As part of the New World, Brazil is often seen as a young country. But the history of Brazil goes back a long, long time before its "discovery" in 1500. The many important geological events of the South American continent have shaped Brazil's breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems. Ancient cultures have left their traces on Brazil's coast, in the interior and in the Amazon. Research into Brazil's prehistoric past is still limited, but what is being discovered offers some tantalizing glimpses into a lost world.
DAY 01 ARRIVAL IN NATAL
Meet and greet at the airport and arrival transfer to your hotel. Your room will be ready by noontime, if you prefer we can also arrange you an early check-in (at a surcharge) and you will have your room ready upon arrival, so you can freshen up and rest before exploring Natal. Overnight.
DAY 02 NATAL - INGA - CARIRI
Departure from Natal at 07:00am to Ingá, in the state of Paraíba, to visit the largest and most awesome Brazilian archeological monument. It is a huge monolith, with beautiful prehistoric petroglyphs, carved by skillful hands thousands of years ago. Picnic at the site and continuation to a traditional region known as Cariri. At Sítio do Bravo you will visit granite hills decorated with small lakes and large boulders. Prehistoric man and huge mammals - such as mastodons and saber-toothed tigers - inhabited the area, leaving enigmatic relics of their passage, such as rock art, flint tools and fossilized bones. You will then proceed to the Hotel Fazenda Pai Mateus to relax in the swimming pool or firewood sauna. Cariri style food will be served at dinner. Admiring the sky allows guests to experience the starry Sertão night (Sertão is the Brazilian equivalent of the Australian Outback). Overnight at the Ranch.
DAY 03 CARIRI
After breakfast you will take a pleasant short walk to Saca de Lã site. This unique rock formation resembles an enormous pile of wool packs. Nature or human made structure? We invite you to uncover this secret. After that you will visit Cabaceiras - a typical Sertão village. Stroll through the streets, meet local hospitable people. This is also an opportunity to buy interesting handcraft goods made from goat leather. Return to the Ranch for lunch. After a short rest you will visit a fantastic rocky landscape, where 70 huge boulders are found scattered throughout an area once inhabited by early tribes and an eighteenth century shaman, called Pai Mateus. The mystical landscape brings different thoughts and emotions to everyone while you experience a spectacular sunset. Return to the Ranch for dinner and overnight.
DAY 04 CARIRI - AREIA - NATAL
After breakfast you will departure to Areia, a small colonial town where houses from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been preserved. There you will visit a small ancient beautiful theater, built with European cedar wood and a sugar mill from the slavery times. Lunch at a restaurant in Areia and departure to Natal. On route you will stop at a small town called Passa e Fica, located on the border of Rio Grande do Norte and Paraiba States. From the road, you will admire Pedra da Boca - a granite hill with a huge prehistoric shelter that resembles a human mouth. Arrival in Natal around 07:00pm. Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 05 Depart Natal
Check-out at noon. Transfer to the airport in Natal. Homebound flight or proceed to your next destination.
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The prices are not valid for special events and holidays, Christmas, New Year, Carnival, Winners parade.
Carnival 2011: From Mar.04th to Mar.09th
Winners parade 2011 (only Rio): From Mar.11th to Mar.13th