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Rhythm of Brazil: Colonial Roots & World Heritage

9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey

Salvador, Ouro Preto, Tiradentes & Paraty

Begin your journey with an exploration of the colonial jewel of Salvador, home to lively Afro-Brazilian culture, colorful markets and effervescent music and dance. Wander around the UNESCO World Heritage city of Ouro Preto with its grand mansions and lovely architecture. Go underground to discover the legendary Passagem gold mine. And in Paraty, take a hike through the lush forest and sample some of the local libations at a cachaca distillery.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Salvador

    Upon arrival in the vibrant colonial city of Salvador, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.

    Elite: Convento do Carmo
    Preferred: Aram Yami Hotel - 2 Nights
  • Day 2

    Walk through the cobblestone streets of the Pelourinho district, the city's old town, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover Sao Francisco church, the municipal square and the baroque cathedral - and search for colorful treasures at the Mercado Modelo. Savor a traditional Bahian lunch featuring freshly caught fish or other local delicacies. This afternoon, visit the fascinating Afro-Brazilian Museum, which traces the influence of African culture on traditional and modern-day Brazil.

    Elite: Convento do Carmo
    Preferred: Aram Yami Hotel
    (B, L)
  • Day 3
    To Belo Horizonte / Ouro Preto

    After breakfast, fly to Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state and Brazil's first planned city. Upon arrival, drive to the colonial gem of Ouro Preto, made famous by the frenetic Brazilian gold rush and its proximity to the mines. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once a center for the Brazilian independence movement. Check in to your historic hotel, which is housed in an opulent 19th-century mansion.

    Elite: Hotel Solar do Rosario
    Preferred: Hotel Pousada do Arcanjo - 3 Nights
  • Day 4
    Ouro Preto

    Immerse yourself in the splendor of Ouro Preto, including the lavish architecture of the Church of Our Lady of Pilar, the beautiful San Francisco de Assisi church and the Opera House. Visit the Museum of Mines and delve into the history of the country in the Museum of Betrayal, which is housed in an atmospheric old prison.

    The afternoon is at leisure to do some more exploring on your own.

    Elite: Hotel Solar do Rosario
    Preferred: Hotel Pousada do Arcanjo
    (B, L)
  • Day 5
    Ouro Preto

    Embark on a scenic drive to the charming town of Mariana; upon arrival, take a guided walk down its picturesque streets. Then go underground on an unforgettable exploration of the Passagem gold mine, including a visit to a subterranean lake and a lesson in panning for gold.

    Afternoon is at leisure.

    Elite: Hotel Solar do Rosario
    Preferred: Hotel Pousada do Arcanjo
    (B, L)
  • Day 6
    To Tiradentes

    Depart for a full-day excursion that begins in Congonhas do Campo where you can admire famed sculptor Aleijadinho’s fantastic Stations of the Cross. Continue to the gold rush city of São João Del Rey.

    Elite: Pousada Boutique Oratorio
    Preferred: Solar Da Ponte - 1 Night
    (B, L)
  • Day 7
    To Paraty

    Explore the churches, museums and landmarks of the village of Tiradentes. Enjoy a delightful concert of baroque music before eating lunch at one of the town’s most popular restaurants. This afternoon, fly to Rio and then drive to the colonial town of Paraty, founded in the 17th century as a hub for transporting gold from the nearby mines

    Elite: Casa Turquesa
    Preferred: Pousada Do Ouro - 2 Nights
    (B, L)
  • Day 8

    Hike through the forest to arrive at a glittering waterfall and take a dip in a refreshing pool. Learn about the history of the gold trade, and then take a tour of a local distillery of cachaca, the national Brazilian liquor made from sugarcane. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before returning to the city for an afternoon walking tour.

    Elite: Casa Turquesa
    Preferred: Pousada Do Ouro
    (B, L)
  • Day 9
    Depart Rio de Janeiro

    Bid farewell to the historic heart of Brazil as you leave Paraty and are escorted to the Rio airport to connect with your onward flight.

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