Brazil´s northern state of Bahia is a sun-drenched and culturally exciting destination.  Situated on the coast with the turquoise Atlantic Ocean lapping at its shores it offers white sandy beaches and tropical islands. Inland you will find the stunning Chapada Diamantina National Park, ideal for hikers wanting to discover sweeping forested valleys, river and cave systems and tumbling waterfalls. The lively capital is São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos - or more commonly known as 'Salvador'.  This was Brazil's first capital, established in 1549, and is now the epicentre of Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian culture. Stroll the narrow cobbled streets of the UNESCO protected old town, take in the well-preserved, pastel-hued Spanish colonial houses and the gilded Baroque-looking churches, adorned inside with gold, silver and precious gems. Visit the Museo de Arte Sacra (housed in a former Carmelite monastery) to see one of Brazil’s most important collections of religious art. Shop for souvenirs at Mercado Modelo, catch a boat to Sao Marcelo do Mar Fortress, or simply linger at a sidewalk café, sipping strong coffee and admiring the locals in their traditional colourful shawls, long full skirts and turban-like head coverings.

Why we like it

  • Deserted beaches
  • Dense bird filled rainforests
  • Whale watching July to November
  • Chapada Diamantina NP waterfalls
  • Endangered turtle sightings
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