The most exotic and beautiful places south of the equator.
A land with more than 700 miles of coast line.
When to Travel?
All year long - Mountain ranges, waterfalls and the Atlantic Rain Forest
Where is It?
Bahia is one the most exotic and beautiful places south of the equator.
Bahia is one the most exotic and beautiful places south of the equator. A land that offers its visitors innumerable adventures with more than 700 miles of coast line, charming colonial architecture that has been included on World’s Heritage list by Unesco. A place where mountain ranges, waterfalls, underground lakes and the Atlantic Rain Forest come together to make the Land of Happiness, as it is known, an unresistable vacation spot. Bahia is the birthplace of Brazil. The Portuguese first landed in Bahia in 1500. Today the state is rich in culture, with museums and palaces that are architecture wonders and include works that tell the story of life during the Colonial and Imperial periods.
Salvador da Bahia is a city which carefully preserved its natural beauty and that has an infra structure that can accommodate even the most sophisticated demands of different visitors. A visit to Salvador will always be filled with a variety of attractions.
Pelourinho, the historic center located in the Upper City, from where a fascinating view of the Bay of All Saints can be enjoyed. Experience a capoeira presentation, an African tradition combining martial arts and dance or just relax on the beach while sipping some coconut water. Taste the treats from the unique Bahian Cuisine, a blend of European, African and indigenous South American elements. A colorful, fragrant and tasty combination that is pleasing to the eye as well as the palate. The African heritage predominates in Bahian cuisine, using the oil from dende palm to season the seafood caught in abundance along the Bahian shore.
MORRO DE SAO PAULO
Across All Saints’ Bay to Itaparica Island heading south, another tropical paradise receives tourists from around the globe. Morro de São Paulo is located on Tinhare Island on the township of Cairu. It can be reached in less than 90 minutes by high speed catamaran, by air in less than 20 minutes or visitors can drive to the town of Valenca, park there and ride the ferry to Morro. This is the first stop of the magnificent Dende Coast. The main attraction of the island is its exuberant landscape of vast coconut groves, coves with calm waters and excellent beaches. No cars are allowed on the island and several good hotels, comfortable inns and restaurants are easy to find.
PRAIA DO FORTE AND COSTA DO SAUIPE
The Brazilian Polynesia located about 30 miles north of Salvador on the beginning of the Linha Verde, the coastal highway. An ecological community that takes pride in showing their region’s many attractions. Praia do Forte is simply a true natural paradise with endless coconut groves, surrounding an international resort, many small hotels, inns and restaurants. Unpaved streets make this place uniquely charming. Praia do Forte is one of the most important sprawling grounds for many species of sea turtles living in Brazil. A sea turtle preservation station open to visitors has been set up there. There are many different activities to be explored, on foot, on horseback, or by jeep along the 8 miles of beaches that are lined with coconut groves and dunes. The beaches have tide pools of running water and are ideal for all kinds of water sports. Diving in the enormous coral reefs with maximum depth of 10 feet of crystal-clear water is where free-style divers can observe dozens of varieties and colors of fishes. Visitors who are lucky enough to arrive between the months of September and March, which is the egg-laying season may witness the hatching and the little turtles, emerge. Costa do Sauipe is a 500 acre complex just 50 miles north of historic Salvador and just minutes from Praia do Forte. The beaches are beautiful and the combination of hotels and facilities makes this the perfect site for a relaxing vacation. The complex boasts five international-level hotels. There is also a replica of a Brazilian colonial city, Vila Nova da Praia, with shops, restaurants, bars and six “pousadas” offering a less formal and more intimate way to stay at Costa do Sauipe.
ITACARE, MARAU PENINSULA AND ILHEUS
Even further south, on the Cocoa Coast, Ilhéus famous for many works by the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado has breath taking beaches of great beauty. Ilhéus can be reached by plane and it has very good infra structure with excellent inns and hotels. Ilhéus is one of the best spots in the world for deep-sea fishing. Just one hour north of Ilhéus is a must see, village of Itacaré. A paradise for surfers and nature lovers, with its perfect waives and an exuberant Atlantic Forest that kisses the ocean along the areas’ innumerable coves and beaches. An ecological Highway (Linha Verde) that was recently inaugurated, opening the way to the region connects the village to Ilhéus. Small and beautiful, deserted beaches that can sometimes only be accessed on foot, the Barra do Rio de Contas, the ecological reserve of Prainha, the mangroves are some of the main attractions of this charming village. There are many comfortable inns, an eco-resort and good restaurants in the area. Itacaré is also emerging rapidly in the area of ecotourism. Hiking, horseback ridding, canoe rides trough the mangroves and surfing are the most popular activities on the area.
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Loved everything about Bahia, the beaches, the culture, the people. A must see place in Brazil, definitely recommend booking this tour.
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