Ilheus – Itacare – Ilheus
8 Days – From £1,170 per person
This trip will take you to the South of Bahia, a place with beautiful beaches, great seafood and hospitable people. Rocky mountains hide, in their secluded coves, small and delicate fine sand beaches surrounded by dreamy coconut groves. Here you will have a chance to learn about the organic production of chocolate at the traditional farms. The climate is tropical, with an average temperature of 27ºC year round. This is a great trip for adventure seekers who love to surf, but also for a relaxing beach break, away from the buzz of big cities. Capoeira training sessions are also available in this part of Brazil.
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
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.
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.
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.
Day 4 – Bahian Beach Discovery
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.
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.
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.
Day 7 – Departure
After breakfast balance the morning at leisure. The departure is flexible and will be coordinated according to your onward travel plans. Transfers to Ilheus airport will be provided. Alternatively, you can continue your journey through Bahia, to the south, where you can combine your stay with our Bahia Special tour, or to Salvador, where you can experience a bit of culture and continue to Chapada Diamantina.