Itacare and Arraial D'Ajuda via/Salvador

Come check out a bundle of Bahia’s treasures: Salvador, known for its history, culture and beauty; Arraial D'Ajuda, known for its idyllic beaches, vibrant nightlife and its nature reserve of original Atlantic rainforest; Itacare, an exquisite destination with over 15 stunning, clear blue-green waters and perfect waves; and Praia do Forte, a quaint fisherman village, known for its beaches, restaurants and artisan shops.

Salvador, Arraial D’Ajuda, Itacare, and Praia do Forte (14 Nights)

Includes International Fight

Salvador - 4 nights includes:
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:   Apartment in Barra, just blocks from the beach and from many good bars and restaurants


Full day city tour featuring Pelourinho, a typical Bahian lunch, Mercado Modelo, and other historical sites
Feijoada (ethnic cuisine) in Rio Vermelho (bohemian beachside neighborhood)
Bay islands tour
Moqueca (ethnic cuisine) at Flamengo Beach
Samba night club


Praia do Forte - 3 nights includes:
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Tia Helena, a simple, clean, warm welcome right near the beach


4-wheeler tour through Atlantic forest with a river stop
Canoe trip down the pristine Imbassai River
Typical Bahian lunch at Diogo - a fishing village
Horseback riding
Sauipe River Catamaran


Arraial D’Ajuda - 3 nights includes:
Domestic Flight
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Pousada Alto Mar


Half day city tour of Porto Seguro
Full day tour to Arraial d'Ajuda and Trancoso
Jaqueira Indian Reservation or Vera Cruz Preservation Unit
Snorkeling at Recife de Fora 


Itacaré – 4 nights includes:
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Itacaré Eco Resort situated on a white sand beach lined with palm trees and flanked by rainforest covered cliffs

Prainha Tour – full day tour to Prainha Beach
Usina and Jeribucacu Tour – full day tour to Usina and Jeribucacu Beaches
Rafting and Rappel Tour – full day tour


Day-by-day Itinerary
Day 1
A private driver will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your apartment.   You may want to relax on the beach with a cold beer and sample the Bahian delights in the beach huts.  We suggest the shrimp on a stick, the smoked cheese, or the local favorite, acaraje. 

By night, we’ll be having dinner at the Solar da União, also the venue of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, where you can enjoy Brazilian food and drinks during a folkloric show.  This show features an excellent presentation of local perspectives from capoeira to samba, ancient slave dances, and even a sample of candomblé, a religious rite typical in this region.

Day 2
After breakfast, you’ll begin your journey through Salvador visiting Pelourinho, the historical district of the city, followed by a delicious Bahian lunch.  Then you’ll visit the Mercado Modelo, a handicraft market that used to be the merchandise and slave-trading outpost of the city.  Here you can buy many handicrafts and local products.  Make sure you visit the dungeon below the market where the slaves were kept prior to sale.  Samba show by night.

Day 3
After breakfast, a schooner will pick us up at the docks and take us on a cruise to a couple of the islands in the bay.  The trip takes all day, includes all you can drink beer, cachaca, and local fruits.  We’ll enjoy local music on the boat until we reach island beaches where we can have lunch.  We’ll visit Ponta de Areia Beach and Ilha dos Frades before heading back for sunset. 

Day 4
Today we’ll head to what the locals regard as the best beach in Salvador:  Flamengo Beach.  Relax and take in the scenery.  We’ll have a typical Bahian meal called ‘moqueca’ which is fish and shrimp stew.  We’ll head back to town around sunset.

Day 5
This morning you’ll be transported by a private vehicle to Praia do Forte.  The journey takes roughly an hour, and when you arrive you will check into Tia Helena.  After lunch we suggest you visit the Tamar Project (turtle NGO) Visitor Center and then on to Papa Gente's Natural Pools for snorkeling.

Day 6
After breakfast, you’ll be taking an 8-hour adventure tour.  Begin by exploring the region of Sauipe, where you’ll take a 4-Wheeler Tour through the Atlantic forest vegetation and along rivers.  During the ride, there’ll be a stop at the Sauípe River for a swim and to go down the rapids on inner tubes.  Lunch will be at a fisherman's village.  Then you’ll take a canoe trip down the pristine Imbassai River which is surrounded by snow-white dunes.

