Porto Seguro – Trancoso – Espelho Beach – Caraiva – Porto Seguro
8 Days – From £1,040 per person
This trip will take you to the south of Bahia to visit the historic town of Porto Seguro, the charming Trancoso and nearby beaches. Porto Seguro is within the area where the Portuguese explorer, Pedro Alvares Cabral, first set foot on the Brazilian soil in year 1500, meeting the native Pataxo tribe who still live here. The local coastline is protected by reefs, the ocean is shallow, calm and crystal clear. Trancoso is situated on a foothill overlooking beautiful beaches, cliffs, rivers and coconut groves. This charming beach town is accessible by an unpaved road from Porto Seguro, the trip takes about 1,5h. The vibrant Quadrado is magical in the evening, with live music and restaurants. Dive into a Bahian discovery trip topped by outstanding natural beauty and relaxation. The trip can be done year-round – a perfect escape to a laid-back beach town and a bit of Brazilian culture.
International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Brazil start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year.
This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor the itinerary to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added and different hotels can be chosen according to your preferences and needs.
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Day 1 – Welcome to the South of Bahia
Today you will arrive at the airport of Porto Seguro in the South of Bahia. Welcome to one of the most relaxed and slow-paced vibes in Brazil, where the sun shines year round and beaches are the finest. After check-in at your pousada go on a city tour. Up the hill is a historic area that has some of the first houses and churches the Portuguese built in Brazil. Visit Sao Benedito Church, Matriz de Nossa Sra da Pena Church, Misericórdia Church, the ruins of the first Jesuit school in Brazil and the Municipal Palace. At the end of visit the symbol of the Portuguese Navigator who discovered Brazil. Overnight at Pousada Pitinga.
Day 2 – Meet the Pataxos
After breakfast, depart to Coroa Vermelha for an Indian tribe immersion day. The reservation is only 30 minutes away, accessible by a tarmac road. Guided by Pataxos you will hike in the forest and look for medicinal and plants used by the Indians. The indigenous people are still preserving their culture with their traditional dances, praying to their gods and wearing traditional clothes. In the afternoon, you will learn about the typical food and make local handicraft. The Pataxos ornate their faces with beautiful paintings and you can also have one should you wish so. You will have a lot of fun getting to know these endangered people in Brazil. Overnight at Pousada Pitinga.
Day 3 – Porto Seguro to Trancoso
After breakfast you will be transferred to Trancoso by an unpaved road. This place has captured the attention and stolen the hearts of many a traveler. It transformed from a remote and unknown village into a beloved spot for many. Check in at your pousada and balance of the day at leisure. Discover the colourful Quadrado with small houses painted in bright pink, daffodil yellow and cobalt blue, built in a simple style with open doors – this is a relaxed place. Trancoso church is the emblem of the town and dates back to the 1600s. Have a charming rustic dinner at one of the delicious small restaurants in the square. Overnight at Pousada Capim Santo.
Day 4 – Espelho Beach
After discovering the beaches near Trancoso, take a full day trip a bit more to the south, to Espelho Beach. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, Espelho has beaches with green clear water, cliffs and the Atlantic rainforest in the background. Though only twenty kilometres farther down the coast than Trancoso, Praia do Espelho feels like a million miles away. Its remote exclusivity is part of what makes it so special. The slightly curved beach contains rich, golden sand and is bookended by rugged white cliffs and palms. Silvinhas, a tiny restaurant with homemade food is another great reason to visit.Overnight at Pousada Capim Santo.
Day 5 – Trancoso
If you always wanted to try your skills and learn the harmonious dance of capoeira, Trancoso is a great place for that and they have a capoeira association in the town. Born from the colonial era, capoeira is a form of martial arts. Various variations are played at different speeds and are accompanied by music. It is possible to learn the rhythms, develop agility and power. Another great thing to do in Trancoso is Luau – a traditional celebration of the moon’s rising with music, dance and drinks. It is truly magical, a must! Some local hotels often organise Luau, especially Uxua. Overnight at Pousada Capim Santo.
Day 6 – Trancoso
There’s something absolutely relaxing about Trancoso, where everyone’s gone to the beach for the morning and once it gets into the late afternoon, they gather for a tasty lunch on the main square. In the evening the live music is there and the atmosphere is very homey and cheerful. Trancoso sits above two main beaches: Praia dos Nativos and Praia dos Coqueiros. You reach them by walking through the mangroves on a wooden walkway. A few beach bars and restaurants are stationed along the sand and the rest is pure nature. As the tide recedes, football games begin and horses gallop here and there. Overnight at Pousada Capim Santo.
Day 7 – Caraiva
Today take a full day trip to another beautiful gem of the Bahian Coast. Caraíva has so far been undiscovered and is therefore totally sweet and unspoiled. Getting there requires some effort, usually ending with a donkey to the door. The town is separated from the road by a river and there are no cars in the village itself – you have to get rowed across in a canoe. The result is a place steeped in calm and tranquility, a piece of paradise. The idle waves, the thin forest, the handsome coconut trees, the colourful fishermen boats – everything is like a romantic melody. The people are really laid back, things happen by a different clock here. Overnight at Pousada Capim Santo.
Day 8 – Departure
The departure is flexible, according to your onward travel arrangements. After breakfast, balance the morning at leisure and in due time you will be transferred to Porto Seguro airport. You can also choose to be based in a more remote village of Caraiva, further south and do the day trips from there. Especially during the busy times of the year such as Christmas and Easter, when Trancoso gets packed, it is worthwhile to stay in other nearby beach villages. You can also combine this trip with a stay in the Pantanal, Amazon or Chapada Diamantina. For more travel ideas see our Brazil Holidays Page.