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Signature Brazil: Brazil at a glance

12 days from £2,923pp

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Signature Brazil: Brazil at a glance

12 days from £2,923pp

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Morro do Sao Paulo

Morro do Sao Paulo

5 days from £468pp

37km offshore from Salvador on the island of Tinharé is the village of Morro de São Paulo, accessible by catamaran. Morro de São Paulo is agreeably relaxed and traffic-free, with a raucous jumble of bars and pousadas at one end and a handful of peaceful properties on dreamy, deserted beaches at the other. We’ve chosen a hotel on the island’s most beautiful beach Praia do Encanto, where you can really get away from it all.

Day 1: Transfer to the port in Salvador and local catamaran (2.5 hrs) to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Spend 3 nights at hotel Vila dos Orixas (upper mid-range) on the remote Praia do Encanto. Porters and a hotel truck will meet you on arrival for the half-hour ride along the bumpy track to the other side of the island.

Days 2 and 3: It’s up to you. Options include spending your days swinging in a hammock, book (or caipirinha) in hand, swimming in the warm sea or hotel pool, snorkelling and beachcombing (you can walk along the beach all the way to Morro de Sao Paulo village in about an hour – there is also a hotel shuttle if you fancy an evening out).

Day 4: Local catamaran to Salvador and transfer to hotel Casa de Amarelindo for 1 night.

Day 5: Transfer to Salvador airport for your onward flight.

Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte beach

4 days from £372pp

Thanks to its carefully managed conservation projects, Praia do Forte has developed over the decades into an established family-orientated resort without losing its Bahian character. Salvador’s most convenient beach escape, it’s lively at weekends and holidays but miles of palm-lined sands mean there’s room for everyone. Our clients have been enjoying holidays here for over 30 years.

Day 1: Transfer (1.5 hrs) to your hotel in Praia do Forte. Spend 3 nights at Pousada Porto da Lua, a mid-range hotel with a great location right behind the beach.

Days 2 and 3: Relax! This bit of the Brazilian coastline is classic soft sand and genuflecting palm trees, backed by protected Atlantic rainforest. Enjoy your days on the beach or wandering through the colourful village, now home to boutiques and cafés. The Projeto Tamar turtle project is based at the village and much of the wider area is a conservation zone, with pleasant walks along the beach and inland.

Day 4: Transfer to Salvador airport (1 hr) for your onward flight.


Trancoso Beach, southern Bahia

4 days from £569pp

Little-known a decade ago, Trancoso’s sweeping beaches were the secret of well-heeled travellers who came here in search of the real Brazil. Nowadays boutique hotels mingle with its photogenic fishermens’ cottages and Trancoso has transformed itself into an upmarket getaway. Trancoso is no longer undiscovered but remains low-key, with its village soul intact. Local kids play football in the beautiful cuadrado each evening as the sun goes down.

Day 1: Transfer to Salvador airport for flight to Puerto Seguro (1 hr). Continue by road to Trancoso (2 hrs). Spend 3 nights at Pousada Etnia (upper mid-range), a delightful small boutique pousada, close to the village centre and a 10-minute stroll from the beach.

Days 2 and 3: At leisure to enjoy Trancoso’s superb golden beaches and Bahian village vibe.

Day 4: Transfer to Porto Seguro airport (2 hrs) for your onward flight.

Praia da Pipa

Praia da Pipa beach

4 days from £869pp

Pipa village flourished in the 1980s when it was adopted by surfers. But you don’t need to ride the waves to enjoy it: the golden sands (widely acknowledged as among the top ten beaches of Brazil) are defined by huge coconut plantations, cliffs covered in Atlantic forest, sand dunes and hidden coves where dolphins frolic in the ocean. We think it’s well-worth going the extra mile to get here.

Day 1: Transfer to Salvador airport for flight to Natal (2hrs). Transfer from Natal airport to Praia da Pipa (2hrs). Spend 3 nights at blissful Toca da Coruja (upper mid-range), tucked away in the forest behind the beach.

Days 2 and 3: At leisure in friendly Pipa. You can explore the ecological sanctuary (dolphins, turtles and monkeys are visitors here) which is accessible by boat or canoe, beach buggy, on horseback, or on foot. It’s a young people's place, with a particularly energetic nightlife which attracts an international clientèle. That said the entertainment has a delicious Brazilian flavour influenced by the famous forró dance and folk music of the northeast.

Day 4: Transfer to Natal airport (2 hrs) for your onward flight.

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