Catamaran and Casa Da Cultura
Duration: 3 hours
Tour Code: REC-003
Sail a catamaran along the wide Capibaribe River through downtown Recife and then enjoy some free time shopping in a mall that was formerly a prison.
Departing from the pier, it’s a short transfer to a nearby dock and your awaiting catamaran. The double-hulled vessel offers a unique and wonderful way to view Recife, as the city was founded on three islands separated by various waterways. Cruising through the arteries of the Capibaribe River, you will soon understand why Recife is known as “Brazil’s Venice.”
Nearly 40 bridges connect the islands, whose architecture ranges from soaring skyscrapers to lovely colonial mansions. The exact sights on the cruise will depend on the route that the captain choses, but you can expect to see a vast contrast in the buildings and bridges. Some may be Dutch influenced, others will be sleek and modern, and still others will reflect different historical periods. The Capibaribe River is named for the capybara, the world’s largest rodent, which inhabited the shoreline centuries ago.
After your nearly ninety minute scenic cruise, you will disembark the catamaran and drive to Casa da Cultura, a 19th-century prison that was transformed into a shopping mall in the 1970s. Most of the merchandise is handicrafts, traditional in nature and wonderfully diverse. The offerings include wooden sculptures, leather goods, lace and ceramics. If you can’t imagine the mall once being a prison, seek out the rather grim cell that has been left intact, perhaps as a message to thwart shoplifting. After approximately forty minutes of free time, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion during free time at Casa da Cultura. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their person level of stamina and ability. Guests must be able to enter and exit the catamaran with limited assistance. The catamaran has no covered areas. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.