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Population of the south Bahia State in 1996 was a little more than 600,000 with the largest City being Eunápolis (85,982) while  Porto Seguro area(34,661 inhabitants)has the vast majority of overnight rooms available , Santa Cruz Cabrália (6,535), Belmonte (22,070), Itabela (26,904), Itamaraju (44,000, and Prado (22,632
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End.: Praça Manoel Ribeiro Coelho , s/n Passarela do Álcool - Centro
Tel.: (73) 268-1390
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Porto Seguro Region: Porto Seguro, Alcobaça, Caravelas, Eunápolis, Guaratinga, Ibirapuã, Itabela, Itagimirim, Itamaraju, Itanhém, Jucuruçu, Lajedão, Medeiros Neto, Mucuri, Nova Viçosa, Prado, Santa Cruz Cabrália,
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Porto Seguro 730 km (453 miles) southeast of Salvador ||TOP||
CARN0110.jpgAccording 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 Discovery Coast.

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.
 

 All the 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.
 
The city has a wide variety of restaurant and fast food offering sophisticated dishes or a good and cheap meal.

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.

WCMC home pageProtected 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.
High on a bluff overlooking the town is the old section Cidade Alta of Porto Seguro where there are three colonial churches of note—Nosso Senhora da Misericórdia built in 1526, Nossa Senhora do Rosário in 1534 and Nossa Senhora da Pena, 1535, the latter which has the oldest religious icon in Brazil, a St. Francis of Assisi, brought over in the first serious expedition to Brazil in 1503

Beaches near and at Porto Seguro:
From the town northward are eight beautiful beaches for swimming, two of which are good for fishing—Taperapuã and Cruzeiro—and another one—Mundaí—is good for snorkeling. The beaches near the town are not wide and they do become packed with people.

Mutá - swimming, calm waves, coconut trees
Ponta Grande - swimming, calm waves, coral reefs, coconut trees
Rio dos Mangues - swimming, calm waves, mangroves, near Mangues River with clear waters
Taperapuã (or Itaperapuã) - fishing, sunning, swimming, calm and clear waters, coconut trees
Mundaí - swimming, snorkeling, sea shells
Itacimirim - swimming, kiosks, coconut trees
Curuípe - swimming, bay with reefs, calm waves, cliffs & bluffs, near small São Francisco River where swimming is good when tide is low
Cruzeiro at Porto Seguro - fishing, swimming, calm waves, slightly turbid waters due to nearby mouth of Buranhém River

 


CARNAVAL:
 Porto Seguro is packed for Carnaval particularly at the beach with young people and easily would make most Brazilians list of a TOP 10 Brazil CARNAVAL

The Carnaval last for 7 days and features many top bands from Salvador performing on trio electricos (amplified band on a large sound truck with band members partying and dancing behind it.)
Brazilian and Argentine tourists who pack Porto Seguro throughout the year, make sure they return to thier favorite getaway for the year's all out celebration at Carnaval. (New Year's sell out too!)

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.

On the Sunday before Carnaval a beauty pageant is held at the Praia Hotel.
 

"during Carnival. Seven nights in a row, huge trucks drive back and forth on the main party street of Porto Seguro. The Axe music and the tropical heat make people dance almost nonstop. And if they are not dancing, they are smiling or kissing. Kissing seems to be the official national sport. .... What makes Porto Seguro's Carnival so special? Well, first of all it is a very peaceful Carnival, no violence. Instead, people drink a beer, a caipirinha, they dance, they kiss... in short they are happy! The art of partying so to speak. The beach clubs just outside the city center make Porto Seguro even more attractive! There are several huge beach clubs, mostly crowded with young party people looking for romance and adventure."
Carnaval 2000 by portoseguro-online.com/

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TPORTO SEGURO is the most popular destination in southern Bahia where Cabral "discovered" Brazil in 1500. Brazil oldest city today competes for the title of biggest year-round party.
Porto Seguro and neighboring Trancoso together have 511 hotels and inns, with more than 25,000 beds. With so many places to stay, accommodations in Porto Seguro are plentiful for any size of pocketbook.

