Itacare via/Salvador

Come check out two of Bahia’s treasures: Salvador, known for its history, culture and beauty; and Itacare, an exquisite destination with over 15 white sand beaches that is one of the most beautiful regions in Brazil. Due to its stunning, protected beaches, clear blue-green waters and perfect waves, Itacare has long been a popular refuge for nature lovers and surfers.

The city of Salvador and the village of Itacare are two destinations that will give you a glimpse of what the state of Bahia is all about. Bahia is one of the main destinations in Brazil and is known for its rich history, culture and unexplored nature.


Salvador and Itacare (7 Nights)

Includes International Flight

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


Itacaré – 3 nights includes:
Domestic Flight
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Itacaré Eco Resort.  Situated on a white sand beach, lined with palm trees and flanked by rainforest covered cliffs, this exotic resort promises to awaken all your senses


Choice of 2 of the 3 tours listed below:
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
After breakfast you’ll be driven to the Salvador airport from 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 6
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 7
After breakfast today you‘ll go on 1 of the 2 tours you didn't do yesterday. 

Day 8
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 are certain that you will have enjoyed your trip and we look forward to seeing you again in Brazil.


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