African Heritage in Rio & Salvador
African Heritage in Rio and Salvador
7 Days/ 6 nights
Rio de Janeiro, Salvador
Heritage, Culture, Religion
This program is fully customizable and may be operated for individuals, pods and groups
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Arrival in Rio and transfer to your hotel. Balance the day at leisure to enjoy the city at your pace.
Rio by night: Rio like a Carioca! Tonight, visit Lapa, a trendy bohemian area of Rio and dance to the beat of a traditional Samba band at Rio Scenarium night club (food and beverages are not included and tour is not available on Sundays and Mondays).
Note: Rio Scenarium only opening Fridays and Saturdays
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro (Corcovado Mountain & Black Heritage tour)
From your hotel head to the Cosme Velho neighborhood from where a cog train starts a trip through the lush Tijuca Forest towards the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Since 1931 the statue has been a landmark of the city. From atop of the mountain, at 2100 feet above the sea level, a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro will unfold before your eyes. Upon descending continue to downtown Rio to visit the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church and The Black Museum. The church goes back to the Colonial times. It was opened in 1737 and was used as the Rio de Janeiro’s city council from 1812 to 1825. The first political protest in Brazil in 1822, was held there. In addition the church was the center of African and Afro-Brazilian religious, social and political life. You may notice traditional African religious offerings placed on its steps in the Brazilian syncretic fashion. A few blocks away is the traditional 120-year-old Confeitaria Colombo (restaurant), where you will have lunch. Your tour ends at the Zumbi dos Palmares monument. Zumbi was an Afro-Brazilian warrior who, in the 17th century, led the Palmares Quilombo, a community of runaway slaves in Northeastern Brazil. In 1694 after almost 100 years of resistance the forces loyal to the Portuguese Crown finally defeated Palmares, and on November 20, 1695, at 40 years of age Zumbi was killed. Nowadays on every November 20th Brazilians celebrate the National Day of Black Consciousness. [B/L]
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro (Carnival, Samba & Pedra do Sal: The African heart and soul of the city)
Your first stop at today’s tour will be at the Sambodrome: the arena where the famous Carnival parade takes place. You will learn about the parade and understand the importance of this popular celebration in the lives of the cariocas (those who are born in Rio). The tour continues with a visit to a samba school head quarter inside the Samba City. You will go behind scenes of Rio’s Carnival and realize all it takes to produce this incredible show. Your guide will explain the history of the samba and the Carnival, and you’ll be able to try the beautiful costumes you usually see on TV. Your next stop will be at an area known as Little Africa and the Salt Stone: the oldest continuously inhabited Black neighborhood in Rio. From the arrival of the first captured Africans, this small region near the port provided a geological protection that one can still see today. For 500 years this community has been greatly contributing to the city’s cultural life which makes Rio de Janeiro a desired touristic destination throughout the world. [B]
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board your flight to Salvador, Bahia. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy Salvador at your pace. [B]
Day 5: Salvador (Explore Salvador da Bahia African Roots)
Explore the African roots of Salvador on a tour, which combines the modern section and the older Historical Center of the city. Start at the Pelourinho area, so called after the pillory which stood in the main square, in front of the central slave market. Visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum*, which traces the West African origins of the city, and see the superb wooden sculpted panels of the orixás’ by Salvador's most celebrated artist, Carybé. Visit to the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, the famous Black church, built with meager resources over a period of almost 100 years. Next door is the intimate Bahian Gastronomy Museum which focuses on the African influence on Bahia cuisine. Now it’s time try the delicious Fish Moqueca on a typical restaurant. After lunch proceed to the Itapagipe Peninsula for a different perspective of the sprawling city. Enjoy the view of the quiet beach where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dugout canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply syncretized with the Candomblé. The Visit continues to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city and ends at the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local artifacts and souvenirs. It’s time to use your bargaining skills! [B/L]
* The Afro Brazilian Museum is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Day 6 – Salvador (Candomblé: From Africa to Brazil)
Candomblé is a religion that reverences the natural forces that regulate the planet on which we live. Brought to Brazil by the enslaved, it remains mysterious to many and misunderstood by others but is key to understanding the permeating influence that underpins Salvador’s uniquely African identity. Its role in the struggle against the blight of slavery cannot be overstated. After breakfast, visit a traditional candomblé terreiro or house of worship, established at the turn of the 20th century, far from the then city center so as to avoid the overbearing repression of the traditional belief system. The subsequent expansion of the city led to the temple’s grounds being surrounded by the burgeoning metropolis, the background against which the terreiro maintains the traditional religious and social values of ancestral ways. During this visit you will gain an insight into the religious, historical and social aspects of candomblé. Lunch in included at Oceanico Restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy the endless sounds and colors of the Afro-Brazilian tradition, at the Ballet Folclorico da Bahia**: This evening is all about wonderment and sprit renewal. The old district of Pelourinho, once the center of the slave trade, entices you with dinner and a show by the internationally renowned Bahia Folklore Company (Ballet Folclorico da Bahia), featuring a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin them. You will enjoy the sacred dances of the Candomblé; Puxada de Rede, a song by fishermen in honor of Yemanjá, the goddess of the sea; Maculelê, an acrobatic stick and sword dance with its origins in the cane fields; Capoeira, a martial art/dance and the Samba de Roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance. After the show, your farewell dinner will be served in one of the many fine restaurants in the area. [B/L/D]
** The Folklore show in Salvador is NOT available on Sundays and Tuesdays. For the candomble visit dark clothing must be avoided. Guests should wear light colored clothing (preferably white) while women are invited to use below-the-knee-line long skirts. Best on Wednesdays.
Day 7 – Salvador, USA
Morning at leisure. At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight home or to your next destination. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
· Airfare New York-São Paulo-Salvador-New York
· Private transfers between airports and hotels
· Accommodation for 6 nights in standard rooms at hotels of your choice:
o Rio de Janeiro - 3 nights
o Salvador - 3 nights
o Daily breakfast
o 3 lunches
o 1 dinner
· Visits to:
o Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain
o Rio’s Little Africa and Pedra de Sal
o Salvador’s African roots
o Salvador’s Folkloric Ballet
· Private transportation
· English Speaking guides
· Tickets to attractions mentioned
· All hotel taxes
· Airfare taxes and fees
· Travel insurance
· Early check-in, late check-out at hotels
· Services and food not listed in the itinerary
· Beverages during the meals
· Hotel extras, and personal expenses
· Daily tax charged by the Local Convention Bureau at hotels
· Tips for guides, drivers, and in restaurants
|Rio de Janeiro||Arena Leme||4|
|Salvador||Wish Hotel da Bahia||4|
|Rio de Janeiro||Miramar By Windsor||4.5|
All hotels are subject to confirmation at the time of booking
|Room||1 Pax||2 Pax||3-4 Pax||5-7 Pax||8-9 Pax||10-14 Pax|
· Lunches and dinners can be arranged for individuals, families and groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
· We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
· Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.
· Car can be upgraded upon request
· If you wish to use these programs for your group or as the basis for a customized journey please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
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· Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our buying power and longtime relationship with the airlines.
We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.