Discover some of Brazil's lesser-known coastal wonders with this beach-heavy, nine-day getaway. Touch down in São Paulo before heading north to the shifting sand dunes and pristine beaches of Natal. It's on to the laid-back surf town of Praia de Pipa for outdoor adventures by dune buggy, bike, and kayak, then continue to Salvador, where you'll learn about its unique Afro-Brazilian culture and history through music, dance, and a flavorful cooking class.


  • See the most significant monuments in São Paulo
  • Head to the beach town of Natal and hop in a dune buggy to discover the coast
  • Explore the beaches and nearby villages of Praia de Pipa on foot and by bike
  • Kayak in Lagoon Guariras for its calm water and enjoy coastal views
  • Learn about Salvador's history, culture, and local cuisine

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in São Paulo, Half-Day City Tour São Paulo
Day 2 Fly to Natal, Gateway to the Atlantic Coast Natal
Day 3 Dune Buggy Adventure Natal
Day 4 Transfer to the Beach Town of Praia de Pipa Praia de Pipa
Day 5 Praia da Pipa Dune Buggy & Bike Tour Praia de Pipa
Day 6 Kayak in Lagoa Guaraíras, Fly to Salvador Salvador
Day 7 Pelourinho Walking Tour, Miguel Santana Theater Salvador
Day 8 Day Trip to Praia do Forte Salvador
Day 9 Salvador Market Tour & Cooking Demonstration, Depart Salvador  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in São Paulo, Half-Day City Tour

São Paulo Express
Discover São Paulo's vibrant nightlife after a comprehensive city tour

Welcome to São Paulo! Upon arrival at the airport, a driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel, and you'll get your first look at this sprawling city along the way. One of the oldest cities in the Americas, São Paulo has grown from a hilltop village to a multicultural metropolis and the most populous city in Brazil. Modernity meets tradition here, laced with living history. Home to beautiful parks, exciting architecture, urban art, and renowned museums and art galleries, São Paolo is also renowned for its sparkling nightlife.

Once settled in at your hotel, take a half-day guided walking tour of the city to get your bearings. Start with a visit to the enormous Ibirapuera Park, the historic downtown, and the bustling Avenida Paulista, a central hub that hosts financial buildings, tourist attractions, and a significant cultural and entertainment spot. As your guide leads you through the city's most famous landmarks and neighborhoods, you'll learn more about its vibrant culture and diversity along the way.

Day 2: Fly to Natal, Gateway to the Atlantic Coast

Welcome to Natal!
Head to the coast and the sweeping beaches and dunes around Natal

Today, you'll leave the big city and head for the coast, catching a 3.5-hour flight north to Natal. Upon arrival, a driver will be waiting to take you to your beachfront hotel. Located in the country's northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal is a coastal paradise and the gateway to over 254 miles (410 km) of unspoiled beaches, as well as towering sand dunes, pristine lagoons, and charming beach towns. You'll stay in the Ponta Negra neighborhood, known for its lovely beach, steady surf, and lively nightlife.

Get settled, then spend your afternoon discovering some of the local beaches at your own pace. Be sure to visit the Morro do Careca (Bald Man Hill), a high dune measuring over 328 feet (100 m), surrounded by native vegetation, which contrasts dramatically with the turquoise seas below.

Day 3: Dune Buggy Adventure

Natal - Dune Buggy Ride Tour
Venture into the dunes for some off-road adventure via a 4WD buggy

Today you'll venture into the region's famous sand dunes, and the adventure begins as you meet your buggy driver and guide. Hop in and set off on a thrilling journey along the coast, taking in the breathtaking beauty of Natal's famous beaches. Feel the wind blow through your hair and the sun warm your skin as the buggy zips along the soft sand, offering unparalleled views of the sparkling ocean and lush surrounding vegetation. Your guide will share fascinating stories and insights about the local landscape, history, and culture, making this an educational and engaging experience.

Along the way, you'll stop at some of the area's most picturesque and lesser-known beaches, allowing you to explore hidden gems and take in some fantastic panoramas. You'll also have the chance to visit charming local villages and interact with the residents. These encounters will give you a deeper understanding of the local way of life and culture, making your adventure immersive and memorable. And, of course, there will be opportunities for you to cool off with a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear ocean waters at some of the many beaches you'll visit.

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Day 4: Transfer to the Beach Town of Praia de Pipa

Welcome to Pipa!
Soak up the laid-back vibes of Praia de Pipa, a relaxed beach town south of Natal

This morning, a driver will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby to take you on the one-hour drive south to Praia de Pipa. A quiet fishing village, it spent centuries unnoticed on the map, but in the late 1970s, surfers discovered Pipa's waves and put the town on travelers' route. Since then, the rustic beach and the nearby village Tibau do Sul have developed cozy pousadas, eclectic restaurants, and bars that make Pipa's nightlife vibrate year-round. After getting settled in your accommodation, you'll have the rest of the day free to explore this privileged setting surrounded by gigantic cliffs.

