More than 3 months, I stayed in Bahía. From May to August. Coming from the state Espírito Santo in the south of Bahía, I travelled slowly northwards, all along the stunning coast, including staying on some special places for weeks or even one month.
I saw fantastic places, met awesome people, learned a lot!
Here I will tell you a bit about some places that I have visited, and experiences I made on the journey.
1. Nature close living
close to Cumuruxativa. About this experience I wrote a separate post.
2. Porto Seguro and Arrajal d’Ajuda
Julian arrived. Finally. Since 5 months, we haven’t seen each other. I left Rodrigos site close to Cumuruxativa, where I stayed for one month, and headed towards Porto Seguro, to pick up Julian from the airport.
Porto Seguro has an interesting little “old city center”, with a church, a museum (former prison), some nice houses in colonial style, and plenty of souvenir shops.
From the harbor of Porto Seguro one can get to the half-island Arrajal d’Ajuda by ferry. The ticket is quite cheap. We did this. Just to figure out, that Arrajal d’Ajuda is an quite expensive tourist spot. But it has nice corners, for example the little town church with a great view to the ocean. If you walk along the beach in southern direction, the landscape becomes very nice, endless, calm and with just a few people, until deserted, walking in southern direction.
One day, we walked the whole way to Trancoso along the beach. It’s stunning! The walk takes around 4 hours and it’s absolutly worth it.
3. Volunteering at eco-cacao farm close to Itacaré
By bus one hour from Itacaré, on the way to Ubaitaba, is the eco-cacao farm “Pura Vida” located. Julian and I stayed there and volunteered for one week. We taught how to make coconut oil, helped with the whole cacao process, and with general maintenance of the farm, as well as cooking delicious and healthy food. We even created a mosaic tree! It was a very nice time, in the middle of nature. Reconnecting with nature!
To get to the farm, one has to cross a river paddling with a small boat. There is no electricity, and we cooked on a fire stove. In the morning, with the sunrise, I practiced yoga, then we made breakfast, worked until midday, lunch, then worked a bit more and in the afternoon we enjoyed our time with just relaxing, swimming in the river, reading, making music, handicraft, etc.
Just living our life!
After our adventure in Pura Vida, including little worms that we found in our feet, we spent two amazing weeks in a shared flat in Itacaré. The people, we shared the space and time with were awesome. A group of Brazilian photographers, and Leana with her daughter Blanca and the dog Indie.
We went almost every day to the beautiful beaches around, playing Ukulele, practicing yoga, cooking good food, walking around.
Itacaré is a very good surfing spot. But also for non-surfers it has many things to offer.
Here is the beach Prainha, where we walked once to. It takes around one hour, along a path in the jungle. Just ask the people in Itacaré, they can explain the way.
Watching the sunset from the northern extreme of the beach Praia da Concha, where are some rocks, is always worth it. Walking to the old town center and the harbor, where you can find many fishermen, is also very nice. Ah, and you definitely have to try a delicious Acarajé.
A little fishing town, where we stayed at Lucimaras place couchsurfing. Even though, the town has nothing special to offer, we had a great time with Lucimara. We went to the weekly market and bought plenty of fresh and organic food, like fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, self made chocolates and other candies, juice, and fish. It was an adventure itself. Afterwards we cooked together Moqueca, a typical Bahían dish using Dende Palm oil, coconut milk, fish, and a lot of vegetables.
6. Barra de Pojuca
Here we stayed couchsurfing at a site and camping place in the nature, by a lake. It was a time of just relaxing, going to the lake, being creative.
7. Praia do Forte
A very touristy and expensive spot,where we stayed just one day. The beaches are very nice onie you walk for some time in southern direction. There is the project “Tamar”, which is supposed to be a turtle conservation project, but for me it appeals more like a tourist attraction.
Luckily, we got invited through couchsurfing by Gerval and Lissi, a great couple, who have a beach house close to Praia do Forte. So they picked us up and we spent a nice time at their house and the beach, preparing barbecue, listening to music and talking a long time at their terrace.
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This amazing backpack I am using for my journey. It’s minimalistic and handy, and everything that you really need fits inside