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What you can expect:

Cultura, Natureza, Património


February 10th to 14th - 5 days

(Bookings up to 9 people)

Price: €780

Get ready for a fascinating getaway at the Traditional Portuguese Carnival, where you will immerse yourself in the world of Caretos. Leaving Porto towards Lazarim, Ousilhão, Podence and Vinhais, you will witness the beginning of this unique celebration, with the emblematic wooden caretos. In Podence, you will explore the mysterious atmosphere of Caretos, recognized by UNESCO, while being enchanted by the landscapes of Trás-os-Montes. Between unique festivities, picturesque trails and immersion in local culture, this trip promises an experience balanced between authenticity and natural beauty. Let yourself be enveloped by the magic of Portuguese Carnival, on a journey that balances fun, culture and a genuine contact with the roots of our country.

What to expect:

Nature:We'll explore the majestic landscapes of Trás-os-Montes, where rolling hills and historic villages provide a stunning backdrop for celebrating Carnival. We will follow picturesque trails and enjoy the natural beauty that shaped the identity of these lands.

Cultural Heritage and Traditions:We will witness the unique carnival traditions of Caretos, recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. From the handmade masks of Lazarim to the ancestral rituals of Podence, each stop will be a trip to the past, delving into the deep roots of these festivities.

Local culture:We will connect with local culture by interacting with the communities that keep the Caretos tradition alive. We will take part in the festivities, meet artisans who carve the masks and discover the stories behind each celebration. The authenticity of these experiences will provide a unique understanding of the cultural richness of this region.

Route Summary:

Accommodation:Hotel - 4 nights


Locations:Ousilhão, Podence, Lazarim, Vinhais

Flights not included

Day 1: Departure from Porto to Lazarim

Today, we begin our journey from Campanhã Station, in Porto, heading towards the Interior Norte. During the morning, we collected the group and headed towards the city of Lamego. After the opening of the Entrudo dos Caretos de Lazarim, we headed to the village and immersed ourselves in the authenticity of this unique Carnival. In Lazarim, the Caretos, with their masks carved from alder wood, bring with them tradition and catharsis. Carnival here is marked by activities such as meetings with artisans, photo raids and ethnographic parades, where bass drums echo with the sound of caretos.

Dinner in Lazarim and overnight stay in Lamego, with breakfast

Day 2: Podence in Macedo de Cavaleiros

Today, we explore Podence, in Macedo de Cavaleiros, home of the enigmatic Caretos. Originally from this region, they were recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The Caretos of Podence, with their masks and rattles, appear as devilish and mysterious images in carnival festivities. The fazanitos, young people who imitate the caretos, ensure the continuity of this centuries-old tradition.

Dinner and overnight in Podence, Macedo de Cavaleiros with breakfast

Day 3: Small Route of the Caretos Trail

In the morning, we took the opportunity to take a short route near Podence, exploring trails that start at Casa do Careto and lead to the stunning Praia da Ribeira, in Albufeira do Azibo. The route includes the Church of Our Lady of Purification, providing a unique experience before having lunch. In the afternoon, we dive into the revelry of the Entrudo celebrations.

Dinner and overnight in Podence, Macedo de Cavaleiros with breakfast

Day 4: Vila Boa de Ousilhão Carnival

We leave early for Vinhais, where we will spend two nights. After checking in at the hotel, we explored the city and, in the afternoon, headed to Ousilhão to witness the carnival celebrations of the local Caretos. The "masks" liven up the village, keeping ancient traditions alive. The day culminates with fun, traditional dances and the preservation of unique customs.

.Dinner and overnight in Vinhais, with breakfast

Day 5: The Devil, Death and Censorship of Bragança and Vinhais

On Ash Wednesday, we witness one of the oldest traditions in Portugal. In Vinhais, the trio of masked men - Death, Devil and Censorship - roam the streets, representing ancestral rituals. The kids, spontaneous participants, follow the trio, challenging them. Women, from the windows, contribute to this unique ritual. At the end of the day, we return to Porto, saying goodbye with memories of an authentic Carnival full of tradition.


Accommodation throughout the program with respective breakfasts

4x Dinners included

Transport during the program from Porto and back to Porto.

WALKER leader support throughout the trip

Activities: Visit to the Lazarim Museum, Casa dos Caretos, trekking

Personal Accident and Civil Liability Insurance.

Waters and Fruit for walking


International and national flights

Visa treatment for foreigners

Unspecified food (around €30/day)

Entrance fees to unspecified museums or monuments

Personal extras such as drinks, telephone, etc.

Gratuities to the local team

Travel to the most inhospitable and wonderful places in Portugal, outside the tourist cities



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