The tourism board is another alternative tourism, which has received in the seas around the world, today is the meeting point in Brazil and to be more precise, from Salvador de Bahia, the key city of popular culture, arrive here within two hours of sailing to Morro de Sao Paulo, where you can enjoy the beach.
Morro de Sao Paulo Morro is quiet, but busy night, especially after the Carnival. Many travelers come from Bahia to rest the big party that is lived there, but only serve to extend it another seven days … they are dancing.
Beaches and tropical flavors:
Most come from Bay catamaran, after two hours of quiet navigation. On the dock waiting trucks. Some forty well-organized youth involved loading the bags and luggage to the hotels. The first part of the road is uphill, so that almost everyone asks for their help. They charge 7 reales per bag, or 10 if they are very heavy (Brazilian currency).
The first information received is the table of the tides. It depends much of the state, and that the sea can block access when it is very high, even complicate the return hike when we left. So it’s good to know their schedules. The cycle is repeated twice a day: the sea advances every six hours, and every six hours back.
From the pier, after leaving behind the imposing gateway of the seventeenth century and the church of one tower, one reaches the main square, where two roads split. The most important is Caminho da Praia, also called the Broadway, which goes to the first beach. En route you pass shops, fruit stalls, fresh oysters and delicacies from Barbara (a little table with homemade). And a couple of money exchange, you better not use. The ideal is to take real, because change is bad, as in any isolated place. On the same street are installed afternoon tropical drinks stations, where “caipirinha” is just one more drink. Although it is tasty.
The beaches are most wanted Second, because it has lots of sand and move into their inns, and the Fourth, extensive and less urbanized than the other. The First and Third is small, narrow, to the extent that disappears at night, when the tide moves. Among the more distant stands Gamboa.
The return to Garapuá:
Browse for other beaches is an almost inevitable choice for the beauty of the surroundings. Boats depart every morning from the Third, especially to turn around Garapuá Island, the most typical excursion. Boaters are partners, so that guarantee the quality of the ride, but also too much company, because they lead to all visitors to these sites. One is snorkeling, lift your head and go get a boat after another. So the best thing is to talk in advance with the captain and decide on the roadmap to go for a few moments of solitude.
The first station is a coral area, ideal for a first swim mask. Then Boipeia second natural pool, with beautiful beaches and a famous man: Guido, an expert on lobsters. Fisher and chef, he prepares the best dishes indigenous to the area!.
The following season, Boca da Barra, is full of restaurants. From there, the rivers of hell (mangrove channels where the natives ambushed the Portuguese) lead to Cairú, the second oldest city in the country in 1501.
Salvador de Bahia:
Salvador de Bahia, where women dressed in white really jump the waves, throw flowers and sing along with food and lipsticks. The offerings are for Yemanya, goddess and mistress of the seas, “a very charming and elegant holy” they say. In this way celebrate the New Year but also other parties, which fortunately are many. The important thing is to participate at least one, because come to Bahia and missing the holidays is like stepping on the white sand of northern Brazil and stay out at sea.
The celebrations are on the coast and the street, with the maximum exponent Carnival. There are pilgrimages departing or arriving to any of the 180 churches! of the city. Always accompany the drums.
A view of cobbled streets and colonial houses is seen in Pelourinho, beautiful place, but also hyper tourism. One should move away from its main blocks to enjoy it in peace, although I can not leave without visiting, for example, the Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, with their roofs and walls full of gold. The figures that decorate its interior is also a journey into the past, when the slaves decided to take revenge, designing angels angry and distorted. Slaves could not pray in the church because, according to its owners, had no soul. But they had to work on them, and their work remains intact.
Just outside of Pelourinho, a statue of the black poet Castro Alves. Here begins part of Carnival, which is divided into three zones. The first is filled with electric trios, bands playing on trucks. The circuit of the lighthouse bar and get to the beach of Ondina. It is the tourist, while the most familiar is the third Batatinha through the streets of the historic center, where trucks do not enter.
Birthplace of great artists, Bahia is considered by many the cultural capital of Brazil. Nearly 2 million people arriving for the carnival, with major figures across the country. But the majority arriving during the year, called by its climate and beauty of its beaches.
Carnival, beaches and tours in Salvador de Bahia, are a paradise!