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Boa Viagem or Piedade: Olinda and Recife Antigo Day Trip

2. Boa Viagem or Piedade: Olinda and Recife Antigo Day Trip

Visit the UNESCO-listed town of Olinda and the old town of Recife on a day tour from Boa Viagem or Piedade. Admire the secular churches such as the Monastery of São Bento and Amparo with its ateliers of renowned plastic artists, the Largo da Misericórdia, and the highest point of the city the Alto da Sé. In Recife, discover the diverse culture of the Pernambuco carnival, the street of Bom Jesus, elected by a North American magazine as the third most beautiful street in the world. Marvel at the Embassy of the Giant Dolls. See the first synagogue in the Americas before continuing to Praça do Rio Branco, better known as Praca do Marco Zero. In addition to the beautiful architectural ensemble that makes up the square, see the Francisco Brennand Sculpture Park, a true open-air museum. Visit the Pernambuco Handicraft Center with its extensive variety of works of art produced by the state's master craftsmen. Then, take a pleasant walk through the important streets of this charming neighborhood, viewing its architecture and old buildings. As you walk through Recife discover its rich history and see monuments, such as the beautiful Church of Madre de Deus and the Paço Alfandega on the bank of the Capibaribe River.

From Recife : Carneiros Beach

3. From Recife : Carneiros Beach

Praia dos Carneiros, in Pernambuco, is recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil and attracts the interest of many travelers due to its natural beauty. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a paradisiacal setting, surrounded by a beautiful sea full of natural pools. At Carneiros beach, we'll arrive at the support point on the seafront with excellent facilities to enjoy the day and the best of this exciting destination. One of the main attractions, apart from enjoying the natural beauty of the place, is the catamaran ride with stops for refreshing sea baths in clear, warm waters, as well as a fun mud bath on the banks of the Rio Formoso, which is said to be rejuvenating, isn't it? Let's find out! (Catamaran ride not included) Ending this contemplative tour with a stop at the famous 18th century São Benedito Chapel, a postcard of the destination, return to the support point and free time for lunch (optional) and to enjoy this paradise.

Recife Boat Tour with Transfers

4. Recife Boat Tour with Transfers

Depart from Boa Viagem, Pina or Piedade at 15:00 and cruise the waters of the Capibaribe River in Recife, known as the "Brazilian Venice" for its many waterways. Sail to the islands of Santo Antonio, Recife Antigo and Boa Vista, passing under 5 bridges: Bridge September 12 (Ponte 12 de Setembro), Maurício de Nassau Bridge, Bridge Manuel Buarque de Macedo, Elizabeth Bridge and the Duarte Coelho Bridge. Enjoy views of the city sights as you sail, including the Francisco Brennand Sculpture Park and Marco Zero Square, where a small marker indicates the spot where the Portuguese founded Recife in 1537. Admire the colonial facades of buildings such as the Paço Alfândega (Customs Palace) and Ginásio Pernambucano (Pernambuco Gymnasium). Continue past the Legislative Assembly, the Teatro Santa Isabel and the decadent houses of Rua da Aurora. Hear stories about Recife as you cruise, and end in Marco Zero Square, where you can take souvenir photos and shop for handicrafts in the old town.

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Recife: City Tour Recife & Olinda

7. Recife: City Tour Recife & Olinda

Embark on an extraordinary journey through Olinda's Historic Colonial Center, where a picturesque cityscape awaits. Marvel at the colonial houses nestled amidst lush palm trees and the vibrant Atlantic jungle, all against the backdrop of the magnificent sea. As we explore the cobblestone streets that wind through the Historical Center of Olinda, you'll be immersed in a kaleidoscope of colors, with captivating houses adorned in vibrant hues that exude joy and warmth. Our first stop will be at the Monastery and Basilica of São Bento, where Brazilian Baroque Art comes to life, captivating our senses with its exquisite beauty. Continuing our adventure, we'll wander along Rúa do Amparo, a bustling street lined with artisan workshops and talented artists showcasing their craft. At Largo da Misericórdia and Alto da Sé, prepare to be enchanted by the charm and history that pervades every corner. Our next stop will introduce us to the famous giant dolls of Olinda, masterfully created by the renowned artist Silvio Botelho, whose creations bring boundless joy during the Carnival season. Venturing into the neighborhood of Recife Antigo, we'll uncover its hidden treasures until we reach Arsenal, the neighborhood's second most important square. Here, you'll encounter a vibrant hub of crafts and marvel at the architectural splendors of yesteryear. Join us on this captivating journey through Olinda's Cultural Center, where every step reveals a story, a burst of colors, and a deep connection to the city's rich heritage. Prepare to be captivated and let Olinda's charm leave an indelible imprint on your heart.

Recife: Tour to Carneiros with Catamaran Ride

8. Recife: Tour to Carneiros with Catamaran Ride

The tour kicks off with hotel pickups, heading towards Carneiros Beach, approximately 90 kilometers from Recife. The distinct Northeastern ambiance becomes apparent amidst the breathtaking landscape, adorned with majestic coconut trees. Upon arrival, immerse in the ocean, heightened by the awe-inspiring sight of marine life visible through its crystal-clear waters. Experience a captivating catamaran journey along the coastline, exploring the mangroves and making stops not just for a dip in the ocean, but also to harness the therapeutic properties of the coastal clay. Wrapping up the tour, a visit to St. Benedict's Chapel awaits before returning passengers to their hotels, concluding this unforgettable excursion.

Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand

9. Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand

Depart Recife at approximately 11:00 and travel along the Boa Viagem-PIna coastal road to Olinda, passing Beberibe, the Capibaribe River and the zero kilometer mark of Marco Zero along the way. Upon arrival in Olinda, go to the square of Alto da Sé and visit 3 churches. Journey up to the viewpoint to take panoramic pictures of the historic city. Enjoy 45 minutes of free time to purchase souvenirs of local crafts, or relax with some food and drinks if you prefer. Next, descend the hill of the Igreja da Misericórdia (Church of Mercy), strolling the narrow streets lined with colorful houses. Arrive at the former slave market of the Mercado da Ribeira and see the giant dolls used in the Olinda Carnival. Continue to São Bento Church, and end at the Ricardo Brennand Museum, where you can learn about the colonization of Recife and Olinda by the Dutch army.

Porto de Galinhas and Recife Private Transfer

10. Porto de Galinhas and Recife Private Transfer

Complete your trip the way you deserve with a private transfer between hotels or the airport. Relax knowing your travel arrangements are all taken off. Arrive safely, refreshed and ready to travel back home or explore. Relax in vehicles which are all air-conditioned and have TV, DVD and Wi-Fi. The driver will be waiting for you at the reception of your hotel or at the arrival gate. Enjoy a welcome kit on arrival including maps, tips and suggestions will be ready for you.

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What people are saying about Recife

Overall rating

4.4
(20 reviews)

The excursion was excellent. The very nice place. I think the attention of people is the best. The only thing I think needs to be improved is that they allow more time at each stop, because 25 minutes is very little time to enjoy swimming at the beaches. But everything else is spectacular!!!

It is a very nice excursion, Irene the guide is spectacular. I booked an excursion in Spanish, but 90% was in Portuguese. In any case, you understood practically everything reported by the guide, you just missed details.

Good coverage, never faced a problem. Easy to install with the good QR code. Really convenient for a tourist for Google maps or applications. Because there is plenty of data.

Honestly, it was the best trip we took in the Northeast!! Junior, he's a sweet person, they were punctual and the trip was wonderful. I highly recommend it!

My experience was great. Alex our driver was very polite and friendly.