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Marianne Costa

Although I'm thirty, I like to think that I still have the energy and optimism of a twenty-year-old. I'm the mother of Maria Luiza and an activist who supports women's empowerment and entrepreneurship. I love interacting with members of local communities, swapping stories and sharing knowledge. I founded Vivejar after 10 years of in-depth professional experience with local development, sustainable tourism, and entrepreneurship.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Anything that empowers local communities and women will be on my tourism radar in Brazil. At Kimkim I suggest a few of the programs that will make you leave positive impacts at the destination you visit - in a truly effortless way. Just the fact you choose one of this trips already helps (a lot!) all your hosts.

I have a special connection with the Amazon, the indigenous communities and the hidden treasures the rainforest keeps. In case you nature, culture, remote areas is your interest just message me and I'll be your guide through the Amazon.

A project I worked from the very beginning is the "From Clay to Art" program, which is online here at Kimkim. These amazing, strong women show their talent in pottery creating unique pieces that are now in the main art museums of the world, the NYC United Nations and some other important spots. "

Featured trips & expertise

A local artist with her work
Immersive Artist Community Visit in Brazil - 5 Days

Experience community-based tourism in the beautiful Jequitinhonha Valley on this immersive art trip. You'll spend five days with the women of the Campo Buriti community, learning the traditional process from harvesting the clay to kiln firing from the artists. Combine with trips to the historic cities of Belo Horizonte, Diamantina, and Tiradentes for a full Brazil tour.

Amazon River in Belem do Para, Brazil
Immersive Amazon Community Visit - 6 Days

Spend six days diving deep into the culture and local gastronomy on this hybrid eco-tourism and culinary itinerary in the Para State of Brazil. Start in Belem to see the local fish markets and sample cuisine, then head downriver to Cotijuba Island for a community visit where you'll learn to make local dishes, hike through the Amazon, and join the women's empowerment project to throw a beach luau.

Serra dos Órgãos Mountain Range
Trek Brazil's Petrópolis-Teresópolis Crossing - 3 Days

Trek one of Brazil's most beautiful routes through the lush Serra dos Órgãos National Park — from Petrópolis to Teresópolis. The trail is known for its breathtaking vistas, steep climbs, and high difficulty rating, so get ready for an incredibly rewarding challenge!

Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio
A Brazilian Adventure, from Rio to the Amazon – 9 Days

Start your adventure in Rio de Janeiro, known as the "Cidade Maravilhosa" (the Marvelous City). Explore the Floresta da Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world, take a cable car to the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and relax on Copacabana beach. Then head to the Amazon, where you will canoe through the watery forest of the Igapós, spot exotic wildlife in the jungle, and swim with pink dolphins.