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From Recife: Maragogi Beach Day Trip

1. From Recife: Maragogi Beach Day Trip

Your beach adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Recife and heads towards Maragogi, also known as the Brazilian Caribbean. Arrive at the resort town and feel immersed in the vibrant yet peaceful atmosphere of this coastal location. The first stop of the day is Burgalhau beach, where you can set up camp for the day at the local operator’s base point. From here you can make your plan of action for the day and decide what activities you want to do with the help of your friendly guides. There’s plenty to see and do in Maragogi and the day is yours to enjoy. Spend some time soaking up the sunshine on the stunning white sandy beaches, then cool off in the refreshing sea. Pickup a snorkel set and go in search of marine life in the crystal clear waters, or hop on board a boat for a sail around the shoreline. You can also opt to visit the Galés of Maragogi, a set of stunning natural pools just 6 km from the coast, or rent a buggy and head off for an exploration of your own. At the end of the afternoon, head back to the base point for the return trip to Recife.

From Recife: Porto de Galinhas Beach Day-Trip

2. From Recife: Porto de Galinhas Beach Day-Trip

Start with pickup from your hotel in Recife and depart to the beach of Porto de Galinhas. With its attractive landscape of coconut trees and clear blue sea, the beach is one of the most popular destinations of the Pernambuco region. While here, swim in natural pools with the company of colorful fish, enjoy some sunbathing on the sand, savor delicious delicacies of the sea, and make friends with people from all over the world in the charming village. The village is full of bars, restaurants, and shops where there is no shortage of souvenirs and handicrafts. The location owes much of his fame to the immense pool of reefs near the shore. In the calm wind and depending on the low tide, you can reach the coral banks for a swim with the colorful fish.

From Recife: Recife Old Town and Olinda City Tour

3. From Recife: Recife Old Town and Olinda City Tour

Explore Old Recife where the city has its origins. Begin at Armory Square, and take a pleasant walk through the neighborhood. Next, you can choose to visit one of 3 historical places. See the Paço do Frevo, featuring classes, multimedia and rotating exhibitions dedicated to local dance and frevo music. Explore the Pernambuco Embassy of the Giant Dolls, a cultural space dedicated to the Giant Dolls of carnival season. Visit the Cais do Sertão Museum that offers temporary exhibitions and permanent collections highlighting Northeastern Brazilian culture, with sensory experiences and innovative architecture. Afterwards, head to the Bom Jesus Street, where you will visit Kahal-Zur Israel Synagogue, the first American synagogue. Next, stop at the Pernambuco Handicraft Center, with its extensive variety of works of art produced by master artisans, and walk through streets of this charming neighborhood taking in its architecture and old buildings. Next discover the city of Olinda to the north of the city, surrounded by palm trees, tall coconut trees, the Atlantic Forest, and the ocean. Amidst uneven cobbled streets and hillsides adorned with countless colorful houses, visit secular churches such as the São Bento Monastery, whose high altar is an important example of Brazilian baroque. Stroll down the beautiful Rua do Amparo with its artisan workshops. Travel to Largo da Misericórdia and Alto da Sé, with their numerous viewpoints. You will have the opportunity to taste delicious tapioca with cheese and learn about the famous giant carnival dolls of Olinda, as well as the significant cultural heritage of the city.

Recife Boat Tour with Transfers

4. Recife Boat Tour with Transfers

Depart from Boa Viagem, Pina or Piedade at 15:00 and cruise the waters of the Capibaribe River in Recife, known as the "Brazilian Venice" for its many waterways. Sail to the islands of Santo Antonio, Recife Antigo and Boa Vista, passing under 5 bridges: Bridge September 12 (Ponte 12 de Setembro), Maurício de Nassau Bridge, Bridge Manuel Buarque de Macedo, Elizabeth Bridge and the Duarte Coelho Bridge. Enjoy views of the city sights as you sail, including the Francisco Brennand Sculpture Park and Marco Zero Square, where a small marker indicates the spot where the Portuguese founded Recife in 1537. Admire the colonial facades of buildings such as the Paço Alfândega (Customs Palace) and Ginásio Pernambucano (Pernambuco Gymnasium). Continue past the Legislative Assembly, the Teatro Santa Isabel and the decadent houses of Rua da Aurora. Hear stories about Recife as you cruise, and end in Marco Zero Square, where you can take souvenir photos and shop for handicrafts in the old town.

Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand

5. Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand

Depart Recife at approximately 11:00 and travel along the Boa Viagem-PIna coastal road to Olinda, passing Beberibe, the Capibaribe River and the zero kilometer mark of Marco Zero along the way. Upon arrival in Olinda, go to the square of Alto da Sé and visit 3 churches. Journey up to the viewpoint to take panoramic pictures of the historic city. Enjoy 45 minutes of free time to purchase souvenirs of local crafts, or relax with some food and drinks if you prefer. Next, descend the hill of the Igreja da Misericórdia (Church of Mercy), strolling the narrow streets lined with colorful houses. Arrive at the former slave market of the Mercado da Ribeira and see the giant dolls used in the Olinda Carnival. Continue to São Bento Church, and end at the Ricardo Brennand Museum, where you can learn about the colonization of Recife and Olinda by the Dutch army.

From Recife: Guided Day Trip to Praia dos Carneiros

6. From Recife: Guided Day Trip to Praia dos Carneiros

Your island adventure begins when you’re picked up from your hotel in Recife and transported in comfort to the stunning Carneiros Beach. Located in Tamandaré on the Pernambuco coast, these unique shores boast breathtaking scenery with an abundance of coconut trees, pure white sand, coral reefs, and natural salt water pools.   Once you’ve reached your destination, enjoy a structured day of activities or opt for just relaxing and soaking up the rejuvenating atmosphere at your leisure. Roam the vast 8 kilometers of coast free from any rush even at peak season. Explore the bucolic landscape and discover a distinctive white church dedicated to São Benedito.

Recife Airport: 1-Way and Round-Trip Shared Transfers

7. Recife Airport: 1-Way and Round-Trip Shared Transfers

Ensure that your arrival at the Recife Airport is worry-free with this pre-booked shared airport transfer. Indicate your destination when booking, and travel between Recife Airport and your hotel, choosing from 1-way and round-trip options. You’ll be met by the service provider’s Portuguese-speaking staff after you clear customs at the airport. Note that the transfer duration is from 1-2.5 hours, depending on your destination. Airport transfers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Every transfer is serviced by reliable, friendly staff. You must provide the following information when booking: • Airline name • Flight number • Departure city/Arrival city • Arrival time • Hotel name • Hotel address • Return hotel pick-up time

From Porto de Galinhas to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer

8. From Porto de Galinhas to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer

Meet your representative, who will be waiting for you at your hotel reception in Porto de Galinhas. Relax as your professional driver assists you with your luggage before helping you into your private vehicle. Settle into your seat, look through the maps and guides provided inside the car, and enjoy a comfortable ride straight to your hotel in São José da Coroa Grande, Ponta de Mangue or Maragogi. Experience a top-notch transfer by using this relaxing private service in a clean and modern vehicle with free wifi, water, local sweets, and maps. A knowledgeable local driver is eager to make your transfer between your destinations pleasant, enjoyable, and safe.

Recife: Airport to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer

9. Recife: Airport to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer

Meet your representative, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Relax as your professional driver assists you with your luggage before helping you into your private vehicle. Settle into your seat, look through the maps and guides provided inside the car, and enjoy a comfortable ride straight to your destination. Experience the best of Recife by taking this relaxing private service in a clean and modern vehicle with free Wi-Fi service. A knowledgeable local driver is eager to make your arrival in Recife pleasant, enjoyable, and safe.

Recife: Airport to Porto de Galinhas Transfer

10. Recife: Airport to Porto de Galinhas Transfer

Upon your arrival, a uniformed team will be waiting in front of your gate, and in less than 5 minutes you will be traveling on the way to your destination. You will travel via Express Way (a toll road), which is the fastest and safest route to Porto de Galinhas (45 minutes) without traffic. Your friendly driver/guide will also be more than happy to provide you with tips along the way. With new vehicles, up-to-date maintenance, and cars that are sanitized daily, you will be guaranteed comfort, punctuality and safety.

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I did 3 one day trips with Martur Viagens e Turismo GREAT tour company,, very reliable, on time and communicated well with me! My tour guide was so GREAT his name is *Baruque* He is so knowledgeable, excellent communication, very helpful and translation was brilliant, funny REALLY GREAT service to me.. I would very highly recommended Martur Viagens e Turismo and Baruque Great person and tour guide... Thank you very much !

I did 3 one day trips with Martur Viagens e Turismo GREAT tour company,, very reliable, on time and communicated well with me! My tour guide was so GREAT his name is *Baruque* He is so knowledgeable, excellent communication, very helpful and translation was brilliant, funny REALLY GREAT service to me.. I would very highly recommended Martur Viagens e Turismo and Baruque Great person and tour guide... Thank you very much !

I did 3 one day trips with Martur Viagens e Turismo GREAT tour company,, very reliable, on time and communicated well with me! My tour guide was so GREAT his name is *Baruque* He is so knowledgeable, excellent communication, very helpful and translation was brilliant, funny REALLY GREAT service to me.. I would very highly recommended Martur Viagens e Turismo and Baruque Great person and tour guide... Thank you very much !

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