Eastern Brazil where the people are warm, music contagious and the food delicious! This tour starts with a historical and political city tour of Fortaleza. Then travel on to the remote lands of the Tremembé people and the sand dune beaches of the Prainha do Canto Verde where you can try your hand at raft sailing, artisan fishing or just lie in the sun sipping Caipirinhas!