Enjoy the friendly hospitality of FF Fortaleza in Brazil, whose members will take you on a tour of Fortaleza to see its unique qualities as a city colonized by Europeans, but with a strong indigenous influence, affecting the cuisine, culture, language, and the habits of its people. Following that homestay, members of FF São Luís hope to provide ambassadors the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Maranhão, São Luís, and Barreirinhas, with their stunning beaches, fascinating culture, delicious cuisine, and rich history.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Fortaleza and São Luís, Brazil.

Live With a Local

  • Attend Bumba Meu Boi, an interactive play deeply rooted in the culture of Brazil presenting a comedic Folklore story told through song and dance. The festival is a completely different experience with an extra dimension when watched with a local.
  • Tours are amazingly personal, allowing us to obtain a really thorough understanding of the cities.
  • Enjoy a beach day with your hosts where you will be able to relax, unwind, and get to know each other better in this beautiful natural setting.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a national park in Maranhão, with low, flat, occasionally flooded land, between large sand dunes
  • Beautiful beaches in Fortaleza, including Canoa Quebrada and Morro Branco
  • Cachaça Museum containing a vast collection of documents, pictures, bottles, barrels of spices, and maps pertaining to the distilled spirit
  • A couple boat tours up area rivers
The Fortaleza Club was very well organized. They have beautiful beaches. All the food was outstanding, especially the fish. - Ambassador from FF Greater Omaha

Global Art and Bumba Meu Boi Festival in Brazil

15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:

June 6, 2019 – June 20, 2019
Coordinator: Mary Jane DeVault, FF Greater Orlando
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

June 6, 2019

Arrive in Fortaleza

Club members will be at the airport to welcome ambassadors

June 7, 2019

City tour by bus, lunch and transportation included

June 8, 2019

Boat tour along the seacoast, with a stop for swimming

Lunch at Coco Bambu, included

June 9, 2019

Tour to Canoa Quebrada and Morro Branco beaches with overnight in Canoa Quebrada, transport and hotel, included

June 10, 2019

Afternoon return from Canoa Quebrada

June 11, 2019

Visit to the Cachaça Museum

June 12, 2019

Cumbuco beach, transportation and lunch included

June 13, 2019

Departure from Fortaleza to São Luis

Arrival in São Luís

Group will be welcomed at the airport by the hosts, who will take them to lunch in their homes

Evening welcome dinner, included

June 14, 2019

City tour on foot through historic center, market, Lions Palace, museums

Lunch with dessert in Senac’s Restaurant, included; drinks not included

June 15, 2019

Visit to the Piranhenga Sítio

Lunch at Hotel Luzeiros, includes feijoada, mocotó, salads, desserts, and one caipirinha per person – other drinks not included

Night folk attractions (Bumba Meu Boi, Cacuriá, Tambor de Crioula)

June 16, 2019

Departure to Barreirinhas

Lunch at the Gaucho Restaurant, included

Check in at the hotel

Walk to the dunes/lagoons (included)

Free night

June 17, 2019

Included boat ride by the river Preguiças

Visit to the lighthouse of Mandacaru

Lunch at Caburé, included

Return to the hotel

Free night

June 18, 2019

Visit to the local fair

Return to São Luís

Hosts and ambassadors will decide about lunch plans, included

Night folk attractions (Bumba Meu Boi, Cacuriá, Tambour de Crioula)

June 19, 2019

Beach day with hosts

Everyone will meet at Araçagy beach

Lunch at the Cabana do Sol Restaurant on the coast, included

Late afternoon sunset on the spigot

Evening farewell dinner with everything included

June 20, 2019

Return of the ambassadors to their destinations

Depending on the time, lunch with the hosts

Ambassadors will be taken to the airport by their hosts


$1300 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, domestic flight from Fortaleza to São Luís.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 15108.
  • The climate is warm, with average annual temperature of 26°C (79°F.)
  • In Fortaleza, the weather is always hot and most of times sunny.
  • Bring light clothes, sandals, and lots of sunscreen.
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