Walpax DMC Brazil
Originally opened in 1963, Walpax became a Destination Management Company in 1978. We are now one of Brazil's leading DMCs, with many years of experience and superb supplier relationships. We have a great team of people and we make sure that our proposals are innovative, creative and competitive. We place great value on our relationship with you, that's why we don't make you wait. Emails are answered asap and proposals are sent with great speed and efficiency. Service is with a smile at Walpax. We would be delighted to assist you.
Short Bio Anna Nagy
Since I have been a little child I always wanted to work with travel, a passion that runs in the family. So my study-choice was obvious: Tourism and Event Management, which I studied in Portugal. After graduating I started working in the tourism industry, first in the incentive outbound business. But then I came to Brazil and joined Walpax, where a true passion was found. I find joy in showcasing Brazil, a country I have adopted as my own. Each project is a challenge and accomplishing a smile on a happy client's face is our ultimate goal!
Dear Anna and team,
I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for all your assistance with the Vodacom Dealer Group. Everything ran smoothly and the group loved the trip. Nothing was ever to much and every effort was made to assit where possible. I look forward to dealing with you on future groups.
The moment you will arrive in our beautiful country, you will feel Brazil's famous rythm, not only during Carnival, but all year long. The Brazilians are lively, passionate and celebrate life. And our very large country has so much to offer - the Amazonas Rain Forest, the amazing wetlands of the Pantenal where life is simple, nature is stunning and food is good and the the impressive Iguazu waterfalls.
Songs are written about our beaches in Rio de Janeiro and with good reason - who can not hum along to the song of The Girl of Ipanema or enjoy Barry Manilow's show girl Lola at the Copacabana beach? This is Brazil at its finest, and the beaches lend it self to countless team building activities., which we would be happy to organise.
Brazil offers something for everyone. If your clients are looking for a relaxing stay, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and enjoy good food and drinks. But if the groups are more adventuresome, you can include a visit to the Amazonas Rain Forest or the wetlands of the Pantenal. Scuba diving, jet skiing, horse riding... the possibilities are endless in our country for a successful incentive program.
We would love to suggest a program that fits you and your client's personal preferences.
Program idea Brazil
Day 1 - São Paulo? Foz do Iguassu
Arrival in São Paulo and take your connection flight JJ 3169 at 09h10 to Foz do Iguassu.
10h50 – Arrival flight and Transfer Airport/Foz do Iguassu
A guide in uniform will be waiting outside the Passengers' Arrival Gate and will assist your clients with luggage and boarding the deluxe motorcoach to transfer to hotel.
Arrival at the Hotel and Check in:
Upon arrival at hotel, check in will take place at a separate area and while check in formalities take place. If we receive the participants personal data, such as full name, address, passport number, nationality and birth dates, we can provide the pre-registration and participants are only requested to sign upon check in.
Lunch at Hotel
In the afternoon - Macuco Falls by Boat
Ladies and gentlemen, a proposition: how about a free spray? A superb service of the majestic Iguassu Falls! After a short drive through the Atlantic rainforest, board a sturdy 2 powerful outboard motors boat and cruise upriver to the bottom of the falls. Nothing compares to the thrill of the falls crashing by your side! This is not a "controlled" rollercoaster ride. Here nature is at its best and the sight of the "Devil's Throat" fall is amazing!
Evening: Welcome cocktail at hotel
Dinner at Hotel
Overnight at hotel in Foz do Iguassu
Day 2 - Foz do Iguassu
Brazilian Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
Argentina falls tour and Eco Train
This tour is one of those experiences difficult to forget. Leaving the hotel to visit the Parque Nacional de Iguazu we take a scenic highway up to the park entrance. The visit of the Argentinean Falls starts at the central station of the ecologic tourist train. From there, the little train brings the visitors to the closest point of the famous Devil's Throat, where the visitors walk the last 1200 meters on a gangway to look right into a deafening road of plunging waters, the mist and unsurpassable beauty of it all. Taking the train again return to the central station, and starting a visit of what is called the upper and lower circuits. These circuits were built along the cliff and strategically located belvederes allow one to see the waterfalls right by one´s side. The upper circuit takes approximately 45 min.
