Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|3 October - 12 October 2019||On Sale|
Cycle in tropical Brazil raising funds for a charity of your choice.
Five days of cycling will take you through varied terrain in the state of Bahia with the turquoise Atlantic Ocean lapping at its shores. We will cycle through undulating jungle and along beautiful beaches, seeing historic monuments, waterfalls, local farms and breath-taking marine bays. This amazing Brazilian adventure ends in Salvador, where you can take your pick of shops, restaurants and golden beaches to relax and reflect on a successfully completed challenge.
After catching a flight from London to Salvador on the North-East coast of Brazil, we transfer to our hotel in the city and rest for the night. As the first capital of Brazil and one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas, Salvador is a vibrant maze of colourful, Portuguese architecture with a beautiful, sandy beach. After breakfast the next day, we take a boat trip across Bahia de Todos os Santos, the largest bay in Brazil, to Itaparica Island. Here, we have our bike fitting and briefing in the late afternoon, before resting overnight and preparing for the challenge ahead.
Today marks the start of our challenge, as we cycle across the island of Itaparica. With white sand beaches, countless palm trees and roads through jungle-type vegetation, Itaparica is pretty much the definition of paradise. We leave the island via a beautiful bridge, which takes us to the mainland and pass through a small town called Costa do Dendê, before reaching our overnight hotel in the bustling municipality of Nazaré. On our way, we have a chance to see Bahia’s magnificent statue of Jesus Christ.
Today, we get an insight into rural life in Bahia as we cycle through undulating, agricultural land and pass numerous farms, rivers and statues of Jesus. There are sections of dirt tracks and asphalt roads and later in the day, we make our way towards the Atlantic Ocean coastline, where we stay overnight in the city of Valença.
Our route today undulates across rivers, alongside mangroves and through a few small towns, where we see more of the life-style in Bahia. We take a short break by Pancada Grande, a beautiful, cascading waterfall, surrounded by jungle. Tonight, we rest in a hotel in the historic city of Camamu.
After breakfast at the hotel, we take a boat trip across the beautiful Camamu Bay to the quiet and charming village of Barra Grande. From here, we continue our journey by bike along a dirt road to Itacaré and are rewarded with stunning views of palm-fringed beaches that line the Atlantic coast. We also pass through the small fishing town of Marau, full of stone-paved roads and old houses, before taking a boat across the river, Rio de Contas.
Today, we ride a circular route and end back at Itacaré to enjoy its idyllic beaches, shops and restaurants. Along the way, we stop to have lunch and a stroll around a lush, Brazilian Cacao farm. We cross the Rio de Contas river twice today, once by boat and once by bridge, seeing farms and local settlements as we go, a feast for the eyes and senses.
After breakfast, we transfer back to Salvador, stopping en route for lunch, before arriving at our hotel in the late afternoon. Once checked in, this evening is free for you to relax or explore at your leisure, dinner is not provided this evening.
Today is a day free to explore at your leisure, a well-deserved treat, relax or enjoy sightseeing and make the most of the local culture and cuisine. Why not visit the city’s magnificent cathedral, wander around Salvador’s four parks or amble back to the beach to breathe in some of that cleansing sea air. We meet back at the hotel in the evening and head to the airport for our overnight flights to the UK.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum amount.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the balance
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once the event is fully booked, we'll send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about this challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
A cycle helmet is essential and must be worn at all times. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system. Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We will supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go. Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and it is suggested that you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.
We will in stay in a mixture of tourist class hotels, lodges and guest houses in shared rooms throughout.
No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. You will need a bag to go on your bike or a waist bag for things like your camera, sun cream, tissues etc. Any extra items you may need during the day can be carried on the support vehicle, which you will have access to at the snack stops and lunch.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance). If you contact us in the office we would be happy to recommend some ideas for pre or post trips and can arrange additional nights if need.
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, personal travel insurance, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in Brazil. British nationals don't need a visa to enter Brazil. You can stay as a visitor for up to three months.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.