|Discovery Coast also known as the Party Bahia Coast|
|Arraial D’Ajuda ||Belmonte || || Porto Seguro || Santa Cruz Cabrália || Transcoso||
|Porto Seguro 730 km (453 miles) southeast of Salvador ||TOP|||
According to historians, Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares
Cabral, after sailing through
the open waters of the ocean, saw the mountain today's Monte
Pascoal that showed them the way to the coast.
Cabral discovered Brazil on April 22nd 1500, a couple of thousand
years after the first Indians populated the country. Just north of Porto
Seguro . the first mass was said. Porto Seguro, founded in 1526,
has some claim to being the oldest town in Brazil, as buildings still
survive from that period but today it is better
known for being the youngest city in Brazil and the portal to the
This coastal section has 90km of beaches protected by coral reefs, rivers, streams, coconut groves and the lush "Mata Atlântica". The Discovery Coast has 27 beaches.
You can still find an ecological paradise that offers a mix of history, culture, art and natural wonders. You can also practice sports, try some good food, learn the "lambaeróbica" or simply relax, forget the day-to-day routine, sit back and think about nothing except the beautiful seascapes, blue skies and the sun that shines throughout the year.
If your main interest is nightlife, this is the place but you’ve got to not mind crowds. During the day, sleep late and go from beach to trekking in the forest; At night the action goes into the wee hours of the next morning at the coast with lots of live music, often by very good international bands, reggae music, parties and good vibes in restaurants and beach huts by the sea.
Porto Seguro’s modern action is centered in its Cidade Baixa (Lower City).
The riverside Avenida 22 de Abril (April 22nd Ave.) and its continuation,
Avenida Portugal, are a mass of bars, restaurants and hotels—so much so in
fact that Portugal Avenue changes its name at night to become the Passarela do Álcool, “Alcohol Strip”. Competing stand sellers urge you to
try their fiendishly strong cocktail called a capeta, a mixture of honey,
lemon juice, and guaraná powder (a tropical fruit from the Amazon) with
cachaça, the national hard liquor made from sugar cane.
same, Porto Seguro has somehow managed to retain its reputation as a
fairly classy destination. No structures are allowed to be taller than 25
feet and many stars such as Gilberto Gil and singer Gal Costa own
beachside villas here.
ATTRACTIONS: Schooners leave daily to Recife de Fora, coral reefs that at low tide form pools with crystal-clear waters. Other popular options are an excursion up the Buranhém River or trips to Coroa Alta, Trancoso and Caraíva.
Protected Area by wcmc.org.uk In 1999 this area which extends from Jequitinhonha river to the north; the Jucuruçu river to the south was made a world heritage site in 1999. It is considered the world's richest in terms of the number of species of trees per hectare.The UNEP-WCMC partnership , celebrated 25 years of working for a wiser world in 2004
Where Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil, landed in 1500: Just north of Porto
Seguro on the road to Santa Cruz Cabrália is the site , marked by a cross.
This is where the first Mass was said to have been celebrated in Brazil.
Locals fondly remember the Carnaval in 1984 when the theme
was the Adam and Eve story. Costumes were pretty skimpy to start with,
then temptation won again at Carnaval time and everyone stripped as the
script called for.
Places to Stay
Rodoviária is a little way out of town, but taxis are cheap and plentiful.
Three buses a day make the eleven-hour journey from Salvador, but one of
these is an extremely expensive leito service, and you should book
|Santa Cruz Cabrália
first resort town going North where the history of Brazil started & 1st mass was celebrated
|Cabrália is a tourism center with modern infrastructure
and is rapidly developing further with
hotels and inns, restaurants, camping, tourism agencies, which provide
boat trips, and bank branches.
The city is located between João de Tiba River and a natural sea barrier in the Cabrália bay.
After sighting land off Monte Pascoal in April 1500, Cabral and his men sailed three days up the coast to find a safe port. The Portuguese landed not at Porto Seguro (literally Safe Port), but 16 km further north, at Coroa Vermelha. The first Santa Cruz settlement was founded by Pero do Campo Tourinho, and destroyed by the Aimoré Indians in 1564.
The present settlement starts in Cidade Alta, which offers a panoramic view of the region: at the bottom of the hill, in first plan, the city of Santa Cruz Cabrália; on the right, Coroa Vermelha; on the left, the beginning of APA Santo Antônio,
The Coroa Vermelha, place of celebration and landmark of the discovery, is on the right, very close to the city. The place corresponds to the present Coroa Vermelha’s Pataxó Tribe Indian Reservation area.
