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Seguro, Abrolhos and Caravelas
tour leaves Rio by car with overnight stops at
da Barra, Caravelas and finally Porto Seguro.
Round trip is about 2800 km with many points of interest to be visited:
Campos - where the first electrical energy plant was built and sugar
cane alcohol plants are producing sugar
and alcohol for cars, Vitoria (capital of Espirito Santo State);
sugar cane and cocoa
and marble export wholesalers ,
indian reservations, whales,
coral reefs, old portuguese colonial buildings with
used to protect the facades, and of
course a lot of contrasts typical
of this country. Interaction
with locals is always present and stimulated during the trip partially
done along dirt roads.
After visiting Campos, Piúma, and Guarapari - where you can
- a short visit to Vitoria: this
nice city between the ocean and hills is
an important port where most of the
coffee and iron is exported. After a short city
tour, we cross the new bridge with a fantastic view over Vitoria
and drive uphill to the Penha Convent.
Penha Convent - Vila Velha
Because it was built on the top of a 154 m high granite hill,
you will have a panoramic view of the whole area, including
Vitoria, Vila Velha, the mountains where Santa Tereza,
with the biggest Hummingbird
sanctuary is located, the Tubarão
Port, the Praia da Costa and the new bridge contrasting
with Nature in between the green Rain Forest.
Mateus and Conceição
along the BR-101 highway we reach São Mateus.
The old port besides the Cricaré River
was the most important of the region, exporting
sugar, manioc flour and later coffee and wood at that time
using slave labour. The ruins of the old
Church (1596) and the dunes
of Itaúnas should also be visited.
small town is the departure point for whale-watching
tours to Abrolhos
and to the coral reefs, a Marine National
Park actually. Caravelas still has
many old houses with
brought from Macau and is the base of the Jubarte Whale
beach is the Point for weekends. During the
whole year many folkloric parties takes place. Near Prado the refreshing
waterfall will refresh our energy.
worldwide as a tourist spot, this nice town offers an intensive
night life at the "Passarela
do Álcool" with plenty of
sea food and the famous "capeta"
drink, with guaraná powder. Other attractions
are the coral reefs, Cidade
Alta, Trancoso, and the recently opened indian
reservation "Pataxó da Jaqueira" highly recommended
to be visited.
This village lies on a platform
about 50 m above sea level with an exotic view
over the beaches and the ocean. The old colonial coloured houses
and the church form the "Quadrado", the central area of
the village. For adventurers it is recommended that
you visit Caraiva, along a complicated
and sometimes floodded areas to be crossed
This recently opened Indian
Reservation is the best option for those
who would like to have a close contact with the
Pataxós Indians still left and living almost
the same way as in the 1500's. A two hour walk
along a trail will show how they hunt
animals to survive, their constructions,
experience a folkloric
dance performance after praying
and maybe even
have lunch with them.
Center - Cidade Alta
is where Porto Seguro (safe port) began as the first settlement
in Brazil. Many of the colonial buildings are well preserved,
some ruins are still there conveniently fenced
as the Jesuit
College. The marble Land
Property Marker brought by Gonçalo
Coelho in 1503, now encased in glass, is one of the
most important historical relics in the Brazil.
Pedro Novak - Private Tours - Rio de Janeiro