Discover the most African region of Brazil, birthplace of Samba and Capoeira.
This tour shows you the region around the Bay of All Saints, the Recôncavo. This African inland received the first sugar cane plantations of the colony and here were put to work the first slaves, imported from black Africa. Leaving the city, we pass poor suburbs of Salvador and, later, a succession of fields for agriculture and grasslands. A whirling road passing by bamboo and sugar cane plantations takes us first to the city of Santo Amaro. Here, we visit the amazing and busy local market of and some streets and squares in the center. Then, the road takes us to the historical city of Cachoeira that lies majestically in the valley of the Paraguaçu River. Here, we do a walking tour through the picturesque streets with its old houses and churches. There will be time for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the cigar factory of Dannemann (if during the week and not on a holiday) where the famous top class cigars are still hand rolled. Then it's time to head back to Salvador by the same road on a non stop drive.
We pick you up at your hotel in the center of Salvador and, depending upon its localisation, drive through the city until the place where we can take the main highway to leave the city, called BR-324, connects Salvador to Feira de Santana, the second biggest city of Bahia. After about 60 km we leave this highway and take a secondary road that will take us to Santo Amaro, at 70 km from Salvador. Here we make our first stop after about an hour of driving, depending on the traffic conditions. After visiting this city, very typical of the interior of Bahia, we take back the road that will take us finally to Cachoeira at 110 km from Salvador. In Cachoeira we mainly do a walking tour through the old center of town. Some driving is necessary to go the cigar factory and eventually the restaurant of choice. In the afternoon, at about 3:30 pm, we take the same way back to Salvador in a non stop drive all the way to your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or accommodation, if in the center of the city, or the port terminal of Salvador, if you come by ship.
End location: Your hotel or accommodation, if in the center of the city, or the port terminal of Salvador, if you come by ship.
Duration: 9 hours
Approximate duration that can be affected by traffic conditions on the whole itinerary.
Private car with airco.
Local tour guide speaking your language and transport in a comfortable car with airco.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 Reais - Lunch, including drinks.
Entrance fees for churches or museums, when applicable, and all kind of personal expenses with shopping, souvenirs, drinks and meals.
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This was a wonderful tour that fully met our needs! It is a treat after a few days in the hustle and bustle of Salvador to come to this smaller, historic área with calmer lifestyle. Dirk is fully professional and knows more details about the área than most people. When my students asked about details of the Slave era he impressed me with his deep knowledge of the history. He is fun, hás lived in Bahia long enough to know it completely, yet can compare and contrast from his European roots as well. Go!