Picnic Lunch at Salto de Las Hermanas
Day 3 - Foz do Iguassu/ Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
Brazilian side of the falls
From the Iguassu National Park main gate to the top of the trail leading to the falls - a 25km drive through pristine Atlantic Forest lush vegetation. The trail going down the Iguassu river canyon is pleasant as it opens, here and there, to the spectacle of more than 240 falls that form the horseshoe-shaped Iguassu Falls. Reaching the bottom, a lookout takes you to the edge with waters circling around. A glass elevator moves you slowly up the cliff face for an exquisite view at the upper deck. The water volume is staggering and when the waters are high - sheer emotion! Brazil shares Iguassu Falls with Argentina and on both sides a National park protects the rainforest that surrounds this marvel! UNESCO has declared Iguassu Falls and both parks a National Heritage Site of Brazil and Argentina!
Transfer out to airport to take flight JJ 3186 at 13h01 to Rio de Janeiro
Arrival Rio Airport at 14h55 and transfer to the Hotel – transfer by 1 bus & english speaking guide
Our uniformed, bi-lingual guides will meet the participants of the group, right after customs clearance. Transfer on deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches, takes approximately 35 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. En route, our guides welcome all participants on behalf of "the sponsor of the group" and brief passengers about Rio de Janeiro and their hotel.
Arrival in Rio and transfer to hotel
Upon arrival at hotel, check in will take place at a separate area and while check in formalities take place, a Welcome Cocktail will be served and the room keys are handed out. If we receive the participants personal data, such as full name, address, passport number, nationality and birth dates, we can provide the pre-registration and participants are only requested to sign upon check in.
Visit and Cocktail at Sugar Loaf
No setting could be more spectacular. The Sugar Loaf is composed of 2 hills. On arrival the guests will ascend to the top of Sugar Loaf by the cable car. After they have enjoyed the view, they descend to Morro da Urca, where a special area has been reserved for the cocktail party. The next hour is reserved for the guest to stroll at leisure, glass in hand, socializing, and enjoying the magnificent view of the city.
1 Hour Cocktail at the Morro da Urca includes Brazilian canapés, mineral water, soft drinks, national beers, 3 kind of Batidas, 3 Kind of Caipirinhas
Dinner at Fogo de Chão restaurant
Fogo de Chão is how the gaucho cowboys prepare their meal, digging a pit on the ground, lighting a wood fire, skewring the beef and placing it to slowly barbecue while cooking the carreteiro rice and boiling the water for the chimarrão. While waiting for the meat to barbecue, they would sit around the pit piping hot herb tea - "mate" (chimarrão). Fogo de Chão today brings to mind a chain of successful restaurants, 8 in Brazil and 17 in the United States, serving a selection of prime cuts of beef: shoulder and ancho among others that are a delight to meat connoisseurs. The additional attraction of this restaurant is a superb bay and Sugar Loaf view from its salon and veranda, a treat by itself!
Overnight at hotel
Day 4 - Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
Jeep tour to Corcovado Convertible jeeps are the vehicle for a tour in Rio moreover if you are heading to Corcovado and Tijuca Forest. As vehicles drive through the traffic, new sights and details come to view. Going up the road to the Corcovado one see birds, perchance a sloth nibbling the silver Embaúba leaves, imposing trees and flowers. A vist to the statue of Christ the Redeemer - one of the New 7 Wonders of the World is fantastic - there is no limit to as far as you can see. After the visit, a ride through a narrow forest road, entering the Tijuca National Park - the largest urban forest in the world. The Cascatinha Taunay (waterfall) is the meeting point. This forest in the middle of a cosmopolitan town such as Rio? and the question that remains is: Aren't Cariocas lucky to have such a treasure as their backyard?
Visit a Samba School – with percussion and masks workshop
Rio's Carnival has been compared to a street opera but this would be oversimplifying an event that has no similar in the world, be it in cultural importance, be it in size and number of people involved. Carnival is the most important cultural event of the country.
A visit to the Unidos da Tijuca, one of Rio's traditional samba schools, will give you a glimpse of how the parade is organized, its many components and level of detail. A project that is renewed every year!
For you to enjoy this visit to the fullest, Unidos da Tijuca opens its "barracão"/freely translated as big workshop to visitors to see the choreography, the floats and a sample of the thrill of taking part in the parade!
You are welcome to explore the creativity of the costumes, while school members, the porta-bandeira (flag bearer) and her escort the mestre-sala swirl to the beat of the school orchestra.
The drums roll, colors and lights add a touch of fantasy to the dancers and the show in on!.
Founded in 1931, Unidos da Tijuca is the 3rd most important samba school in Rio and its members work for the preservation of Brazilian folklore – the samba.
Playing the samba school instruments is simple, but the challenge is to make it an orchestra that will invite everybody want to dance!
A workshop showing you how Carnival masks are produced and the creativity and solutions found for each material and school theme.
