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Recife Boat Tour with Transfers

1. 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.

Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand

2. 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.

Colonial Igarassu & Island City of Itamaracá Full-Day Tour

3. Colonial Igarassu & Island City of Itamaracá Full-Day Tour

Discover a more authentic side to Brazil along paths less traveled. The 8-hour sightseeing tour from Recife visits the colonial town of Igarassu and the island city of Itamaracá in the state of Pernambuco. Tours are available either as a group tour in Spanish and Portuguese or as a private tour in English. Following a pick-up from your hotel in the Recife area, journey 30 minutes north to the beautiful colonial town of Igarassu, one of the first towns ever settled by Europeans in Brazil. Next, explore the island city of Itamaracá, a tropical jewel of white sand beaches, palm trees, and mangles, just off the coast of Igarassu. Enjoy optional water activities at one of Brazil's favorite water sport destinations (extra charges apply). Explore the Marine Manatee Center to learn about these extraordinary mammals, and go to the 17th-century Fort Orange, built by the Dutch. Afterward, sail by catamaran to the paradise of Coroa do Avião sandbar and observe countless migratory birds building their nests.

From Recife: Full-Day Shopping & Cachaça Tour

4. From Recife: Full-Day Shopping & Cachaça Tour

At 09:00, depart from your hotel to the center of Recife. Your exciting shopping day will start with a stop at the Casa da Cultura located in front of Capibaribe River. An old prison, each cell today holds a handcraft shop from all over the state. Afterwards, you will go to RioMar Shopping in front of Jordão River, the newest and best shopping mall in the city where you will be able to find good deals. Your third stop will be in Cachaçaria, where you will be able to buy and taste one of the best in the cachaça. Finally, your tour will go to Marco Zero Square and you will have some free time to shop handcrafts from the Artesanato shop that holds some of the best artists of the state. When your tour finishes, you will be taken back to your hotel at around 16:00.

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What people are saying about State of Pernambuco

Outstanding tour. We had the good fortune to be accompanied by Caio for our second tour in Recife. Once again he was professional, punctual, and very knowledgeable about the area. We enjoyed the historical sights and flavors of Olinda (thank you for the wonderful fresh coconut) after which we were able to enjoy a private time for Lunch before traveling to the magical Ricardo Brennand Institute. just to make sure we would never forget him and our trip to Olinda, Caio gifted us a delightful parting gift of Olinda. Thank you again for the great day and for the memories.

It is a good way to have an overview of Recife from the water. There are parts in which the water is a bit edited.