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Brazil Beach Hopping

This 11-day guided beach hopping tour in Brazil, will take you from Salvador to Recife, along the magical north eastern coastline through the four states: Bahia, Sergipe (the smallest state of Brazil), Pernambuco and Alagoas. The last two are often called the ‘Caribbean of Brazil’ due to their stunning clear waters. This trip is packed with fun activities for every day. Discover beautiful tropical beaches sheltered by tall coconut palm trees, cross rivers which run into the ocean, swim in natural pools created at low tide, snorkel or dive with colourful fish, visit a sea turtle conservation project, learn about the colonial heritage of Brazil and much more. This itinerary is a perfect plan for beach lovers who also like history and exploring. This program is a great choice for an active family getaway as well as for couples who like to combine relaxation with discovering new places. Stay in charming small pousadas and soak in the beach culture of Brazil. This trip can also be done the other way around, starting in Recife and finishing in Salvador.

11 Days – From £2,600 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Salvador, Praia do Forte, Aracaju, Penedo, Maceio, Sao Miguel dos Milagres, Porto de Galinhas, Recife, Olinda

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees to all the mentioned National Parks
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Brazil)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description.

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Brazil start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. Fly to Salvador (SSA).

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Brazil, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp or email us at brazil@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in Brazil, like the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the exciting Amazon rainforest, the fascinating Pantanal, the culture of Bahia or the deep canyons of the south. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

Best time to visit: year round.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Brazil Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Arrival in Salvador

Today you will arrive in Salvador de Bahia. Welcome to the vibrant capital of Bahia, where the colours of the streets and the rhythm of capoeira will stir feelings of joy in your heart. On arrival to Salvador you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Take a slow-walk to the historic centre of Pelourinho and try the traditional dish called acarajé, enjoy Bahian music and soak up the local vibe, on the main square of the first capital of Brazil! Bahia is a special state with a special feeling – everything is in slow motion here and one quickly embraces this relaxed pace of life. Put your holiday mood on! Overnight at La Villa Bahia.

a view of the colorful colonial houses in the historic centre of Pelorinho in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Day 2 - Salvador to Praia do Forte

Today depart towards Praia do Forte (1,5 hours) is a lovely beach village. It is renowned for its gorgeous beaches with transparent waters and soft white sand, where sea turtles lay their eggs. The beaches are sheltered by lush coconut palm groves and an incredible coral reef stretching along the shore. During low tide many brightly coloured fish get stranded in the small natural pools that form around the reef. Snorkelling and diving is really great here. Visit the  the Tamar Project Station, a sea turtle conservation project, dedicated to preserving the five different species of sea turtles native to the coastal region of Brazil. Later on cast an eye on the ruins of the Garcia D’Avila Castle (1552), the only medieval castle in Brazil. Overnight at …

La Villa Bahia, boutique hotel in Salvador in Brazil

Day 3 - Praia do Forte to Aracaju

After breakfast, continue towards Aracaju (3,5 hours), the capital of the smallest state of Brazil: Sergipe. On the way, stop at Mangue Seco, a small fishing village on the tip of a remote dune swept peninsula. Take a buggy excursion to explore the beach. Sergipe is a sugar-producing region that was strategically important in colonial times. Aracaju’s centre sits on the Sergipe River and it is guarded from the ocean by a sandy barrier island, Ilha de Santa Luzia, boasting many unspoiled beaches. Aracaju is famous for its savoury crabs and just south of Atalaia Beach you will find the popular Passarela do Carangueijo, a row of sidewalk eateries along the waterfront serving the famous respected local dish. Overnight at …

luxury private Alfajiri Villas located in Diani, Kenya

Day 4 - Aracaju to Penedo

After breakfast, continue towards Penedo (3 hours). Stop at Santa Isabel Nature Reserve, a beautiful unspoiled place. The reserve features vast coconut groves, deep blue lagoons amid lush swamplands and high fine sand dunes with an ever-present emerald ocean in the background. Enjoy the splendid views of the scenery. Continue to Piaçabuçu and take a relaxed river tour down the river towards the Atlantic. Later on, continue to the town of Penedo, known for its colonial history and its welcoming atmosphere and friendly locals. Built on a hill overlooking the mouth of the São Francisco River, the town is considered to be one of Brazil’s finest examples of preserved colonial architecture and history. Ruled by the Portuguese and the Dutch, an array of colorful churches, convents and mansions display the European culture. Take a walk through the city and then continue down the Velho Chico on a guided river tour Overnight at …

