This Journey to Brazil consists of two five-night homestays with local clubs, separated by a two-night excursion to Iguassu Falls, a not-to-be-missed natural spectacle. Your hosts in Ribeirão Preto will teach you about everything from industry, to education, to healthcare, and art in their home city. Then FF Salvador will dip you into the cultural "melting pot" of the city with its individual Bahia culture, lifestyle, foods, and dances!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Ribeirão Preto and Salvador.

Live With a Local

  • The Journey begins with a five-night homestay in Ribeirão Preto Portuguese for “Black Stream.” This is one of the most important cities in São Paulo state, with about 600,000 inhabitants, health center, several universities, hospitals, and clinics
  • There will be a five-night homestay with the Salvador Bahia Club. Known as the "melting pot" of Brazil, we will learn about the city's "Bahian" culture, history of the Portuguese settlers, and the African slave trade (which was banned in 1835)
  • Enjoy a folklore dinner show that covers not only traditional dances from Brazil, but several other Latin American countries

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Iguassu Falls, consisting of 275 separate falls in a U-shaped formation
  • City tour of São Paulo including the Bosque Municipal and Japanese Gardens
  • Portinari Museum
  • Thermas dos Laranjais - Olimpia/São Martinho Sugar Mill
  • Jorge Amado museum and a craft market
  • Fisherman village of Praia do Forte and TAMAR sea turtle rescue center
  • Visit to Cachoeira, an important town in Brazil's battle for independence
  • UNESCO colonial neighborhood of Pelourinho, with the Afro Museum and St. Francis Church
You are going to love Salvador! It's an extremely unique city in Brazil, whose cultures (Portuguese/African/Indigenous) have blended to create the Bahian culture with its different forms of dance, music, food and religion. The people in the club are super and put on a fantastic homestay! - Previous Journey Coordinator

Ribeirão Preto and Salvador, Brazil

13 Days / 12 Nights Program and Itinerary:

June 26, 2019 – July 8, 2019
Coordinator: Jim Steggall, FF Cedar Rapids-Iowa City

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

June 26, 2019

Arrival and welcome reception

June 27, 2019

City tour: Seven Chapels Sanctuary

Walk around downtown area – including the traditional City Market

Visit to Bosque Municipal (grove and mini-zoo) and Japanese Garden

Visit to USP (University of São Paulo), which is located in a former coffee farm

June 28, 2019

Depart to Brodowsky, a small town 15 km away

Visit to Portinari Museum, where one of the most famous Brazilian painters, Cândido Portinari, lived in his childhood

Visit to the city of Altinopolis

At Sao João da Mata Farm Hotel, we will have a typical countryside lunch

After lunch, we will visit the areas of the centenary coffee farm

Hammocks and swimming pool available

Free night with hosts

June 29, 2019

Trip to the water park, Thermas dos Laranjais – Olimpia, one of the most visited thermal water parks in Brazil, with lunch at ambassador’s expense


Visit to São Martinho Sugar Mill, one of the largest ethanol and sugar producers in the world, lunch included

June 30, 2019

Free day with hosts

Farewell party

July 1, 2019

Departure from Ribeirão Preto to Iguassu Falls for a two-night hotel stay near Iguassu National Park

July 2, 2019

Iguassu Falls tour

Visit the beautiful Parque das Aves, the largest bird park in Latin America

Enjoy a folklore dinner show that covers not only traditional dances from Brazil, but several other Latin American countries

We will also be treated to a delicious barbecue dinner during the show, with a great variety of meat and sides

July 3, 2019

Arrive in Salvador, where each host will meet their individual ambassador at airport

Welcome reception at the Spanish Club

July 4, 2019

Day of “Golden Cuisine” to explore the foods brought from Africa with lunch at Senac Restaurant/Culinary School with over 70 Bahian dishes and dessert

Visit to the Jorge Amado museum and a craft market

Dinner with hosts

July 5, 2019

Fisherman village of Praia do Forte

TAMAR sea turtle rescue center

Dinner with hosts

July 6, 2019

Visit to Cachoeira, an important town in Brazil’s battle for independence from Portugal

See colonial churches, and a cigar factory

Round Samba experience

July 7, 2019

UNESCO colonial neighborhood of Pelourinho

Afro Museum

St. Francis Church

Farewell dinner

July 8, 2019

Ambassadors depart


$995 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host club program fees, and two-night Iguassu Falls excursion.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 15132.
  • It is actually the winter season in Brazil, with average daily temperatures are below 80°F (27°C).
  • Ambassadors should anticipate a moderate level of activity including walking, climbing stairs, and standing.
  • A Visa is required.
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