Highlights
  • Hike to spectacular views of the Chapada Diamantina region and to Capão Valley waterfalls
  • Explore Salvador’s Pelourinho neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Learn traditions of Bahia: music, dance, and cuisine

Salvador, Chapada Diamantina, and Trancoso are the three pillars of this well-balanced, gratifying sampling of Bahia, one of Brazil's Atlantic-hugging states that shines with colonial history, fun-loving culture, and mystifying landscapes.

Trip Description

Touching down in Salvador, you get your first taste of Bahia in the welcoming, colorful streets of the Pelourinho neighborhood, UNESCO listed for its urban planning. "Here everyone is a poet, and everyone is a musician,” says our Brazil bard, Jennine Cohen. To better understand who they are today, learn about their history and traditions: first attending a folkloric performance at Teatro Miguel Santa, and then visiting a capoeira studio where dancers’ impressive spins and kicks demonstrate an art developed by African slaves as a form of resistance.

Next it's on to Chapada Diamantina to savor vistas of unusual mesas from the Morro do Pai Inácio, to relish the lush gorges of Capão Valley, and to soak in heart-stirring waterfalls. A number of grottoes are yours to explore, some eerily dark and others bright with crystalline swimming holes. For the last act, fly to the coastal town of Trancoso, whose Quadrado, or main square, is bordered by houses painted bright hues of reds, greens, and blues. Stroll past its historic white church and languish on white-sand, semi-deserted beaches, repeating your new phrase—one of the most commonly heard in Bahia—tudo bem, or “all good.” It certainly is in such heavenly country.

 
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Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive in Salvador

Day 2:

Salvador touring, with São Joaquim market and Capoeira school

Day 3:

Fly to Chapada Diamantina, Morro do Pai Inácio hike

Day 4:

Cave exploring and swimming

Days 5 & 6:

Capão Valley hiking

Day 7:

Fly to Salvador, leisurely afternoon

Day 8:

Fly to to Trancoso

Day 9:

Visit Trancoso, beach time

Day 10:

Depart for home

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Trip Includes
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  • Most meals
  • Baggage handling
  • Ground transportation
  • Sightseeing as outlined in the trip itinerary
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Services of English-speaking guides
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  • Passport, visa, excess baggage, and airport departure fees
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  • End-of-tour gratuities (which are not compulsory)
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Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
Salvador
End City
Trancoso
Cancellation Policy:

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Cancellation charges on air-inclusive packages apply to the entire cost. GeoEx will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements after the trip has commenced or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary. Additionally, cancellation charges for safaris, cruises, air tickets, and custom trips may vary.

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61–90 days prior to departure: 25% of land cost.

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