Boutique Travel Experts

Secret Bahia

The Secret Bahia Tour is a 8-day beach holiday program packed with a bit of history and culture in the north-east of Brazil. This region enjoys year-round sunshine and is a great choice for a holiday anytime round the year. Discover the outstanding natural beauty of the Bahian coast, one of the best places in South America to enjoy the beach. Visit the historic town of Porto Seguro, the laid-back village of Trancoso and pristine white-sand beaches. Meet the indigenous Pataxo tribe and learn about their traditional way of life. Discover miles of coastline with crystal clear waters and tidal natural pools. Sip in the relaxed atmosphere of Trancoso and Caraiva, in the shade of tall coconut groves. In the evening, dine at rustic restaurants in the vibrant Quadrado, enjoying live music. Simple and magical. For active travellers, south of Bahia is a great place to learn capoeira and surfing. This program is suitable for families travelling with children, as well as couples, groups of friends and senior travellers. The tour includes accommodation at small boutique pousadas with a lot of comfort and charm. 

8 Days – From £1,040 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Porto Seguro, Trancoso, Praia do Espelho, Caraiva, Porto Seguro

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car and boat on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees 
  • 1 large bottle of water per day per person
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Brazil)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, 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. The starting point is Porto Seguro Airport (BPS) which is connected by flight to Rio, Sao Paulo, Salvador and Belo Horizonte.

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Brazil, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp (+44 7 308 449 233) or email us at brazil@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in Brazil, like the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the exciting Amazon rainforest, the fascinating Pantanal or the deep canyons of the south. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Brazil Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Welcome to Porto Seguro

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.

the small historic colonial church in the centre of Porto Seguro, a city in the south of Bahia in Brazil

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.

Pataxos indian in Porto Seguro in Brazil

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.

colourful houses in the rustic Brazilian village of Trancoso in the south of Bahia

Day 4 - Praia do Espelho

After discovering the beaches near Trancoso, take a full day trip a bit more to the south, to praia do Espelho. 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.

 

tall coconut palm trees and the idyllic beach of Espelho in the south of Bahia in Brazil

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.

a group of capoeira dancers on the beach in Brazil

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.

the long white sand beach in Trancoso, a rustic village in the south of Bahia in Brazil

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.

colourful wooden fishing boats docked in the castaway rustic beachfront village of Caraiva, located in the south of Bahia in Brazil

Day 8 - Back to Porto Seguro

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 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.

the blooming red flamboyant tree and colorful rustic houses in the beach village of Trancoso in the south of Bahia, a great vacation destination in Brazil

* NOTE : If you are interested in multi-day capoeira lessons, surfing lessons, horse riding, scenic air transfers, diving, yoga and wellness programs – we can tailor this trip to you. Tell us more about the activities you like.

More Holiday Inspiration

In BrazilOther Destinations