Day 7
Today you may choose between one of 2 tours:  Horseback riding or Sauipe River Catamaran


    1. Horseback ride will begin by taking you through a lake, then along sand dunes, followed by a trail through tropical forest to the Castelo Garcia D'Avila and finally winding down and along the beach back to the village.
    2. 7 km Catamaran ride to the mouth of the River Sauipe, passing through beautiful areas of coastal rainforest vegetation and mangroves.  A specialist guide will tell you about the various ecosystems and you’ll have the opportunity to swim and do a bit of bird watching.


    Day 8
    We suggest you take the morning to relax by the pool or on the beach and maybe do some last-minute shopping in the village for presents to take back home.   After lunch, you’ll be driven in a private vehicle to the airport to catch a flight to Porto Seguro.   At the Porto Seguro airport you’ll be met by a private driver and be driven to Pousada Alto Mar in Arraial d'Ajuda.

    The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy.


    Day 9
    After breakfast today you’ll be taken on a full-day boat tour to visit the beaches of Espelho and Curuipe.  The tour sets off from the beautiful beach of Pitinga, from where you’ll travel south in a schooner along the Bahian coast with marvelous views of all the beaches in the region – Taipe, Rio da Barra, Nativos, Coqueiros, the nudist beach, Setiquara and many more, until you reach the beaches of Curuipe and Espelho.  Here you’ll have the afternoon to relax on these lovely deserted beaches, under the shade of a palm tree, or in the warm crystal blue waters.  On the way back to Pitinga, you’ll see a gorgeous sunset over the ocean, and if you’re lucky you’ll see the bright red new moon rising over the horizon.

    Day 10
    Today you’ll visit the most rustic village in the region – Caraiva.  Start off by trekking through lush, green Atlantic rain forest until you reach a tiny little village, forgotten by time, with no electricity, telephones, and no motorized vehicles.  Here you’ll have to cross the Caraiva River in a wooden canoe, exactly like the original native Indians in this region would have done centuries ago.

    On the other side of the river, a boat will be waiting to transport you down the river on a safari to a farmhouse, where horses will be waiting.  Your horse ride through marshes will take you to Monte Pascoal, which is where the Pataxo Indians live.  You’ll see how they live, get to know a bit about their culture and see their artisan wares.  Continue along Caraiva's stunning beaches until the village center, where you’ll have the option to relax on the beach, swim, sunbathe, and have lunch.

    Day 11
    After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the Porto Seguro airport where you’ll take a flight to Ilheus (40 min flight).  Upon arrival in Ilheus you’ll be driven by private vehicle to Itacare (about one hour's drive).  After your journey you might want to relax and check out what your hotel has to offer before having dinner in the village.  We suggest dinner at the Beco das Flores Pizzaria in the village.


    Day 12
    Today you will have a choice of 1 of 3 tours after breakfast.


    Prainha Beach – this beach is considered one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in Brazil.  The one and a half hour walking trail takes you along the beaches of Resende, Tiririca, Costa and Ribeira and over Atlantic rainforest covered hills.  You’ll pass waterfalls, where you’ll have an opportunity to cool off and visit incredible viewpoints to take photos.  Prainha Beach has numerous coconut palms to quench your thirst and provide shade from the sun.

    Usina and Jeribucacu Trail – this walking trail takes you through Atlantic rainforest to a beautiful waterfall situated next to the ruins of a power station dating back to 1942, when Itacare was at the height of its cocoa-growing era.  The 80 foot high waterfall forms a natural swimming pool in the middle of the rainforest, where it is possible to bathe.  The trail continues along the banks of the River Jeribucacu where you will observe the local diverse flora, including trees dating back hundreds of years, and wild orchids.  The trail ends at the mouth of the river where it enters the sea at Jeribucacu Beach.  Arruda Beach is next to it, which has beautiful natural pools at low tide.

    Rafting and Rappelling – You’ll be taken in a 4-wheel drive vehicle to the village of Taboquinhas, 34 km outside of Itacare.  There you‘ll be given instructions and necessary equipment.  The rafting is a one and a half hour descent through a Canyon, over rapids in the Rio de Contas.  Rappelling is at the 15 meter high Nore Waterfall, where you will rappel down the middle of the waterfall.


    Day 13
    After breakfast today you‘ll go on 1 of the 2 tours you didn't do yesterday. 


    Day 14
    After breakfast today you‘ll go on the remaining tour.


    Day 15
    On your last day in Itacare, we suggest you take the morning to relax by the pool or on the beach before checking out and being driven to the airport in Ilheus. 


    We’re certain that you will have enjoyed your trip and we look forward to seeing you again in Brazil.


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