Join Chris and Carolyn Caldicott on this journey round Brazil in search of culinary delights, and evocative images of bustling markets, stunning beaches, hidden villages and vibrant festivals.
They will also give a casual workshop on how to improve your photographic skills and an introduction to all the delicious cuisine you will enjoy on the journey ahead from super fresh sizzling street food to gourmet meals. The tour starts in Rio de Janeiro to see the famous Christ The Redeemer Statue as well as exploring the lesser known areas of the city. Enjoy an exclusive private Caipirinha making lesson with one of Rio’s top barmen on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Break up the journey with a couple of days in the bohemian town of Trancoso, a former fishing village on Brazil's Bahia coast with spectacular beaches. Staying just off the “Quadrado”, a large, rectangular village green surrounded by brightly coloured houses with the all-white 16th century São João Batista church at one end overlooking the beach and sea, you will enjoy a two day traditional Bahia festival with dancing, Sumba, singing and eating.
We continue to Salvador, the capital of Brazil’s north-eastern state of Bahia, known for its Portuguese colonial architecture, Afro-Brazilian culture and tropical coastline. Split into two levels, it is connected by lifts and a network of steep back streets which lead up to the Pelourinho (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Salvador is home to some of the best-preserved colonial architecture in the Americas. Explore the beautiful Renaissance buildings, the vibrant Bahian markets and enjoy a home cooked meal in a private house to show you the highlights of Afro-Brazilian cuisine including the famous Moqueca.
The tour ends in Paraty, a small 17th century colonial port on a stunning stretch of jungle-clad coastline equidistant between Rio and Sao Paulo. It was once Brazil’s main port for sugar export under Portuguese colonial rule until the late 1800s, when the inner road was opened, and Paraty was left forgotten and frozen in time. Walk around the stunning 17th century buildings in the town centre where cars are strictly forbidden and enjoy a day trip on a private schooner to explore the areas many beaches, secluded bays and islands.