However, during the summer high season (December-February) rates can be three times higher than those during off seasons months (March-November).

Away from the nightlife center, there are campsites available for those who prefer this type of accommodation.

   

GETTING THERE:  The 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 well ahead.
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There are also direct flights from Rio and Salvador.
There are tourist information offices at the Rodoviária, the airport, and in the centre of town at the Secretaria de Turismo

Santa Cruz Cabrália ||TOP||
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 withdiscovery_coast.jpg  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
João de Tiba river mouth, with its islands, covered by mangroves, the natural reef sea barrier – separating salty waters from fresh ones – and, farther,
Coroa Alta,
a huge reef with sandbank in deep waters, which is daily visited by dozens of boats full of tourists.
 

PLACES to Stay
Casa Pindorama
Deutsch
Tel. 073 2821102, Fax: 073 2821915
www.casapindorama.com
Rua da Igreja - Cidade Hitórica

Pele Morena Praia Hotel
Fone: 73-872-1172/1242
Rua Inhaiba s/n - Praia de Coroa Vermelha
.cabralia.com.br/pelemorena

Pousada Gailli
Fone: 73-282-1279 Fax: 73-282-1279
Santo André
www.portonet.com.br/gaili
 
Pousada Tribo da Praia
Fone: 73-282-1002 Fax: 73-282-1002
Vila de Santo André
portonet.com.br/tribodapraia
 
 

 

Porto Cabrália Chalés
Fone: 73-282-1118 Fax: 73-282-1118
Rua Sete de Setembro, s/n - Cidade Histórica
www.cabralia.com.br/portocabralia
 
Pousada Victor Hugo
Fone: 73-282-1366 Fax: 73-282-1366
Est. Santo André - km 3
www.portonet.com.br/victorhugo
 
Pousada Villa Rosada
Fone: 73-282-1058 Fax: 73-282-1058
Praia de Arakakaí, s/n
www.cabralia.com.br/villarosada
 
Pousada Aldeia Portuguesa
Fone: 73-872-1133 Fax: 73-872-1133
Coroa Vermelha
www.cabralia.com.br/aldeiaportuguesa
 
Gaili Club
Fone: 073 2821279 Fax: 073 2821279
Av Beira Rio, 1280 - Santo André
www.portonet.com.br/gaili

www.portonet.com.br/cabralia/hoteis.asp  Por>English by google

Santa Cruz Cabrália has several deserted beaches, navigable rivers – perfect for nautical sports and tourism – and bucolic villages, in contrast with the sea landscape.

Beaches near Santa Cruz Cabrália:
Arakakaí - swimming, coral reefs, small bays
Lençóis - rough waves, deep waters; only sunning and walks are recommended, swimming only at nearby Mutari River mouth
Mutari - swimming, body-boarding, canoeing, calm waters
Coroa Vermelha - wind surfing, canoeing, shallow waters, coral reefs; site of the first Mass celebrated in Brazil, nearby Pataxó Indian village with handicraft kiosk
Ponta do Mutá - swimming, calm waves, small bay with coconut trees; snorkeling around offshore Outside Reefs (Recifes de Fora)

Santo André ||TOP||
Good area for fishing and maritime strolls. According to the magazine It  Santo André possess one of the 13 most beautiful & exotic beaches in Brazil. Although it’s still a somewhat isolated village, Santo André has been through many changes over the past two decades. Twenty years ago, it had 100 inhabitants, members of just four families. Now there are 750 inhabitants. People made a living with fishing, and today their livelihood depends on tourism. The children of former fishermen, for example, now manage schooners that take visitors on sightseeing trips that reveal many of the region’s natural beauties, such as the João de Tiba River itself, bordered by mangroves where many little blue herons and some great egrets can be seen, and coroas, structures made of sand and reefs typical of the region.

Beaches (praias) near & at Santo André:
Guaiú - swimming, fishing, deserted near forest, near mouth of Guaiú River
Ponta de Santo Antônio - fishing, calm waves, deserted, near mouth of Rio Santo Antônio where there’s a village, coconut plantation region
Tartarugas - fishing, calm waters, coral reefs, near forest
Santo André at Santo André - fishing, on a bay with the sea on one side, João de Tiba River on the other, encircled by mangroves, fronts Paraíso Island.

