State of Bahia
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From Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Paradise Island Daytrip

1. From Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Paradise Island Daytrip

Depart Salvador and journey by ferry to Itaparica Island. Then take a short drive to the city of Valencia, and continue by speedboat to what is affectionately known as "The Hill" by Bahian locals. On arrival at Morro de São Paulo, discover beaches of white sand, crystal-clear waters, coconut trees and dense Atlantic forest. Relax in the off-beat location, characterized by beaches with numbers instead of names. Experience the friendly village atmosphere, where cars are forbidden and the hospitable people hang out in the bars and restaurants. Take part in optional activities such as horseback rides and zipline adventures, or just wander among the many enchanting sights. Suitable for all ages and tastes, Morro de São Paulo is home to cheerful dancing and cocktails on the beach. Join the locals and drink caipirinhas, or dip your toes in the calm waters of the ocean. Alternatively, you can take the 2-hour catamaran direct from Salvador to Morro de São Paulo if you want more time on the island. There is also the option to spend the night at Morro de São Paulo should you wish to linger a little longer at the end of the day. Return to Salvador in the late afternoon if you don't want to take advantage of this option.

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From Salvador: Praia do Forte & Guarajuba Beach Daytrip

2. From Salvador: Praia do Forte & Guarajuba Beach Daytrip

Your full-day tour of the north coast of Bahia begins with a visit to the urban beaches of Salvador. Continue along the picturesque Coconut Road to the Forte Beach, located at the edge of the Sapiranga sustainable rainforest conservation site. In addition to admiring beautiful beaches, natural pools and a charming fishing village by the sea, you’ll visit the turtle sanctuary and learn about marine conservation projects. See artwork and handicrafts produced in the region as well. Enjoy a break for lunch by the beach at Guarajuba, known for its coconut palms and inviting crystal-clear waters.

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Salvador: Dos Frades & Itaparica Islands Full-Day Boat Tour

3. Salvador: Dos Frades & Itaparica Islands Full-Day Boat Tour

Discover the largest bay in Brazil at Baía de Todos os Santos, known by the indigenous Kirimurê as Tupinambás. Following pickup from your hotel, see the sights of the bay as you cruise across the water aboard a typical schooner. Take in the magnificent views of Salvador and listen to samba music as you sip refreshing drinks, such as local caipirinhas, purchased on board.  Disembark at one of the 56 islands in the bay, such as pretty Ilha dos Frades, where the beaches, mountains, and native trees will take your breath away. Sample local snacks and drinks, and then head for the island of Itaparica to admire the historic architecture and learn about the religious groups of African origin. Break for lunch (not included) at a restaurant that specializes in the local cuisine, and spend the afternoon enjoying the beauty of the area before returning to Salvador.

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From Salvador: Mangue Seco Beaches, Dunes & Buggy Daytrip

4. From Salvador: Mangue Seco Beaches, Dunes & Buggy Daytrip

After morning pick-up at your Salvador hotel, you will meet your guide and board your vehicle for the 135 mile (220 kilometer) trip to Mangue Seco. Mangue Seco is inaccessible by road, so crossing the Real River (which divides the Brazilian states of Sergipe and Bahia) is part of the adventure. On this 12-hour guided tour, you'll travel 135 miles (220 kilometers) from Bahia to explore beaches, sand dunes and a tranquil village.  A pearl nestled between the sea, rivers, dunes and palm trees; Mangue Seco is a tropical beauty that has been portrayed in soap operas and national films.  This tour allows you to experience one of the most beautiful landscapes of the north coast, known as the Green Line.  The idyllic beaches, with swirling sands orchestrated by the winds and the sea waves, create dunes of incomparable beauty. Its warm waters and its marine basins form natural medicinal spa centers. You will also have time for swimming, hiking, optional buggy rides (not included in the price, price to be negotiated on the day with the locals), or simply relax in a rustic tent and relish the local cuisine.  This family-friendly tour includes round-trip transportation from Salvador.

