Welcome to Pernambuco


Recife, Pernambuco’s capital, is one of Brazil’s biggest cities; it's a very urban place with a rich cultural and entertainment scene and a fascinating history. By contrast its much smaller and calmer neighbor, Olinda, is a charming, historic town, full of picturesque churches, colonial colors and talented artisans.

North and south of these centers stretches a short but glorious coast with dozens of palm-fringed sandy beaches, great surfing waves and crystal-clear reef pools. Porto de Galinhas, south of Recife, has developed into one of Brazil’s more popular coastal resorts; nearby Tamandaré is a mellower spot for a more relaxed beach stay.

But Pernambuco’s most glittering gem sits more than 500km out into the Atlantic. The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a tropical-island getaway to dream about, a fervently protected aquatic Eden with near-empty, postcard-perfect beaches, surrounded by warm, brilliantly clear waters with world-class diving. It is probably Brazil’s most awed destination.


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$375 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Recife to Pernambuco 5-Day Tour with Sightseeing Cruise

Day 1:Transfer from Recife Airport to your HotelDay 2: Recife to Marco Zero Square/Instituto Ricardo Brennand/Oficina Francisco Brennand In the morning after your breakfast you will take a boat tour in the rivers of Recife. Then you will stop in Marco Zero Square for a 2 hour break for lunch and shopping. Then you will visit the street of Bom Jesus, where there exists the first synagogue in America and Cais do Sertão Museum. After, you will head to the Instituto Ricardo Brennand - one of the most important museums in South America. You will have an audio guided tour and about 2 hours to relax and enjoy the amazing atmosphere. Finally, the day will finish after a quick stop in Oficina Francisco Brennand. When finished, you will be taken back to your hotel. Day 3: Hotel to 3 Beaches/Porto de Galinhas This morning after your breakfast, you will bring your swimsuit and prepare to get wet. You will go to 3 amazing beaches. After some walking you will arrive in Calhetas beach. After you will go to Paraíso Beach to see an amazing view of the South coast of Pernambuco. Right next to that is Suape beach - a nice fishing village where you can enjoy a fresh coconut water. Finally, you will head to Porto de Galinhas for a meal and visit the natural pools. You will leave Porto around 8pm with plenty of time to do some shopping and enjoy the nightlife of the village.Day 4: Hotel to OlindaThis morning after your breakfast, you will head to the Historic city of Olinda - one the most preserved colonial cities of Brazil. First stop will be in the Convent of São Francisco and Alto da Sé. There will be 3 hours for this stop with time for a lunch break. Following this you will go down the hill to walk through the village to the old slaves market and monastery of Saint Benedict. After Olinda you travel over to Casa da Cultura, an old prison that now holds most of the hand crafts and art of the state. Walk along the river with your guide to see some bridges and the oldest restaurant still operating in Brazil (130 years).Day 5: Transfer to AirportToday after your breakfast, transfer out to the airport of Recife

$150 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Fernando de Noronha Archipelago Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

Following an 8am pickup at your hotel in Porto de Santo Antônio on Fernando de Noronha Island, board the Atalaia catamaran at Santo Antonio Port with your guide and begin your 5-hour exploration of some of the islands in the archipelago, including a 40 minute stop for a chance to go snorkeling. Dolphins and other marine life are often spotted. Following lunch on board (vegetarian option available), return to port and your hotel around 1pm.

$37.50 Transfers & Ground Transport

Olinda to Recife Airport Private Departure Transfer

Your driver will be waiting for you at your hotel in Olinda with a sign which will have your name in it. Enjoy this transfer from your hotel in Olinda to the International Airport of Recife or all hotels on the Harbor of Boa Viagem, Pina and Piedade. This service uses transportation of a double air-conditioned vehicle which has a TV, DVD, and Wi-Fi. We'll offer you safety, punctuality and comfort. You should enjoy your vacation so get off to a great start with us. Start your trip the way you deserve it and don't forget to book your arrival transfer too (if applicable)!

$72 Outdoor Activities

Costa dos Mirantes Trail Tour from Fernando de Noronha

Wake up early for this 7am walk led by a professional guide to admire the beautiful views of Fernando de Noronha. In this light trail (2.5km) the first destination is the belvedere of the dolphins, where you will have the possibility of seeing them do their morning jumps. Following the route, go along the bay's slope on a path shaded by vegetation to the famous viewpoint, Dois Irmãos. Soon after, you face a steep descent through rocks to access Sancho Beach, voted the most beautiful in Brazil. Then, just behold the view, because this place is a perfect point for swimming and free diving. This will be the end of the tour.

$72 Water Sports

Noronha: Emerald of the Atlantic Trail

In this tour you will know why Noronha is considered the emerald of the Atlantic. After hotel pick ups by bus, the first beach visited is Cacimba do Padre, famous for its waves and with a privileged view of the hill of 'Dois Irmaos' (Two Brothers). Then we will go to the beach that is considered the best for free dives, the 'Bai­a dos Porcos' (Bay of Pigs), then you will go to the beaches of Bode, Americano and Boldr. If the sea conditions are good, it will be possible to stop for refreshing and swimming. Don't forget to use comfortable walking shoes, light clothes, sunglasses and swimsuit to enjoy your tour at the most.

$87 Outdoor Activities

Small-Group 4x4 Off-Road Island Discovery Full Day Tour

The starting point is at Projeto Tamar. There you will meet with the Tamar biologist for a special introduction. It is also the ideal time to buy a  bottle of water and guarantee the diving equipment (own expense). You will get to know the Sancho Bay, voted the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor! You will find a very white sand, and a calm sea with pristine waters. It is a snorkeling stretch, ideal for contemplating the marine fauna with snorkeling.Another destination is Porto's beach. There you will know the famous Rachel's Hole, besides the Sharks Museum, a complete collection about the marine fauna of Fernando de Noronha. Then the stop at St. Peter's Chapel will give you one of the most beautiful views of the island and teach you the history of the local fishermen.In the Southeast Bay, you can enjoy the rich marine biodiversity to get close to nature. When diving, the company of huge sea turtles and sharks is very common, which makes the experience unforgettable. At the Mirante da Praia do Leao (Lion's beach), once again the view gorgeous. Going to Cacimba do Padre, you will come across Morro Dois Irmaos (Two Brothers Hill), perhaps the most famous rock formation in Brazil. Cacimba waves attract surfers from all over the world, making it one of the most famous beaches on the island. Arriving in the Bay of Pigs, the highlight are the stones that become true pools of colorful fish, overlooking Morro Dois Irmaos. TripAdvisor chose the Bay of Pigs as the 5th best beach in South America.To finish the tour, a sunset you will hardly find anywhere else on the planet. This unforgettable scene takes place in Mirador do Boldra (Boldro's). Do your best to ensure that your camera is not discharged at this time.

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