Brazilian Coast, Capitals & Chapadas

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This route takes us from pulsating Salvador to the iconic Rio de Janeiro on a tour of the beaches, colonial towns and national parks of eastern Brazil. We tour the gold mines of the colonial, historic town of Ouro Preto, and contrast this with Brazil's futuristic capital city, Brasilia, home to some weird and wonderful modernist architecture. We take in two of Brazil's national parks on this trip: Chapada da Diamantina and Chapada dos Veadeiros, both absolute must-sees for nature lovers, with plenty of opportunities for trekking, horse-riding, kayaking, and exploring cave systems. An unusual place to explore is the latter's Vale da Lua, or Valley of the Moon, with its bizarre, lunar-like rock formations. We also have time to relax in the beautiful and eco-friendly beach town of Itacaré, and to bush camp in the stunning Brazilian countryside.

  • Discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro
  • Head underground into the gold mines of Ouro Preto
  • Guided tour of the futuristic city of Brasilia
  • Wander the streets of fascinating Lencois
  • 2 full days to explore the beautiful Chapada Diamantina National Park
  • Relax in a café or take some surfing lessons in the eco coastal resort of Itacare
  • Explore and dance the night away in Salvador
  • Hike in the stunning Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep
  • Brazil
  • South America
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Overland
  • Trekking
  • Discovery
  • History
  • Local Living
  • Cultural
  • Wildlife
  • Camping
  • Eco
  • Food & Culinary
  • Foodie
  • GAP Year
  • Walking
  • Historical
  • Horse Riding
  • Active
  • Kayak & Canoe
  • Local Guide
  • Nightlife
  • Overland truck
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
Day 1

Welcome to Salvador! Today there is an important group meeting at 18:00hrs please meet at the Hotel reception.  The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Salvador.

Border information: If you are joining your trip in Salvador, enter Brazil at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA: SSA)

We stay just by the old centre of Pelourinho in a lovely hotel.

Day 2

Explore the energetic and vibrant city of Salvador, known around the world for its Carnival festivities. Salvador is home to over 300 churches, the historic centre is recognised by UNESCO and full of interesting architecture, brightly coloured buildings and cobblestone streets. It's an excellent place to witness the African culture in music and dance and enjoy some delicious street food.

Day 3

We head south the beautiful beach town of Itacare, with its stunning Atlantic rainforest, laid back eco-friendly cafes and bars, and the opportunity to surf, relax and explore. This is our last view of the ocean before we head inland for the National Parks!

Approximate Driving Time - 7hours / 250km

Tonight we will camp in a Campsite with facilities

Day 4

Today we have a free day to explore the area, enjoy the beach, take part in some of the many adventure activities available here, or visit the stunning Peninsula de Marau, stopping off at Praia Taipus de Fora and Lagoa Azul.

We will camp this evening at a campsite with facilities.

Day 5

Today we head to the fantastic town of Lencois, the gateway to Chapada da Diamantina National Park. We camp in Lencois giving you the opportunity to enjoy a variety of treks into the stunning scenery of the national park.

Approximate Driving Time - 9hrs / 515km

Day 6

We have two full days to enjoy the Chapada Diamantina National Park; this is a real adventurer’s paradise.  It's possible to go hiking, stopping along the way for a dip in the river by waterfalls and rapids, go horse riding, kayaking or maybe mountain biking. There are even cave systems to explore. The Chapada is full of towering rock formations and vast plains, making it perfect for landscape photography.

We will spend the night in a camp site with facilities.

Day 8

Over the next two days we will travel overland across the central Brazilian countryside, towards the town of Alto Paraiso and the stunning Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, bush camping en route. 

On Day 8 we will aim to travel approximately 500km / 9hrs and find a nice bush camp along the way.

On Day 9 we will aim to travel 400km / 8hrs, we stay in an eco-tourism campsite in the laid back town of Alto Paraiso.

Day 10

We have two full days to explore the National Park. The Chapada dos Veadeiros is one of Brazil's hidden gems, one of the oldest and most beautiful tropical ecosystems in South America and home to incredible waterfalls, rock formations, caves and grottoes.  

This morning we will have an included visit to the Vale da Lua or the Valley of the Moon, so called due to the rock formations giving it an appearance similar to the moon.

This area is perfect for hiking, horse and bike riding and of course swimming in natural pools and soaking up the parks atmosphere. It is said that due to the high amount of quartz in the ground, that this Chapada is glows from space!

We will camp in a well equipped camp site.

Day 12

Today we arrive in the futuristic capital of Brasilia. We will enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city, which was designed and built to be the Brazilian Government's headquarters in 1960.  The city is designed to resemble a plane, and is a UNESCO heritage site, housing some incredible, futuristic style Cathedrals and Monuments.

Approximate driving time – 150km / 3hrs

In Brasilia we will camp at a campsite with facilities

Day 13

We have a full day drive through the Brazilian countryside. We will find a nice spot and camp for the night near Tres Marias.

Approximate driving Time - 550km / 10hours

Day 14

Today is a full day drive to the beautiful old colonial mining town of Ouro Preto where we will stay at a local Guesthouse. Ouro Preto is considered Brazil’s most important historic site.

Approximate Driving Time - 400km / 8hrs

In Ouro Preto we will stay in a local hostel

Day 15

Today we will have a half day guided tour of Ouro Preto, well known for its colonial architecture and the first Brazilian town to be considered a UNESCO world heritage site.  In the afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the town, visit the museum or some of the stunning baroque churches.  There are some fantastic cafes and restaurants in Ouro Preto. Don't forget your camera today, Ouro Preto one of the most picturesque towns on our itinerary!

Day 16

Today we drive to the vibrant city of Rio de Janiero, a highlight of any trip to Brazil!

Along the way we will stop at Petropolis, the cool hill-side hideaway for local Cariocas escaping the heat of Rio. We will have 2 hours to explore the Museu Imperial, the former Imperial Museum, wander the town or visit the Palacio de Cristal, the site where the last slaves of Petropolis were released.

Drive Day: 450km, Drive Time: 7hrs (approx)

In Rio we stay in a comfortable hotel

Day 17

Today is the end day for our passengers finishing their trip in Rio de Janeiro.  Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your Sales Agent if you wish to book extra accommodation to fully enjoy Rio.

Border information: If you are leaving in Rio, exit Brazil at Rio Galeão International Airport International (IATA code: GIG) Airport.

Melissa H

It was my first trip with Dragoman and I had a really good time. I would definitely travel with Dragoman again. I enjoyed all the places we visited. There wasn't any town/place that wasn't worth seeing.

Antonio B

I absolutely loved the trip it was way better then I was expecting. Ouro preto and Salvador where my favourite cities but camping in the national parks was awesome

Jens J

Excellent possibility to visit places that would be extremely cumbersome and time-consuming to find and get to by other means

Kenneth M

I enjoy looking out the window observing landscapes, buildings, & People, Then taking advantage of sightseeing when off the truck.


Dates Price Single Availability
07-Nov-2021 for 16 Nights On Request View live deal View live deal
10-Jun-2022 for 16 Nights On Request View live deal View live deal

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Group Size:0 - 22
Suitable For: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 3 nights. Multishare Hostel 3 nights. Camping 7 nights. Basic Hotel 3 nights
Meals:Breakfasts x 9, Lunches x 8, Dinner x 7
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