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Surfing & Chocolate

Surfing and Chocolate Tour is a 7-day private guided itinerary in Brazil, starting in Ilheus. This active beach program will take you to the wonderful coast of southern Bahia. Here, the climate is tropical, with an average temperature of 27ºC year round. The tour was exceptionally designed for adventure seekers who love to surf on crowd-less beaches. Rocky mountains hide, in their secluded coves, small and delicate fine-sand beaches, which are surrounded by dreamy coconut groves. Itacare is perfect for relaxation and wellness. In-between mastering the waves, visit a traditional cacao farm to learn about organic chocolate production. Apart from surfing, you can also try yourself at capoeira – Itacare is without doubt one of the best places to be introduced to the famous Brazilian martial art. You will stay at a beautiful boutique hotel with a highly-rated restaurant. Fresh seafood and organic food are always on the menu.

7 Days – From £1,170 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Ilheus, Itacare, Ilheus

  • 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 
  • 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 Ilheus Airport (IOS) which is connected by flight to 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 Ilheus

Upon arrival at Ilheus (IOS) airport you will be transferred by road to Itacaré (1h). Check in at your pousada and take a walk through the cobblestone streets with colonial houses from the Black Gold era, when the cocoa barons contributed to the building up Itacaré. It is impossible not to fall in love with the beauty, flavors, history, swinging rhythm and colors of this part of Bahia. Luanda, Filhos de Zumbi and Tribo do Porto are three capoeira groups in Itacaré. Their training sessions are open to visitors and the shows are highly recommended. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Vila Barracuda.

Organic cacao fruits from the south of Bahia in Brazil

Day 2 - Chocolate

After breakfast visit two of the most important organic cocoa farms in the region,  Santa Tereza and Vila Rosa farm. Visit the on-site museum and the production area, where you will taste and also try making chocolate yourself. Lunch will be included. The seeds of cocoa were first brought to Bahia in 1746 from the Amazon and planted on the Cubículo farm. Cocoa brought wealth to Bahia. It has been wonderfully documented in a number of novels by Jorge Amado, one of Bahia’s greatest writer, who traced the glories and tragedies of the cocoa trade. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight at Vila Barracuda.

organic chocolate produced at Santa Tereza cacao farm in the South of Bahia in Brazil

Day 3 - Surfing

After breakfast spend the day at leisure to enjoy the paradise-like beaches of Itacaré. The waves in this part of Brazil are perfect for surfing and lessons can be arranged. The region hosts to a wide variety of surf spots with different characteristics. Many of them remain uncrowded most of the time due to their remote location. From May to September, when swells and winds turn south, Pontal offers excellent surf conditions. Boca da Barra has one of the longest rideable waves in Brazil. Whenever there is a solid & clean east swell, Corais provides long tubes at low tide. Tiririca offers consistent short, fast, and hollow waves nearly year round. Overnight at Vila Barracuda.

surfer catching a big wave in Itacaré - one of the best places in Brazil for surfing

Day 4 - Beach Hopping

South of Bahia has some of the finest uncrowded beaches in Brazil. Getting there requires some effort as the roads are unpaved, but it is absolutely worthwhile. After breakfast, depart on the Four Beaches Tour, a trail passing by 4 beautiful interconnecting beaches – Engenhoca, Havaizinho, Camboa and Itacarezinho. On the last beach there is of the best beach restaurants in Itacaré. Also, at the end of the tour you will visit a waterfall, Cachoeira do Tijuípe. Duration of whole tour: Approx 5 hrs. Swim, surf, snorkel, get a tan and try some beach snacks such as tapioca or acaraje! Return to Itacare in the late afternoon. Overnight at Vila Barracuda.

tropical coconut tree beach in the South of Bahia with a glorious coastline

Day 5 - Marau

After breakfast take a tour along the Maraú Peninsula. The off road path is passing through scenic coconut groves and beautiful beaches. Barra Grande is a tranquil village located on the tip of the peninsula where you can stop for lunch. This old fisherman village has managed to preserve its unique charm and environment with a typical relaxed lifestyle, partly due to difficult access. On this trip you can access Taipus de Fora. It is specially good during a full or new moon, when the tide is low and there are beautiful natural pools in the reefs, ideal for snorkelling or diving. Overnight at Vila Barracuda.

deserted long beach shaded by tall coconut trees in the Marau Peninsula in Brazil

Day 6 - Surfing & Capoeira

After breakfast, spend a day at leisure on the beach, taking surf lessons or learning new skills in a capoeira workshop. Capoeira arrived in Brazil in the 16th century, with the slaves of the bantu ethnic group. Camouflaged in dance, because of persecution, the fight became art, incorporating music and instruments, such as berimbau, tambourine and caxixi. Capoeira has three styles that differ in the movements and in the accompanying musical rhythm: capoeira Angola, regional capoeira and contemporary capoeira, which combines the two first styles. Nowadays this is the most practiced one. Overnight at Vila Barracuda.

sunny day at the beach with coconut trees in Itacaré, located in the north-east of Brazil

Day 7 - Back to Ilheus

After breakfast balance the morning at leisure. The departure is flexible and will be coordinated according to your onward travel plans. If you wish to take more surfing and capoeira lessons, an extended stay of a few weeks is recommended. Transfers to Ilheus airport will be provided. Continue your journey through Bahia, to Trancoso & Caraiva, or to the vibrant city of Salvador and the table mountains of Chapada Diamantina

the tall white church in Ilhéus in the state of Bahia in Brazil

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