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Bahía – A state in Brazil, that I was hardly able to leave

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!

Overview of my journey through Bahía

Overview of my journey through Bahía

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.

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Houses and souvenir shops of Porto Seguro

Porto Seguro

Porto Seguro (left side: church, right side: former prison)

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.

Arrajal d'Ajuda

Arrajal d’Ajuda

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Reunion with Julian

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.

On the way to Trancoso

On the way to Trancoso

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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!

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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.

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Just living our life!

Cooking on fire

Cooking on fire

View from our terrace

View from our terrace

Picking up coconuts with the dunkey

Picking up coconuts with the dunkey

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Getting the coconut flesh

Getting the coconut flesh

The kitchen

The kitchen

Cacao

Cacao

Boats for crossing the river

Boats for crossing the river

Mosaic tree

Mosaic tree that we made

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Cooking

Cooking

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4. Itacaré

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.

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We went almost every day to the beautiful beaches around, playing Ukulele, practicing yoga, cooking good food, walking around.

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Itacaré is a very good surfing spot. But also for non-surfers it has many things to offer.

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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.

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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.

Old town

Old town

Old harbor

Old harbor

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Walking at the cliffs

Walking at the cliffs

Football on the beach

Football on the beach

Beautiful moon

Beautiful moon

Ukulele at the beach

Ukulele at the beach

Beautiful beaches

Beautiful beaches

There are many mangrove forests

There are many mangrove forests

5. Camamu

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.

Camamu

Camamu

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Moqueca

Moqueca

Fishing boats

Fishing boats

Julian, Danilo (couchsurfing guest) and Lucimara

Julian, Danilo (couchsurfing guest) and Lucimara

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.

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In Barra de Pojuca

In Barra de Pojuca

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.

Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte

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.

Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte

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With Gerval and Lissi

With Gerval and Lissi

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Thanks for reading!

-Sarita

PS: Please share below if you  like it! :)

This amazing backpack I am using for my journey. It’s minimalistic and handy, and everything that you really need fits inside :)

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