Highlights of Recife and Olinda
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: REC-001
Begin with a scenic drive across graceful bridges into the heart of Recife. First, visit the splendid Golden Chapel that is part of the Convent and Church of Saint Anthony. Its intricate Baroque design, covered in gold leaf, makes it one of the most beautiful and historic examples of religious art in Brazil. Next, pass the imposing Governor's Mansion and St. Isabel Theater. Continue past paste-colored stuccoed houses and meticulously restored churches which line the shady streets to your next destination, the 16th century colonial town of Olinda. At Carmo Square, you'll leave your motor coach and board a minivan to traverse the narrow winding streets of this historical city center. Olinda's main square, the Alto da Sé lies on the crest of the town's highest hill. A remarkably well-preserved colonial city, founded in 1534, UNESCO has declared Olinda a world historical monument. Once there, you'll leave the minivan for an exploration on foot of the Alto da Sé, the Sé Cathedral and the Misericordia Church. While walking, take a moment to peruse its colorful Portuguese tiles and woodcarvings, which are adorned with gold leaf. Back aboard your minivan, a short drive will take you to the Mercado da Ribeira,old market where the slaves were sold. Today it is home to a potpourri of artisan's shops. Here you will have breathtaking views of Olinda and ample photo opportunities.