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From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

5. From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in São Paulo, journey to the coastal cities of Santos and Guarujá, approximately 80 kilometers from the capital. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 1-hour drive through expansive sections of the Atlantic Forest, and then discover the largest maritime port in Latin America upon arrival at Santos. Marvel at the countless shipping containers and cargo vessels in the Port of Santos, where thousands of immigrants arrived in Brazil at the end of the 19th century to work on the great coffee plantations. Get to know the main tourist attractions of the city, both in the historic city center and on the edges of the city. Learn how coffee production influenced the local way of life and customs, and hear more about the important historical figures of the area who affected not only the state of São Paulo but the country as a whole. Then, take the ferry to Guarujá on Santo Amaro Island, known for its large selection of beaches, restaurants and lookout points. Since the 1970s, following a boom in the local real estate market, the island has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of São Paulo. Go to a lookout point to get some amazing views and take some excellent souvenir photographs. Stop at an excellent local restaurant to enjoy the local seafood before making your way back to São Paulo.

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Natal: Day Trip to São Miguel do Gostoso

6. Natal: Day Trip to São Miguel do Gostoso

After a morning pickup from your hotel in Natal, take a ride in an air-conditioned vehicle to São Miguel do Gostoso. Your first stop will be to find out more about cachaça in the district of São José. Enjoy a cultural presentation explaining the whole process for a good-quality artisanal cachaça. Then, head to São Miguel do Gostoso, located 110 km northwest of Natal. Discover this little village that remains largely undiscovered by mass tourism, and enjoy an excellent wide, coconut-lined beach. Explore the village itself and observe the local way of life. Even enjoy access to a small bed and breakfast where you have the option to have lunch and access the pool. Head back to Natal after your relaxing day, being dropped off at your accommodation.

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Natal: Perobas and Punau Beach Day Trip with Snorkeling

7. Natal: Perobas and Punau Beach Day Trip with Snorkeling

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Natal and sets off on the 1-hour drive in air-conditioned vehicle towards Parrachos de Perobas. Enjoy a thrilling speedboat ride to the snorkel site, learning about the region’s coral formation and Environmental Protection Area along the way. Upon arrival, put on your snorkel gear then cool off from the heat with a dip in the crystal clear waters. Enjoy 1.5-hours to snorkel in search of colorful fish and coral reef, and discover this fascinating underwater world. You can also admire the stunning coconut grove surroundings, which offer a luscious green contrast to the glistening blue sea. After your snorkel adventure, travel to the stunning Punau Beach where you can soak up the sun on the shore, go swimming in the sea or nearby lagoon, or explore the rolling sand dunes. You’ll also benefit from access to a local hotel where you can dine at the restaurant or participate in optional activities.

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From Natal: Galinhos Day Trip

8. From Natal: Galinhos Day Trip

Take a day trip to Galinhos, a small village with one of the most beautiful beaches on the Brazilian coast. Located 160 kilometers from Natal, the beach is set on a peninsula with scenery that enchants everyone who visits. After morning pickup from your hotel in Natal, relax during the 2-hour ride in an air-conditioned vehicle to Galinhos. Framed by sand dunes, salt pans, and mangroves, this area is a haven for wildlife such as oysters, crabs, and birds. Take a boat ride to admire the stunning landscape of salt flats and rolling dunes from the water.  Relax on the golden sand, and go for a dip in clear blue sea. At the beach, you can choose to enjoy optional activities such as a buggy ride or a horse-drawn cart ride. Stop at Galos and downtown Galinhos, before returning to Natal at the end of an incredible day out.

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What people are saying about State of Bahia

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 21 reviews

We had a wonderful day at Guarajuba Beach, Praia Forte and the Tamar project. Communication in advance was good. I would have given 5 stars for the tour itself, but 1 star deduction, because I had already booked the tour in German at the beginning of November and it turned out 4 days before the start that, due to a system error and due to the carnival, the tour was only in English is possible. Our guide Misael and driver Alfredo Junior were excellent. Since it was a private tour, they were able to cater to our needs and we felt very comfortable and safe. The two had to compensate for the carnival-related limitation disappointing the beach Tamar. We couldn't see any free turtles here, only in the pools. But Misael was able to liven it up with his explanations. You could do without a detour to visit the ruins of the Garcia d'Avila castle. The view from above is nice, but the way there is not worth it.

The day trip with Renato was an amazing experience. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He patiently showed me around parts of the country I would have never managed to enjoy or discover on my own. Most importantly it did not feel like a history lesson, but he communicated an engaging story connecting the past and the present. Everything was simply perfect and tailored around my interests and curiosities.

It was excellent. I didn't know a single word in Portuguese and the guide was kind enough to translate me everything. Truly recommend it. Sorry I forgot his name (it was an Italian name).

Nice trip, very friendly boat staff, the guide a bit scattered, recommended but could be improved.

Fantastic tour! You must try their cocktails served on the boat