Dinner at Marius Crustaceos Restaurant
Anchored on Leme beach, the restaurant is decorated with original old ships and shipwreck findings that takes one on an adventure at sea!
Menu: Fresh oysters launch a gastronomic tour of Brazilian cuisine, followed by antipasti, hot dishes, light seafood pasta and a parade of grilled delicacies including lobster, fish, shellfish and others.
Overnight at hotel in Rio
Day 5 - Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
Bike tour of Lagoa
The Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon - a.k.a. Lagoa is 7km in extension and nothing better than a bicycle ride around this beautiful residential area and the Christ statue just above. To improve the fun of the day participants are challenged. Tasks may vary and here are some ideas: a photo contest - the funniest angles, the best shots, the poetry of hidden sights; can you prepare a "caipirinha"? - to start, buy the ingredients, prepare the undisputed Brazilian drink and put to the test. Approved or not?
Helicopter Scenic Flight from Lagoa – 6/7 minutes
One of the most heard phrases of visitors is: "Landscape viewing in Rio is legendary!" They are right! And a scenic helicopter flight will be the confirmation of this saying! It starts with a drive to the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas heliport, a natural lagoon with a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains, including the Corcovado and the statue of Christ, the Redeemer and the Parque dos Patins (skate park). There is no better place than this to wait for an helicopter! Enjoy the view, take some pictures and here it is - the helicopter to take you on an unforgettable flight! Fasten your seat belt and you are lifted off to a mixture of beautiful sights! Flying over the canal that divides the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon, fly along the beach passing over Ipanema beach, Arpoador rock and 30 seconds later, the Copacabana crescent unfolds right in from of you.
Dinner and Night Life at Rio Scenarium
In Rio's newly renovated Lapa district, Rio Scenarium is an antique gallery by day transformed into a classic old style Rio dance hall at night. Here you'll find a festive mix of Brazilians and foreigners enjoying the traditional samba and a variety of other Brazilian beats. It is, without question, the most original bar in town and you'll feel like an extra on a movie set. The bar is jammed with bizarre and amazing artefacts and some spectacular pieces of furniture of the '70s. Packed out every night of the week, booking is a must - try to get a table upstairs near the window for a great view of the place, or downstairs for close to the live bands. Rio Scenarium is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 19h00 to the last customer!
Day 6 - Rio de Janeiro/ Salvador
Brazilian Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
Transfer out to airport to take your flight to Salvador
Arrival Salvador Airport at 11h158 and transfer to Hotel
Our uniformed, bi-lingual guide at the airport of Natal will meet participants of the group, right after customs clearance. The transfer time will be made by our deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches to the hotel. En route, our guide will welcome all participants on behalf of 'the sponsor of the group' and shall also give some basic briefs about the city and their respective hotel.
Upon arrival at hotel, while check in formalities take place, a welcome drink will be served and the room keys are handed out.
Half day visit of Pelourinho
A truly and enjoyable visit through the centuries when visiting the many historical buildings of Salvador. Visit to a few museums and churches with a rich collection of works of art and religious relics and the renovated Pelourinho / Pillory Square. It is said that Salvador has 365 churches, one for each day of the year - in fact this number is not correct, but a good quantity defies the religious faith of Salvador´s inhabitants and visitors. Note: this tour can be enriched with a visit to one of the following museums: the Afro Brazilian Museum, installed in the first Medical School at Terreiro de Jesus, with an interesting collection of the black cultural heritage. At the same place we find the Archaeology and Ethnology Museum with Indian artifacts, paintings and photographs. At Pillory Square - the Abelardo Rodrigues Museum and a collection of sacred, popular, imagery and oratories collection. Another possibility - the "Casa do Benin" Museum with a collection from Benin's popular art. The Carmelites Third Order Museum with religious figures from the 17th century and church ceremonial vests and furniture. Museum admittance ticket is charged in separate.
Samba de Roda presentation
Performed by several capoeira groups, samba de roda is a traditional Afro-Brazilian dance that has been associated with capoeira for many years. The "orchestra" is composed by pandeiro (tambourine), atabaque (drum), berimbau, viola (a one string instrument of African origin), chocalho (rattle - percussion), accompanied by singing and hand clapping to set the rhythm.
Cachaça tasting at Pelourinho
Cachaça - sugarcane liquor and Brazil's favorite addition to all types of cocktails, or taking it "straight". In Salvador, there is no place like O Cravinho Bar for this. One will be surprises with the rich flavor and perfume of a "cachaça".