learning how to surf in Brazil

Day 5 - Penedo to Maceio

After breakfast, continue towards Maceió (2,5 hours), passing through Praia do Gunga, one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Due to its location between the Atlantic Ocean and Lagoa do Roteiro, a unique colour forms which is bluer during low tide and greener during high tide, when the river and the ocean meet. Continue along the coast, passing through the laid-back surfer’s town of Praia do Francês, and stop for lunch in Marechal Deodoro, a quaint colonial town with cobbled streets and well-preserved colonial buildings, set on the banks of Lagoa Manguaba. After lunch, continue to Maceió, the capital of Alagoas. The city stands out for its gorgeous urban beaches with tall coconut trees, such as Pajuçara, Sete Coqueiros, Ponta Verde and Jatiucá. Maceió is also blessed with an offshore reef and its natural pools can be visited by raft during low tide. Fish, shrimp, crab and lobster are some of Maceió´s specialities in the many sidewalk eateries. Overnight at …

Two giant roasted lobsters on a plate, with sauce and vegetables

Day 6 - Maceio to Sao Miguel dos Milagres

After breakfast, continue towards São Miguel dos Milagres (2 hours), a paradise fishing village with heavenly beaches. The northern coast of Alagoas hosts never-ending reefs which are perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. São Miguel is blessed with emerald waters, lined with swinging coconut trees. This is a perfect place to unwind, escaping from mass tourism.  Relax in a hammock while sipping coconut water. At low tide you can go snorkelling in the natural pools. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch and tropical drinks. In the afternoon go horse riding or visit the manatee centre on the Rio Tatuamunha. Enjoy splendid sunsets in one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Overnight at …

a sign with the Brazilian flag and the tropical beach behind it

Day 7 - Sao Miguel dos Milagres

Today you will have a free day to enjoy the beach or go snorkelling. The sea is light green, warm and without waves, with a protective reef in the distance. When the tide is low, it is possible to walk kilometers into the sea and dive into the natural pools. Colorful wooden fishing boats adorn the beach, balancing lazily on the surface of transparent water. You won’t be bothered by beach vendors, as this is really a true hidden gem on the entire coast of Brazil. The pousadas here are very charming and homey and restaurants serve organic recipes. There are several walking trails for active visitors. Overnight at …

luxury private Alfajiri Villas located in Diani, Kenya

Day 8 - Sao Miguel to Porto de Galinhas

After breakfast, continue to Porto de Galinhas (3 hours), a popular beach town in the state of Pernambuco. This region is often called the ‘Caribbean of Brazil’ due to its coconut-aligned beaches with turquoise waters and the laid-back lifestyle of the locals. On the way stop to visit the lighthouse on an elevated point near Porto de Pedras, before boarding a small ferry to cross the river. Once on the other side, stop at various points to enjoy the views in Japaratinga, Maragogi, and Praia dos Carneiros, before reaching your hotel in Porto de Galinhas. Overnight at …

Lagoa do Vento, small boutique hotel in the charming village of Atins in the national park of Lencois Maranhenses, Brazil

Day 9 - Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas is popular, therefore expect to meet the crowds and beach vendors in this town. It is nestled amid coconut trees along a stunning white sandy beach with crystal-clear waters and an offshore chain of reefs. During low tide the reef forms natural pools where you can swim or snorkel with tropical fish year-round. You can swim to the reefs or take a small fishing raft called jangada, to reach the natural pools. After swimming discover the nearby beaches and the charming church in Praia do Carneiros. Overnight at …

Madeiro Beach Hotel, a boutique beachfront hotel in Pipa, Brazil

Day 10 - Porto de Galinhas to Recife

After breakfast, continue to Recife (1 hour 15 min), the capital of Pernambuco. Take a discovery tour along the streets of Olinda with colourful houses and breathtaking views. The churches are mingling with coconut trees and the skyscrapers of Recife can be seen on the horizon. Pernambuco is a special state in Brazil, preserving a Dutch colonial look, which is different from other regions carrying Portuguese or French influences. Continue to Boa Viagem beach in Recife, passing through old bridges. You will see the contrast between the modern neighbourhoods and the old towns. In Recife the old town is very cute, with canals and colourful houses. Overnight at Pousada do Amparo.

Views of the colonial town of Olinda and the turquoise ocean behind, Brazil

Day 8 - Departure

Today is your departure day. After breakfast, the transfers to the airport will be organised according to your flight. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the relaxing moments.

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Views of Olinda Coatline, Brazil

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