Igreja Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceição
on the bluff overlooking the town a historic white church
built by the Jesuits in 1630
|PLACES to Stay|
Santa Cruz Cabrália has several deserted beaches, navigable rivers – perfect for nautical sports and tourism – and bucolic villages, in contrast with the sea landscape.
initiatives at the Costa Brasilis Resort by insightnet.com
Int’l Airport – 26km from
|Belmonte is a
beautiful unspoiled historic city, situated in a
plain between the river Jequitinhonha and the Atlantic Ocean, this city
blossomed during the good times of growing cacao at the end of 19th
century and this turn-of-the-century
architecture on historic streets is very photogenic. The City was one of
In the estuary of the river Jequitinhonha they exist one of Brazil's greatest mangrove (manguezais) forests with red, black and white mangroves as tall as 50’, attracting many birds and animals.
Endowed with infrastructure to provide comfortable support all sorts of visitors, Belmonte is known as the "capital of guaiamum", the crustaceans with blue color.
|Arraial D’Ajuda international resort city ||TOP|||
From high atop the cliff on which Arraial is located, there is a panoramic view of the Discovery Coast, and the town’s unique charm brings together people from all over the world, especially the international jet set, who have adopted Arraial as a home away from home.
Arraial D’Ajuda, lies on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in southern Bahia. Discovered by hippies in the early 70s, a post-Woodstock generation that traveled the world and found in Arraial an alternative way of living with new values. These same people are now the owners of the friendly, rustic inns that are so common in town, many of which were built as extensions of their own homes.
The streets of the town are unpaved, and lined with small,
rustic inns and charming restaurants, that blend perfectly with the town’s
carefree ambience. It’s as easy to find a Japanese sushi as it is to taste
one of Bahia’s famous seafood stews known as moquecas. A pedestrian district known
as “Broadway” is a must in Arraial with its many bars and restaurants where
tables are set up right on the sidewalk. The variety of foods available is
almost as great as the variety of music.
Schooner excursions - diving at the Outer Coral Reefs, small cruises to Caraívas, Santo André, Coroa Alta and Paradise Island
The wild and crazy party scene here is even more pronounced than Porto Seguro. The main action starts on the central drag Broadway and it can get as crowded as Bourbon Street in New Orleans many nights and especially during the Carnaval season.
ST FACTS: To call
Arraial d’Ajuda (área code 73) telephones, dial: 0-xx-73 - 575 xxxx.The
postal code is: CEP 45816-000.
In the centre itself and on the roads running down the steep hill to the beach are an incredible number of places to stay
GETTING THERE: Arraial d’Ajuda from Porto Seguro,
|TRANSCOSO ||TOP|| Salvador 756 km; Porto Seguro 26 km; Itabela 70 km|
Trancoso is a beautiful transformed fishing village which lies on a grassy bluff overlooking the ocean and fantastic beaches. The historical central square, known as the Quadrado, is lined with small, colorful colonial buildings and casual bars and restaurants nestling under shady trees.
Trancoso is now a cosmopolitan town, where youth from all over the world (Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, France, Holland, Italy, Sweden and Portugal) live along with the natives.
São João Church Jesuits built on this spot for the views keeping one eye on the coast for pirates and other on the recently converted Indians
Pass through Transcoso on your south-ward journey to Caraíva, situated at the edge of the National Park of Monte Pascoa, also favorite a destination.
Trancoso traveler tips & tales by virtualtourist.com
|If you really want to get away from civilization in the
southern part of Bahia, you have to go to CARAÍVA , which has no electricity apart
from that provided by generators & solar energy Once there, you'll find
superb beaches, a few rustic places to stay, some good food and plenty of
peace and quiet.
Between Rio Caraíva and the ocean, Caraíva is a world apart. Before tourism the main industry was the production of lumber which was destroyed in an explosion in 1948.
Ponta do Corumbau -(13 km) a fishermen's village with a light at the end of the beach. Traveling by boat one an hour and a half of lush scenery,
Rio Caraíva - canoe, kayak or by boat for
miles. Passing through forests and manguesais. It is possible to rent a
motor boat for up to six people.
Pousada Casinhas da Bahia
It's time-consuming to get to: there are boats from Porto Seguro (consult a
travel agent) and Trancoso which take four and two hours respectively, and
two buses a day from Trancoso - a bumpy ride, ending with a boat journey
across a river.
Airports || Salvador Beaches
Itaparica & All Saints Bay ||aForum-NorthEast || Salvador Hotels || Brazil Hotel Guide
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Coconut (north)coast || Dende (just south) Coast ||
Cocoa (Ilheus) Coast || Discovery (Porto Alegre) Coast ||
Whale Coast || Diamond Mountains ||
Sources: “Guia Praias 1999 Quatro Rodas” (motoring magazine). The above listing and descriptions are summarized from pages 114-139