Brazil's African Roots
"Rio de Janeiro & Salvador de Bahia"
The biggest population of African descendants is in Brazil. Everything from their food, culture, their way of dressing is influenced by African culture. Welcome to the blackest cities you can visit outside of Africa! This seven-day, two-city tour will immerse you in Brazil’s black history through its people, culture, and nature.
During our trip, we will guide you throughout Rio and Salvador to reconnect to your roots, dance, learn how to Samba, eat rich foods, drink delicious cocktails, and delight your ears in Brazilian music. Prepare to have experiences and see places that an ordinary tour guide wouldn’t take you to.
Dates: March 10-17, 2022
4 Star Beach Front Accommodations
Photographer/Videographer on site
Domestic Flight to Salvador
Daily Breakfast, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
English Speaking Driver/Guides
Everything on Itinerary unless specified otherwise
All local taxes, unless specified otherwise
What's Not Included?
Flight to and from Brazil
(Fly into Rio (Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport) and fly out from Bahia (Salvador International Airport - Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães))
(US-Citizens do not but others might)
Luggage cost during the domestic flight
Drinks (unless specified)
(will be collected on arrival)
PCR Covid-19 Test to enter Brazil
Covid-19 Test to Enter the USA or other country (Required)
Anything not mentioned
This trip is about discovering the African roots of Brazil and therefore is a little different than your typical Brazil group trip. Prepare yourself for an adventure where you get to see some of the must see's but also some unexpected things.
Christ the Redeemer
Salvador de Bahia
*subject to change
Oi! Welcome To Rio!
Arrive in the morning (preferably by 10:30 AM local time) so we can get started with our adventure as soon as possible. We'll start with lunch and taste traditional Feijoada. After lunch, we'll visit Little Africa for a cultural immersion.
Rio de Janeiro’s port was the most active port during the transatlantic slave trade. More than two million Africans entered Brazil through Valongo's Wharf. This tour covers the impact of the African diaspora through a route in the port region of Rio, we will visit sites related to the slavery traffic and post-abolition in Rio.
In the evening we will have the most beautiful welcoming experience starting with a percussion class followed by dinner at an Afro-Brazilian restaurant before checking out the best of carioca's nightlife.
Rio de Janeiro
Let's start off this day of our experiences with a bang! We'll have a cultural immersion through language, cuisine, and music.
During this day, we'll visit all the greatest landmarks of Rio, learn key Portuguese phrases, introduce delicious local flavors, and share Brazil’s unique musical sounds.
The day ends with an amazing sunset in the Sugarloaf mountain, with a breathtaking view of the coast of Rio.
The night is yours to explore Rio at your own pace.
Rio de Janeiro
Time to enjoy jaw-dropping views of the city as we ascend to one of Rio's most majestic peaks. We'll take you to visit a beautiful and preserved region. Starting at Prainha Beach, where we will go to the westernmost point of Rio de Janeiro's coast, characterized by the total absence of constructions, containing only an immensity of green surrounding the beach.
After Grumari we continue to Pedra do Telégrafo. It offers the ultimate vacation photo opportunity – a stunningly beautiful mountaintop location.
After lunch, we'll have a panoramic tour through some of the most beautiful beaches of Rio, including the famous Barra, São Conrado & Leblon.
In the evening we will enjoy our last night in Rio the Brazilian way.
Rio to Bahia
Early in the morning, after your check out in Rio, we will transfer by flight to Salvador de Bahia (flight included).
Approximately 2 hours of flight later, you will arrive in the city of Salvador, Bahia: The blackest city in Brazil.
After check-in, we will explore the city as much as possible. We will start with a city tour through the Old City of Salvador. We will get the opportunity to learn what the books never taught us. Through the narrow streets of the Old City of Pelourinho, the tour highlights spots, people, curiosities & the history of blacks and natives. This is the right place to buy souvenirs and local craft and handmade art pieces, clothing, etc.
After lunch, we'll visit some Candomblé temples, and experience the remaining African religiosity.
Hidden Little Africa
This morning, after an early breakfast, we will head to a lab for our Covid-19 test in order to have our papers to go back home. After that, we'll leave the city behind for a full-day exploring Recôncavo Baiano. The city of Cachoeira was the site of struggles against slavery and, where the Africans enslaved arrived to work on fields of sugar cane. In Cachoeira, we'll find one of the few places in Brazil where the African culture still preserved: the Quilombo.
Quilombo was a place of refuge for the African people enslaved, who fled from sugarcane plantations and captivity. A day tour in this fascinating place, with an experience of their customs and local activities, keeping African traditions mixed with indigenous culture. We will dive deep into the soul of our resilient people who have managed to resist and keep their traditions alive until today.
It's time to relax!! We'll pick you up at the hotel and make our way towards the Maritime Terminal to board the boat. The navigation is in calm waters, inside the Bay of All Saints. The Ilha dos Frades (Friars Island) has approximately 6 km of extension and is located in the center of the Bay of All Saints, with beautiful beaches, mountains, lakes, waterfall, and typical vegetation of the Atlantic Rain Forest. Although it is one of the smallest islands in the Bay, it is also one of the most beautiful.
Also close to Salvador is Ilha de Maré (Island of Tide), an incredible place and still little known among travelers coming from outside of Bahia. This Island will surprise you with the transparent waters of its beaches, the rich vegetation, and the calmness of the villages that make up the island.
Our last night reserves a great experience: a mix of Salvador's flavors. Come join us in this wonderful experience with a local family, for its gastronomic legacy of African Heritage that makes the Bahian cuisine one of the tastiest in Brazil. Enjoying the moment, we’ll have a delicious caipirinha accompanied by good conversation and laughs.
Tchau E Obrigado
This is not a goodbye, it’s a see you later! Head back home or continue to explore Brazil on your own terms and Thank You for choosing Stella Travel!
Price per person:
Double Occupancy - $1,950
Single Option supplement (no roommate) - $2,500
Deposit - $200
(Deposit Deadline: February 1st, 2021)
5 equal payments of $350
(payment plan is flexible and based on the date of booking)
The Single Occupation Room is $550 more and due at the same time as the deposit.
Custom payment plans available, make the deposit and we can talk about a plan that works for you!
PS: Paying your deposit as soon as possible is highly suggested due to limited availability.
Deposits are non-refundable after 24 hours.
Please Note: Flights and travel health insurance are not included but we can help you find the right one.
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Disclaimer: Understand that Cuba is a communist developing country and standards are not the same as the USA.
PS: We, at Stella Travel, are requiring a PCR Covid-19 test to be taken no more than 3 days before a trip to insure everyone's safety if said country does not require a test.