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 Santo André Beach at Costa Brasilis Resort

 preservation initiatives at the Costa Brasilis Resort by insightnet.com
Costa Brasilis resort, located at the Santo André village and owned by the English group Samadhi, which fully sponsors environmental protection and social projects.

 

GETTING THERE: Porto Seguro Int’l Airport – 26km from Santo André less than 30 minutes travel time from the airport by vehicle.
 

Belmonte
far north of Discovery coast or lower tip of Cocoa coast
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 Brazil's first
 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.

 Beaches (praias) near & at Belmonte:
Norte - swimming, calm waves, deserted, coconut trees
Barra - swimming, waterfall on Jequitinhonha River nearby
Belmonte - swimming, most distant point almost deserted, best in from April-September when the Jequitinhonha River is low
Mojiquiçaba - fishing, small village, near mouth of Mojiquiçaba River, mangrove, many birds and fish

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Arraial D’Ajuda  international resort city ||TOP||
 
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The closest resort to Porto Seguro and the easiest to
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 Younger and wilder than Porto Seguro, Arraial d'Ajuda is a wonderful place to tan and slough off excess brain cells. Newcomers soon fall into the routine: going crazy every evening, recovering the following morning and crawling back onto the beach for more surf, sun and samba.
Lonely Planet 1996 at brazzil.com
"The main problem with Arraial d'Ajuda is that it's become too popular but walk along the beach to escape."
Rough Guides

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. 

The daily routine in Arraial is completely out of the ordinary. The shops only open at the end of the afternoon and close at about midnight. People dress very informally and it’s considered completely normal to go shopping in a bikini or even go out to a nightclub in swimwear. Lunch feels a lot like dinner, and just when you think the town is settling down for the night, the festivities are just beginning with luaus on the beach and dancing until the early hours of the morning.

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.

Beaches near and at Arraial d’Ajuda:
Apaga-Fogo - swimming, canoeing, coral reefs, calm and clean, but slightly turbid waters
Araçaípe - swimming, small waves, sea shells and rocky, coral reefs
d’Ajuda (or Coqueiros) - swimming, sea shells, calm waves, coral reefs, coconut trees, fronts village
Mucugê at Arraial d’Ajuda - swimming, reefs, fronts village
Parracho - sailing, wind surf and canoe rentals
Pitinga - swimming, coral reefs,  nude swimming & sunning at this southern point that’s usually deserted
Lagoa Azul - rough waves, sunning only
Taípe - swimming, calm waves, transparent and warm waters, southern point al-most deserted due to bluffs of up to 20 meters (65.6 feet) high

ST FACTS: To call Arraial d’Ajuda (área code 73) telephones, dial: 0-xx-73 - 575 xxxx.The postal code is: CEP 45816-000.
Santa Cruz Cabrália and Eunápolis are to the North, Itabela to the West, Itamaraju to the Southwest, Prado to the South and the Atlantic Ocean to the East. Arraial d’Ajuda is close to other locations such as Trancoso, Caraiva, Vale Verde, all of them part of the municipality of Porto Seguro

In the centre itself and on the roads running down the steep hill to the beach are an incredible number of places to stay

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Arraial d'Ajuda Pousada Oca dos Indios
Small, nice, comfortable and very cosy hotel located at the Mucuge Beach in Arraial Dajuda
www.geocities.com/ocadosindios/ocalogo.html

www.casagrandesenzala.com.br/
250. mts far from Mucugê beach, a quiet & central location, it allows you to get 200 mts. close to sophisticated "Caminho da Praia" street

HOTEL POUSADA CAMINHO  DO MAR
Rua do Mucugê, 246 - Arraial d'Ajuda
CEP: 45.810-000
Porto Seguro / Bahia / Brasil
Fone & Fax: (73) 575-1099
www.caminhodomar.tur.br/

