RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil’s capital from 1763 to 1960, is now
its second largest city and the most visited city in the
Southern Hemisphere. It’s easy to see why—ideally
located between the mountains and the sea, Rio is
blessed with a glorious shoreline and white-sand
beaches, numerous cultural attractions and a lively
nightlife. It also offers passionate soccer and Carnival,
the most famous street party worldwide. You will decide
that its nickname ”maravilhosa,” or “marvelous city”, is
an understatement once you experience Rio.
SALVADOR, BAHIA, was the first capital of colonial Brazil from 1549 until 1763, and one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. This vibrant city is culturally diverse, evidenced in its cuisine, religion, and arts, reflecting a blend of African and European influences. You will find capoeira here, a unique mix of dance and martial art of Afro-Brazilian origin, spirited festivals, and beaches of every type and beautifully restored Portuguese architecture. Salvador is a treasure not to be missed.