A Catamaran Cruise Through Recife - the Venice of Brazil
- Catamaran cruise: Set sail along the Capibaribe River and enjoy panoramic views of this historic and beautiful city.
- Shopping in prison: Before it became a shopping center, the Casa da Cultura (House of Culture) was a colonial-era prison. Old cells have been transformed into craft shops, bookstores, and cafes. The patio even serves as a concert hall.
About this Recife tour
With all of its gleaming skyscrapers and white sand beaches, it's easy to forget (or even realize) that Recife is a city of islands – three islands, to be exact. Between these islands are rivers and canals, which earned Recife the nickname the Brazilian Venice.
Recife is home to a vibrant culture that plays on both modern times and its Afro-Brazilian roots. It's a big city, yes, and with that comes world-class restaurants, fashionable entertainment, and a thriving population. But it's also a city from humble beginnings. As a collection of fishing shacks and warehouses, it's a place that saw battles between the Portuguese and Dutch, both wanting control of the sugar plantations, which brought wealth to the area – something to remember as you sail through this contrasting cityscape of glass high-rises along the river's banks.
In the mid-19th century, a prison was built in the shape of a cross – not for any religious reason, mind you, but because it was easier to monitor the wings of cells from the center of the cross. But in 1973, the prisoners were shipped out, and the House of Detention became the House of Culture. Today, Casa da Cultura is a shopping center where you can buy crafts, jewelry, and clothing made locally. Some of the prices are even a steal.
No gondolas here
At the confluence of the Beberibe and Capibaribe rivers sits Recife – a city of islands connected by a network of some 50 bridges. With a multitude of canals, rivers, and tiny one-way streets, its no wonder Recife is often called the Venice of Brazil. But unlike Venice, Italy, there are no gondolas here. Although, it is evident that this state capital has been heavily influenced by the Europeans – just not the Italians.
Please proceed pier side to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Bring a beach bag with lots of sun protection. Use it as a shopping bag for any souvenir purchases. Don't forget to bring local currency.
Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, or steep terrain. Transportation is not wheelchair accessible.
Boat Tour, Shopping, Cultural
Catamaran, Mini Coach or Bus
English, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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