 Posado do Xão
73 ) 575 - 1040 / 575 - 1246 www.villagearraial.com.br

Pousada Beijo do Vento
Telefax: (073) 575-1349

www.beijodovento.com.br

Pousada Erva Doce:
Caminho da Praia, 200
Fone: (73) 575 -1113
Fax: (73) 575- 1071
www.ervadoce.com.br
in english & espanol

Pousada Los Mandalas
Estrada de Arraial d'Ajuda 1437
Porto Seguro - Arraial d'Ajuda - Bahia - Brasil
Tel/Fax: (073) 575-1344
www.losmandalas.com.br/

Aurora Park Hotel
Na praia Araçaipe, Estrada para Arraial d´Ajuda,1619
Arraial d´Ajuda
www.aurorapark.com.br
in english espanol & deutsch

Pousada Tropical: pousadatropical.com.br

Pousada Areia Branca : areiabranca.com

Hotel Pousada Coqueiros
www.pousadacoqueiros.com.br
English français espanol spoken

Hotel Pousada Marambaia
www.hotelmarambaia.com.br

Hotel Pousada Marambaia
Estrada do Mucugê, 554 - Arraial d´Ajuda - Porto Seguro - Bahia
CEP. 45816-000
Por telefone ou fax:
(0xx73)575-1105
www.pousadabucaneiros.com.br

Pousada Porto do Meio
Dora + Peter Grimm
Estrada do Arraial d'Ajuda, 2476
CEP: 45.816.000
Porto Seguro/Arraial d'Ajuda - Bahia - Brasil
Tel/Fax: xx55 - (0)73 - 575 1017
www.portodomeio.com.br
 
Pousada Berro D'Água
Fone: 73-875-1073 Fax: 73-875-1073
www.redeportofirmedehoteis.com.br 
 
Mucugê Village Pousada Resort Beach Lodges
Fone: 73-875-1548/1549 Fax: 73-875-1238
Sítio Mucugê - Praia
englische Website,
www.mucuge.com.br/village 
 
Hotel Pousada Caminho do Mar
Fone: 73-875-1099 Fax: 73-875-1099
Caminho da Praia, 246
www.caminhodomar.tur.br 

Pousada Bem Virá
Fone: 73-875-1184 Fax: 73-875-1184
www.kappasistemas.com/bemvira 

 

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GETTING THERE: Arraial d’Ajuda from Porto Seguro,
by ferry: you have to cross Buranhém River, in a ferry-boat for both automobiles and pedestrians, the trip takes about 10 minutes. Ferry-boat lines are open 24 hours a day;a ferry departs every 25 minutes from 7:00am to 10:00pm and every hour from 10:00pm to 7:00am. This is closest resort to Porto Seguro and the easiest to get to:
By car: After the crossing, you should take a paved road for 4 km, or if you prefer you can leave Porto Seguro and take the road BR-367, go on for 25 km to Eunápolis, until the road junction on the left side, with the road BA-001. Then, go ahead for 36 km until Arraial d’Ajuda.

TRANSCOSO ||TOP|| Salvador 756 km; Porto Seguro 26 km; Itabela 70 km
 

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"Ok, if you don't like alcohol, go with coconut water, very good in this places. If you want to go on carnival, you will have to make reservations at least 3 months before.

You won't find any luxury in this places. You must be prepared because the inns and restaurants are very simple. You won't find night clubs, but there are a lot of party, always outdoors. If you like comfort, is better go to Salvador, where you will find good hotels and restaurants

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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.

PLACES TO STAY
Mundo N'ativa Pousada :  matanativapousada.com.br

Pousada Aldeia das Cores: pousadaaldeiadascores.com.br

Pousada Mundo Verde:
portonet.com.br/mundoverde/default_eng.htm

Pousada Ramona: pousadaramona.com.br

Pousada Som do Mar: pousadasomdomar.com


 

Zen Mandir Resort, Fone: 73 668 1060 Fax: 73 668 1060
Estrada da Praia s/n
www.bahia2000.com.br/zenmandir

Pousada Ramona, Fone: 73-868-1103/1265 Fax: 73-868-1103
R. Jovelino Vieira, s/n
home.openlink.com.br/pousadaramona
 Pousada Brasília, Fone: 73-868-1128 Fax: 73-868-1128
www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Island/4046
 
