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Brazil | Recife, Porto de Galinhas, Sao Miguel dos Milagres, Maceio, Penedo, Aracaju, Imbassai, Salvador
Road Trip from Recife to Salvador 10 Days of Culture, Nature, and Beaches

Travel Number: 67363

Road Trip from Recife to Salvador 10 Days of Culture, Nature, and Beaches Brazil | Recife, Porto de Galinhas, Sao Miguel dos Milagres, Maceio, Penedo, Aracaju, Imbassai, Salvador

On this self drive tour through the Northeast of Brazil you will explore the unique coastal section from Recife to Salvador. Bask by picturesque beaches, crystal clear waters, panoramic landscapes, and colonial flair and discover the diverse surroundings and the unique Brazilian way of life on your own.



  • Stroll through famous historic alleys
  • Splash in warm sea water
  • Drive freely from beach to beach
  • Enjoy local culinary delights
  • Snorkel between coral reefs


Day 1: Arrival to Recife

Included: Rental Car

Recife to Porto de Galinhas: 30 miles (50 km)

At the airport in Recife, you will pick up your car at the car rental station and your journey along the multifaceted Northeastern coast of Brazil will begin. Your first destination is Porto de Galinhas, one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in Brazil. Relax in the quietly situated Pousada Tabajuba, explore the surroundings with a walk on the beach, and enjoy your first impressions of the picturesque seaside resort.

Overnight: Pousada Tabajuba, Standard room with veranda

Day 2: Beach Time in Porto de Galinhas

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

Today is at your disposal. Explore the underwater paradise of Porto de Galinhas with a snorkeling trip over coral reefs. Adventure junkies can go on a buggy tour, and animal lovers will not be disappointed as there is a nature reserve with a colony of seahorses in the surrounding area. Close out the evening, for example, with a typical dinner in one of the restaurants in Porto de Galinhas.

Overnight: Pousada Tabajuba, Standard room with veranda

Day 3: Onward Journey to the South

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

Porto de Galinhas to Sao Miguel dos Milagres: 95 miles (150 km)

Today the journey continues through the rainforest to Sao Miguel dos Milagres, a magical place that fascinates its visitors not only with crystal clear, turquoise waters, but also with wide, unspoiled beaches. On the way you will pass interesting beaches. At about the halfway point, you should leave Maragogi via Japaratinga and continue along the coast to take the ferry to Porto das Pedras, thus avoiding unnecessary detours through the hinterland. After arriving to Hotel Anga in Sao Miguel dos Milagres you will have time to relax. On the beach directly in front of the hotel there are hardly any waves, which is perfect for families.

Overnight: Hotel Anga, Superior room

Day 4: Leisure Time in Sao Miguel dos Milagres

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

The idyllic surroundings invite you to relax after breakfast. Whether in a hammock, on the beach, or snorkeling in the crystal clear water, there are many ways to relax in Sao Miguel dos Milagres. If you would like to learn more about the local fauna, you can visit the local information center about manatees. If you are interested, your accommodation will also explain how to get to a very special beach, Praia do Morro. In Porto das Pedras, the Rota Ecológica begins up to the mouth of the Rio Camaragibe with many beautiful and quiet beaches such as Praia do Patacho or Praia da Laje. In this region, hardly any construction has been done so you are guaranteed to have a really beautiful nature experience.

Overnight: Hotel Anga, Superior room

Day 5: Maceio and Surroundings

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

Sao Miguel dos Milagres to Maceio: 60 miles (95 km)

After a quiet morning, you will have time to enjoy the beach again or you can set off for the next stage of your journey. The route to Maceio takes you along the coast with turquoise waters, paradise-like bays, palm tree beaches, and small beach places.

Overnight: Hotel Ponta Verde, Ocean view room

Day 6: Along the Coast from Maceio to Penedo

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

Maceio to Penedo: 95 miles (150 km)

After breakfast you will leave Maceio and head towards Penedo, a colonial city still not very well known, where there is a lot to discover. Explore the surroundings or enjoy colonial flair in the city center.

Overnight: Hotel Sao Francisco, Deluxe room

Day 7: The Coast of Aracaju

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

Penedo to Aracaju: 80 miles (130 km)

During this trip you will have a wonderful panoramic view of wide sand dunes, turquoise lagoons, endless coconut palm forests, and idyllic marshlands, all against the background of the ever present Atlantic Ocean. On the way to Aracaju, a once strategically important colonial city, you will experience the real and untouched Brazil up close.

Overnight: Celi Hotel Aracaju, Premium room with ocean view

Day 8: Onward Journey to Imbassai

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

Aracaju to Imbassai: 140 miles (220 km)

After breakfast the route continues to Imbassai. This village offers beautiful sandy beaches and one of the richest nature areas in Brazil. You can perfectly combine relaxing on the beach with unforgettable nature impressions. Take in the surroundings and explore the picturesque beaches of Imbassai. In the evening you can relax at the Pousada Capitu, located directly on the beach.

Overnight: Pousada Capitu, Chale deluxe suite ocean

Day 9: Relaxing Under Palm Trees in Imbassai

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

Arrange the day freely according to your wishes. Sports enthusiasts are in the right place in Imbassai. In addition to the numerous capoeira, surfing, and scuba diving offers, there are also golf courses and tennis courts in the area. The true Brazilian thing to do would be to play soccer in the sand barefoot. Imbassai also has a lot to offer for animal lovers. On a canoe trip along the banks of the Imbassai River in the national parks of the surrounding area you can see rare bird species and enjoy the diverse flora and fauna. You could end the day with a horseback ride on the beach, for example.

Overnight: Pousada Capitu, Chale deluxe suite ocean

Day 10: Departure

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

Imbassai to Salvador: 45 miles (70 km)

Today you will leave Imbassai and drive to Salvador. After dropping off your rental car at the airport in Salvador, you will be on your way home or continue your journey. We are already looking forward to seeing you again!

Optionally, you can extend the tour for another day to discover Salvador. This colonial city enchants all with its cultural diversity, especially its strong African influence. In the cultural and tourist center of Salvador, the artists' quarter Pelourinho invites you to take a tour. In the cafes along the colorful rows of houses you can reflect on the highlights of your trip.


  • 2 nights at Pousada Tabajuba, Standard room with veranda
  • 2 nights at Hotel Anga, Superior room
  • 1 night at Hotel Ponta Verde, Ocean view room
  • 1 night at Hotel Sao Francisco, Deluxe superior room
  • 1 night at Celi Hotel Aracaju, Premium room with ocean view
  • 2 nights at Pousada Capitu, Chale deluxe suite ocean
  • 9 breakfasts
  • Rental car for 9x 24h from Recife to Salvador in the selected car category (unlimited mileage)
  • Rental car information sheet
  • One-way fees
  • Collision damage waiver and loss damage waiver (“risk coverage for the car”), and third-party liability cover (“risk coverage for third parties”)

Not included are airfare, fuel, optional additional coverage, additional driver, entrance fees, beverages, meals not indicated in the itinerary, tips, and personal expenses.


  • Information on distances and travel times are approximate.
  • All tours can be customized, shortened, or extended depending on your interests.
  • In case of very early departures or late arrivals, meals may be omitted.
  • The renter must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid driver's license issued no less than 2 years before the date of rental.

Here you will find further information and details about car rental categories and insurance.

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