North East Brazil Take 1

11 days from £2,250 pp incl flights, accommodation & transfers

There's culture and history and then there is Bahia with it's Pelourinho and Barra and links to Africa and of course Brazil's most authentic Carnival celebrations

Bahianas out on the town

This is the real cultural heart of Brazil, Pelourinho, Salvador in Bahia takes your breath away and you can hear the renowned Afro-bloco musical ensemble Olodum practice daily in the main square to boot!

Carnival in Salvador

This colonial throwback is still alive and kicking, this is where capoeira reaches its perfection and where Africa still lays it’s hand over much of what goes on here. Chocolate, Amado and the ‘real’ carnival manifest itself
Day 1 - Boipeba

• Day 1: Depart Salvador by car for overland transfer to Boipeba, passing through Cachoeira, São Felix on the opposite bank of the Paraguaçu River, Maragogipe taking the recently opened road to São Roque and on to Nazaré. From here it is approx 1½ hours to Valença, then a short distance to Graciosa where we board a private boat for the 45 minute river trip through mangroves and river estuary to Boipeba. You are then met on arrival with a short (1 min) walk to the pousada. Your luggage will be carried by pousada staff. Estimate time: six hours allowing for a lunch stop en route. Overnight at Boipeba

Day 2 - Boipeba

• Day 2: Time at leisure to enjoy the wonderful beaches on the island, maybe take a boat trip to the ocean reefs, or an invigorating hike across the island. Overnight at Boipeba

Day 3 - Barra Grande

• Day 3: Depart Boipeba for Graciosa on the mainland which will be 45 minutes by boat. You’re then met on arrival by awaiting vehicle and drive to Camamu, the main town in the bay of the same name, the third largest bay in Brazil. Board waiting speed boat and cross the bay to Barra Grande. Check in at pousada. Rest of afternoon free to enjoy the calm waters of the bay There is a selection of excellent local restaurants in Barra Grande for your evening meal. Overnight at Barra Grande

Day 4 - Barra Grande

• Day 4: Depending on tide tables depart in 4 wheel drive vehicle to Taipu de Fora. The receding tide uncovers a 400 metre long natural swimming pool with some of the best snorkeling in Bahia. Optional lunch at Bar das Meninas. Return to pousada and overnight in Barra Grande

Day 5 - Itacaré

• Day 5: After breakfast we board a 4 wheel drive vehicle for the 2½ hour drive skirting the ocean in may parts to the banks of the Rio de Conta river, with a stop en route for a scenic overview of the coastline. At the river we board the local barge for the crossing to Itacaré to check in at the pousada for a 2 night stay. Overnight at Itacaré

Day 6 - Itacaré

• Day 6: Full day tour of Engenhoca e Hawaizinha beaches. Overnight at Itacaré

Day 7 - Una

• Day 7: Hotel pick up and transfer to Una via Ilhéus. This is the birthplace of internationally renowned novelist Jorge Amado. Early lunch in the Vesuvius Restaurant, scenario for many of Amado´s novels and visit the Bataclan museum annex. This was the cabaret, cassino and bordelo much used by the landed elite of the region and, as such played, an integral part in Amado´s novels. The building was completely renovated in 2004 into a restaurant, bar, cybercafé, cigar store as well as preserving much of its original character. After lunch continue by vehicle to Una / Canavieiras 122 kms south of Ilhéus. The town is one of the best kept colonial towns in Bahia, a testament to it’s former wealth derived from the sugar and cocoa booms of the last century. Overnight in Una

Day 8 - Belmonte

• Day 8: Hotel pick up and board private speedboat for the 1½ hour trip through the estuary of the Pardo River to sleepy Belmonte on the southern bank of the river. Here you will once again be met by car and driven to Santo André with an optional lunch and a traditional beach hut on Gauai Beach. After lunch continue to Pousada Victor Hugo and check in junior suíte apts. Overnight in Belmonte

Day 9 - Trancoso

• Day 9: Check out and drive south to the river crossing in Santa Cruz da Cabralia and on to Trancoso for a 2 night stay. Check in at the pousada with the rest of day at your leisure. The famous Quadrado is host to a wide selection of excellent restaurants. Overnight in Trancoso

