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Walking tour of colonial Olinda

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Explore on foot the compact colonial town Olinda, with an eventful history dating back centuries and some exquisite architecture.

UNESCO-listed Olinda, in Brazil’s northeastern state Pernambuco was first colonised by the French and then fought over by the Dutch and Portuguese. It has a remarkable, well preserved colonial core, crammed with baroque churches and red-tiled residences lining the steep cobbled streets. That's colourful enough, but the authorities have encouraged its status as a centre for the arts and dazzling street-art graffiti adorns many of the graceful buildings, and there is a clutch of museums.

On this walking city tour you'll visit the San Bento monastery, Rua do Amparo (a street lined with artisan workshops), the Largo da Misericordia and the cathedral, Igreja da Sé, which is situated on the highest square in town and from which there are sweeping vistas of Recife and the coast.

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    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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