Pousada Jardim das Margaridas, Telefone: 73-868-1108
 
Pousada Estrela d'Água, Telefone: 73-868-1172
www.portonet.com.br/estreladagua

 

Beaches near Trancoso:
Rio da Barra - swimming, open sea, cut by small stream, small lakes nearby
Trancoso at Trancoso - swimming, sunning, some mangroves
Pedra Grande - swimming, calm waters, many coral reefs, nude swimming in isolated areas

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Trancoso Receptivo
Rua Carlos Alberto Parracho s/n, Centro
Trancoso, Porto Seguro-BA, Brasil
CEP 45818-000
Phone/fax: 00 55 73 668-1333
Phone: 00 55 73 668-1183

English & espanol too
Reservation service & very good guide too

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Webmaster Koki is a former Transcoso resident who now lives in Florida

Trancoso traveler tips & tales by virtualtourist.com


GETTING THERE: You can get there either by bus (about five a day from Arraial d'Ajuda, taking fifty minutes) or on foot . It's a beautiful walk - 12km down the beach from Arraial - but you have to ford a couple of rivers so be prepared to get wet.  
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Make your ticket reservation with decolar.com or by bus with São Geraldo if you are coming from Rio de Janeiro or Águia Branca if you are coming from Salvador                                                                          

Caraíva  ||TOP||  
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. 

"Since there is no electricity, theDownload sky is exceptionally clear. When the moon is full, the nights are as bright as the days" Caraiva.com.br

 

ATTRACTIONS
Only 6 Km from an Indian reserve (Pataxós Indians) in the Monte Pascoal National Park. This is very close to where Pedro Álvares Cabral first stepped foot

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.

Boat Trips - there are two types of boat trips one can take. Either taking a fishing boat (up to 12 people), if you desire to go out in the ocean or a small motor boat or canoe up the river.

Horseback Riding - ride a horse through the Indian reserve, the forests or along the beach,

Beaches near and at Caraíva:
Curuípe(12 km north ), An isolated beach, with shady Amendoeira trees, Espelho - (9 km north) A beach of coral reefs, half way between caraíva and Coruípe
Juacema (or Satu) (3.5 km north) - swimming, fresh water lagoons nearby & small coconut plantation
Caraíva at Caraíva - swimming, snorkeling offshore at Pedra de Tatuaçu reef, rus-tic village at mouth of Caraíva River
Barra Velha (6km south) - swimming, Pataxó Indian village inside Monte Pascoal National Park fronting beach Indians sell crafts such as beautiful bowls, necklaces and combs, made of native woods
Tatuaçu - A large rock formation great for diving located 15 minutes by boat from Caraíva

Pousada Casinhas da Bahia www.caraiva.com.br/casinha_eng.htm
Reservations: (73) 9985-6826 www.caraiva.com.br/ingles/casing.htm
Located along the river is the bar and restaurant serving typical food of the region as well as a variety of others, snacks and pizzas. A complete breakfast is included.
Boat trips by canoe or by motor boat ar available.
Price per night: U$ 15, to U$ 30, per person

Bangalos da Aldeia
www.caraiva.com.br/ingles/bang1ing.htm

55-073-9985-6368 ( Rui Bandeira ) e-mail: [email protected]
 English & espanol spoken
 

GETTING THERE: 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.
by car
BR 101 going north on the highway 101, you will pass by Itamaraju and Monte Pascoal until you get to the 753-Km marker and then enter to your right. (Fill up the tank before you enter the dirt road). When the weather is good; it will take you approximately 2 hours. Try to get there before dark. When you get to Caraíva, follow the signs to the parking lot, leave your car there and cross the river by canoe. caraiva.com.br/

 

Bahia Events
||Bahia Airports || Salvador Beaches
 Itaparica & All Saints Bay ||
aForum-NorthEast  || Salvador Hotels || Brazil Hotel Guide
with left frame menu Salvador City || Salvador Carnaval
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|| Salvador Carnaval
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