Day 10 - Trancoso

• Day 10: Free day to relax on the local beaches or optional trip to Praia do Espelho, 40 kms south, considered one of the best in Bahia. Overnight in Trancoso

• Day 11: Free time until the transfer to the airport returning to the UK

N. East Brazil Hotels

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    Pousada Vila dos Pássaros

      Vila dos Pássaros Inn is located in an Environment Protection Area (APA Itacaré). It is within 150m from the Conchas Beach, and 300m from the Tiririca Beach: Costa do Cacau surf paradise. Seen from the Ponta do Xareu, the Contas River encounters the multicolored sunset where you can find peace, harmony, tranquility and hospitality close to the Atlantic Forest

      Its cozy and friendly ambience, together with a close contact with nature makes your stay at "Vila dos Pássaros" Inn an unforgettable vacation

      The pleasure of being in Itacare starts with a delicious breakfast with many ingredients from the local cuisine. Visiting the beaches, doing the trails, practicing adventure sports, or just relaxing at Praia da Concha, Ribeira or at Itacarezinho makes every single day an experience of pleasure, beauty and delight
    Location: Itacaré, Bahia - Brazil

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    Pousada Anjali

      Surrounded by jasmine, hibiscus, banana, and other tropical plants and trees, Anjali offers both simplicity and elegance in a private and tranquil environment.

      Built in 2006 Anjali consists of just 2 rooms on almost 5,000 square meters of lush foliage and only a 3 minute walk from the beautiful Boca da Barra beach

      Day begins with birdsong and a hearty breakfast of fruits, juice, coffee, fresh bread, cheese, yogurt, pastry, and eggs enjoyed in the privacy of your veranda

      Large verandas built around a Pau Pombo tree overlook a seasonal creek. With hammocks and chairs for relaxing with a book or drink, there is still room for your yoga mat

      Two spacious rooms Santosha and Treehouse feature complete kitchens, filtered water, ceiling fans, comfortable custom beds, glass windows and local artwork
    Location: Ilha de Boipeba, Bahia, Brazil

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    Pousada Mundo Verde

      The hotel lies just 3 minutes from a quiet road in a tranquil spot not far from the hostorical centre of Trancoso.

      Mundo Verde also offers a beautiful retreat from the pressurised cities and is i direct contact with the natural world lapping at it's edges

      The vistas afforded by the poussada spans the internal waterways and also across to the sea too
    Location: Trancoso (Porto Seguro), Bahia, Brazil

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    Baia Sul Hotel

      Baia Sul Hotel is situated in Barra Grande, 66,4 km from Itacaré and 81 km from Camamu. There is a TV room on site and guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. WiFi is featured and free is available on site

      Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom

      Marau is 24.9 km away
    Location: Barra Grande, Bahia, Brazil

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    Pousada Victor Hugo

      Located in a protected environmental area surrounded by semi-virgin beaches

      The pousada features 10 apartments with good taste combined with ethnic designs

      On the private beach the bar offers side services, including wine, spirits and traditional appetizers

      In the inn, the restaurant offers regional Bahian and international dishes
    Location: Santa Cruz Cabrália, Bahia, Brazil

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    Pousada Taipú de Fora

      This poussada (guest house) has 24 large suites that are clean and modern, they also have air conditioning, plus a fridge, telephone and cable television for all those telenovelas that you're likely to love

      Blue sea, warm and crystal clear waters, white sand and thousands of coconut trees are some of the features that compose the 2.5 km beach Taipu de Fora. On foot or by bicycle, walk through one of the loveliest beaches in the country is a unique experience, energizing and mandatory for those who come to this paradise. * Tip Taipu de Fora: Plan to visit us during periods of full moon and new moon, when the tide has greater variation and natural pools are shaped in even more spectacular ways
    Location: Fazenda Taipu de Fora, S/N, Barra Grande, Bahia, Brazil

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    Pousada Estrela

      Pousada Estrela (Star's Innn) has a privileged location, in the way of the beaches and so close to the downtown/center. You stay near to everything that Itacare offers... you will fid here, tranquility and pleasantness... all this just 600 meters from the surf's beach (Praia do Surf), and 5 minutes of walk to the seshell's beach (Praia da Concha)

      Rooms come with air conditioning, a minibar, colour television, a roof fan and en-suite toilet
    Location: Itacaré, Bahia, Brazil

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