Welcome to Pernambuco

Recife, Pernambuco’s capital, is one of Brazil’s biggest cities; it's a very urban place with a rich entertainment scene. By contrast its much smaller and calmer neighbor, Olinda, is a charming, historical town, full of picturesque churches and talented artisans. North and south of these centers stretches a short but glorious coast with dozens of palm-fringed sandy beaches, great waves and crystal-clear reef pools.

But Pernambuco’s most glittering gem sits more than 500km out in 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 that is one of Brazil’s most awed destinations.

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Pernambuco activities

$40 Outdoor Activities

Rio Formoso Ecological Park Admission Ticket with Optional Activities

Upon arrival at the Ecological Park, visitors are greeted by the front desk staff who will collect the voucher and pass instructions to fill out the necessary documents, as well as use of the Park structure before and after the tour. Once the documentations are ok and the doubts are taken, the visitor is free to enjoy the lagoon until the time of your trip. At the time of starting the tour, the activity is announced by the sound system and the group meets the monitors at the entrance to the reception. Once with the monitors, they are taken to the locker room where they can pack up, store their things and receive the initial information of the tour (Distances, duration, general care, etc). At this time helmets and vests are also delivered and placed. At the time of leaving for the trail, to make the walk of 900 meters, visitors will only go with the swimsuit and slipper. Arriving at the river's edge, at the point where the float cross actually begins, the slippers are left for the Park's own staff to take them to the exit site. The group, barefoot, receives final directions and enters the river.  The entrance is one person at a time, each with his float. While everyone is in the river, the ride and adventure begin! There are eight obstacles between rapids and waterfalls, with some lulling points as well. All the time monitors stay tuned for safety and help keep the astral with games and jokes. At the exit point, the monitors guide and help each one out, get their slippers and return their buoys. The walk from the exit point to the headquarters, where are the locker rooms and bathrooms, is 300 meters.

$46 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Estancia Mimosa Admission Ticket

Visit: Estancia Mimosa EcoturismoTrail and waterfalls: The proposal of the trail and waterfalls tour at Estancia Mimosa is to have fun and enjoy nature. Small groups (up to 12 visitors), always accompanied by a specialized tour guide, cover 2,800 m of trail observing birds, different species of animals besides a wide variety of trees. Thie trail, which runs through the riparian forest of the Mimoso River, passes through beds of dry streams, small caves and eight waterfalls of varying sizes and shapes with great swimming places in natural pools. Each waterfall is unique. Fauna, flora and abundant water frame this whole scenario. During the trip there are four viewpoints, ideal stops to contemplate the privileged view of the Bodoquena Mountain Range.  Bird Watching: An incredible opportunity for experienced "birdies" and beginners! Estancia Mimosa is a captivating destination for birdwatchers, the tour is accompanied by a specialized and bilingual guide. Located in a region of great environmental diversity, within the Cerrado Biome, Estância Mimosa has more than 250 registered bird species, including rare species. The observation tour is carried out near the lagoon, and in the forest and field areas early in the morning.   Horseback ride: For those who want a greater interaction with nature and to know a little more about the local culture, Estancia Mimosa offers horseback riding through the forests and fields of the ranch. The activity is carried out in groups of up to eight visitors, always accompanied by an experienced guide who tells the stories of the region. With tame, well-trained horses, the ride offers all the safety you need for fun and quiet moments for both children and adults. Have unforgettable moments of contact with nature!

$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

$125 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)!

$57 Day Trips & Excursions

Famous Beach Porto de Galinhas - from Maceió

Elected for the 10th time the best beach in Brazil, Porto de Galinhas is the most popular beach in the coast of Pernambuco. With crystalline waters, warm and limpid in all its extension. Its main attraction is the formation of natural pools (low tide) where it is possible to hike and enjoy all the beauty (raft ride not included) Tour through group formation. The vehicle used for transportation will be according to the amount of people. It can be: car, van or micro-bus. The transportation will pass in the main central hotels, located in the neighborhoods (Maceió), Jatiúca, Cruz das Almas, Ponta Verde, Pajuçara, Stella Maris, Lagoa da Anta, Mangabeiras and Sesc Guaxuma. * This tour has no exit from hotels located on the beach of the French, Barra de São Miguel, Ipioca or any neighborhood not informed.

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