Day 5: Praia da Pipa Dune Buggy & Bike Tour

Self guided day in Praia da Pipa (Natal)
Ride a dune buggy to the rugged Chapadão Cliffs near Pipa

Rise early and explore Praia da Pipa and its beaches on your own. Pipa's landscape is filled with dramatic natural features, such as vertical cliffs rising up to 32 feet (10 m) high, fine white sand, crystal-clear waters, and preserved tropical forests. Later on, you'll hop in another dune buggy and set off to explore the nearby cliffs of Chapadão, a local beauty spot with unparalleled views over the Praia do Amor and Praia das Minas beaches. Next, travel along 1.5 miles (4 km) of beach and cliffs to Sibaúma, a charming fishing village. Here you'll stop at a lookout to observe giant sea turtles submerging in the turquoise sea.

Stop at the natural pools of Praia de Sibaúma for a cooling dip, then head to one of the area's best restaurants for lunch. Then it's time to swap your buggy for a bike as you set out on a guided cycle around the area, learning about the local wildlife and history along the way. This scenic adventure takes you along the Rota das Falésias, following a rugged, hard-packed trail accompanied by a constant ocean breeze. Pedal along the hard sand of a deserted 4-mile (6 km) beach that's also a significant turtle nesting area. Stop for a swim, then continue to Sibaúma, a historic fishing village home to descendants of escaped enslaved Africans.

Day 6: Kayak in Lagoa Guaraíras, Fly to Salvador

Fly to Salvador in Brazil's Bahia state, a center of the region's unique Afro-Brazilian culture

Set off on an eco-friendly kayaking adventure this morning among the mangroves and dunes of Lagoa Guaraíras (Guaraíras Lagoon). Located 10 miles (7 km) from Praia da Pipa near the village of Tibau do Sul, this coastal lagoon is known for its natural beauty and placid waters. Paddle along the stunning cliffs, stopping for two refreshing swims and a journey through the diverse mangrove channels, known as levadas by locals. The 2.5-hour kayaking experience, available in single or double kayaks, is led by a guide, taking advantage of the tide movements for easier paddling. Don't forget your hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water for this energizing excursion!

After your outing, return to your hotel for some rest. Later in the afternoon, your driver will take you to the airport in Natal, where you'll catch a two-hour flight south to Salvador, where you'll be transferred to your hotel in town. Located in the state of Bahia, coastal Salvador is the center of the country's Afro-Brazilian culture, and the city is known for its music, frequent festivals, relaxing beaches, historic architecture, and distinctive cuisine. After checking in and getting some rest, you'll have the rest of the evening free to explore the city on your own.

Day 7: Pelourinho Walking Tour, Miguel Santana Theater

View of the São Francisco Church
Wander the colorful colonial streets of the Pelourinho district

Meet your guide bright and early and go on a walking tour of Salvador's historic downtown and the Pelourinho district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the most extensive collection of colonial buildings in Latin America. Walk along cobblestone streets surrounded by houses in pastel colors. Visit the exuberant São Francisco Church, and see the Cathedral of Salvador's Rococo refinement. Then, continue to the Lacerda Elevator, which transports passengers to the Lower Town below, where the tour ends. You'll have the afternoon free to continue exploring or rest up for tonight's events.

In the evening, witness the region's rich African heritage with an exhilarating performance by the Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia), one of the world's most respected folklore dance troupes. You'll head to Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho district for a seamless presentation of the African traditions underpinning Bahian culture. See sacred dances, such as the exhilarating capoeira martial art/dance and a grand finale of samba de roda, an adapted version of this exuberant national dance. After the show, have dinner in a nearby restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Day 8: Day Trip to Praia do Forte

Full day visit to Praia do Forte
Take a day trip to the fishing village of Praia do Forte

This morning you'll join your driver for a day trip up the scenic Coconut Highway leading north to Praia do Forte, a fishing village 50 miles (80 km) north of Salvador, home to some of the best beaches in Bahia. The latter section of the drive north is flanked by the distinctive white sands of the sparse restinga vegetation, an ecosystem seen in a few regions in Brazil. Praia do Forte takes its name from the fortified Garcia D'Ávila Plantation home, one of the oldest stone constructions in the region. Visit the farmstead ruins, where you'll have a commanding view of the northern coastline.

Have lunch in the village of Praia do Forte, and afterward, visit the TAMAR Project Headquarters. This national sea turtle preservation project is one of Brazil's most successful ecological programs. The visitors' center provides a unique up-close view of these remarkable animals. Then it's time to relax on the beach or browse the many local handicraft shops before returning to Salvador for the evening.

Day 9: Salvador Market Tour & Cooking Demonstration, Depart Salvador

São Joaquim Fair
Celebrate your last day in Brazil with a feast of traditional Bahian cuisine

In Salvador, there are few better ways to immerse yourself in the city than by visiting its municipal markets. The São Joaquim Fair is the largest such market in the town, and on today's tour, you'll have an opportunity to tour this massive labyrinth of merchant stalls, produce vendors, and food purveyors. Rub shoulders with locals doing their daily shopping, try a fresh fruit suco (juice), or purchase authentic Bahian souvenirs.

The market is also where you can find all the ingredients necessary to prepare Bahia's signature dish—moqueca—a rich seafood stew made with cilantro, lime, garlic, coconut milk, and dendê (red palm) oil. After the market, you'll visit a local restaurant for a cooking demonstration in which the chef prepares this dish right before you. Enjoy this delicious meal as a farewell to your time in Brazil. At the appropriate time, a driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. Safe travels!

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