Lunch at Uauá Uauá Restaurant
Sunset Cruise on Baía de Todos os Santos
On board the schooner, as we put out, the view of the high and low cities enchants our eyes. The old and the new, the São Marcelo Fort, the port, the Lacerda Elevator linking the high and low, the Palace of Rio Branco, the Mercado Modêlo and the ramp.
Dinner at Amado Restaurant
Fantastic and cool waterfront dining, ample salon with elegant decoration using wood, stone and glass that open to a waterside deck, the harbor and bay beyond. The cuisine takes traditional Bahian ingredients, manioc and seafood mainly, and puts them to use in innovate ways, always with lovely presentation.
Overnight at hotel in Salvador
Day 7 - Salvador/ Praia do Forte/ Salvador
Brazilian breakfast at hotel
Full day tour to Praia do Forte & Pojuca River
Praia do Forte ia a mix of a fishing village and a resort, called by the locals as the Brazilian Polinesia, it is hard to start a listing of what to do, there are several options, on foot, on horseback and on a jeep. 12 km of white sand beaches with dunes and palm fringed beached, pools formed by the low tide and the Historical Site , the Castle of Garcia d´Ávila, the Sapiranga forest reservation and the white water of Pojuca river, not to mention a small but cozy fishermen village that welcomes visitors with a smile on their face. This is Praia do Forte a place with good restaurants, good inns, a fantastic resort and unforgettable sights.
After pick-up at hotel, drive to Reserva da Sapiranga and Pojuca River with 4 activities to explore. Canoeing exploring the eco system for 30 minutes, going upstream to the highest navigable point of the river and a lovely view of the surrrounding forest. - Zip Line: cross the Pojuca River using two 200mt long zip lines. An activitiy with a high level of safety for both equipment and procedures. There is nothing like zipping, a thrilling emotion. - Tubing: guaranteed fun descending a succession of small rapids or simply floating on specially-crafted innertubes - Sapiranga Nature Reserve: a 30min hike along the trails of the Atlantic rainforest reservation, seeing the flora and fauna
Lunch at Okaporang
Closing the morning activities a refreshing "Caipirinha" - served in a short glass, simple to prepare and a taste of perfection. Ingredients: sugarcane liquor, lime juice, ice and sugar.
For lunch a delicious Gaucho barbecue buffet with the best of the Pampa tradition.
Return to Salvador in the end of afternoon
Evening - Miguel Santana Folkloric Show
The Balé Folclórico da Bahia / Bahia Folk Dance Ballet is one of Brazil's folklore leading dance companies. Tonight a presentation at the Miguel Santana Theatre is a testimonial to the many african cultural traditions brought to Brazil by the slaves and maintained to this day through the work of a dance company such as this and have become part of the rich cultural heritage that the state of Bahia offers to Brazil. The how brings to life a number of sacred dances of the Candomblé, the Africal religious tradition; the PUXADA, in honor to the fishermen when they return to the beach with their catch; Yemanjá - the sea goddess and an important religious entity even for non African descendants; the MACULELÊ - a dance with a bat and a sword in a number of daring moves; CAPOEIRA - initially a fight between slaves that has become a martial art played with legs and feet; SAMBA DE ROSA and danse that celebrates life and merriment. Shows from Tuesday to Saturday. Sunday and Monday closed.
Farewell Dinner at Villa Bahia Restaurant
At the heart of Pelourinho, a restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and delicious cuisine. The treats of contemporary with a touch of Bahia.
Overnight at hotel in Salvador
Day 8 - Salvador
Half day a panorama of Salvador
This could be called a Reconnaissance tour of Salvador, a bit of Sights, History and above all its people and their way of life. First stop at Farol da Barra (lighthouse) for photos. Tour continues passing by Centenário Avenue, Dique do Tororó, Fonte Nova (Soccer Stadium), Américo Simas Tunnel, linking the "lower" and "high" parts of the city. Arrival at Ribeira with a partial view of Plataforma and Lobato districts. Lobato is proud to be the very first place where oil was found in Brazil, and on we go, passing by Our Lady of Penha Church and Beira Mar Avenue to the cherished Bomfim Church with a stop for an interesting visit. Next stop will be at one of Salvador's belvederes the Itapagipe peninsula and the 17th century Monte Serrat church and fort. Here it is - Salvador, its hills and many churches right ahead! Returning by the Port a stop at Mercado Modêlo - a handicrafts market, with lovely ideas for gifts to take home.
Dinner at Boi Preto Barbecue restaurant
Transfer out to airport to take your flight back home.
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