Visit Maua Institute
Better than buying your stuff at Mercado Modelo - although you should go to Mercado Modelo anyway - Maua has wonderful prices and magnificent handcraft from all the places in the state. Check their homepage - the site is not so good, but....
BERIMBAU MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
It is a curved bow with a gourd at the bottom and a wire in between the top and the gourd. Players make music from the wire by hitting it with a stick. The musicians tighen or loosen the wire to change the tune. This is used to accompany capoeira.
Amazing natural wonders - CHAPADA DIAMANTINA
The Chapada Diamantina National Park is unique with its wonderful landascapes, waterfalls, canyons, natural swimming pools...
Culture and Ecotourism in the Vale do Capao : Many tourists are going to Lençois, but if you are looking for a place out of the beaten path, don´t want to be packed in minivans with 15 people to go for a trekking, don´t hesitate and come here. This valley is so close from the main trekkings and offers amazing natural views.
The valley possess a diversified culture with very hospitable people gathered around a lifestyle directed to human development and respect of nature. The valley congregates art, workmanship and sustainable activities such as organic agriculture, medicinal herbs, phytotherapy, honey, theater, chorale, circus, dances and tourism committed with the conservation of the natural patrimony.
Where to sleep: LENDAS DO CAPAO is a pousada incorporated to the nature in a beautiful setting right in the Valley. River, sacred sauna, restaurant. They propose a 56 m2 chalet in a centennial jack tree 9m above ground ! Very friendly owner. They organize trekkings.
For budget travellers, the pousada SEMPRE VIVA offers cheap rooms. 3 minutes walk from the town center.
2 great trekkings:
Fumaca Waterfall : The highest free fall of Brazil, trek starts 2km away form the valley do Capao. Beautiful !
Torrinha cave and Pai inácio hill: spectacular cavern with unique stalactites, stalagmites, and crystal formations. After this hike, you can swim in an underground river and see fishes and turtles deep in its crystal waters. After this you'll watch the sunset at the top of the Pai Inácio Hill unveiling a gorgeous panoramic view of the region.
How to get there: From Salvador, get a ticket at the bus station to PALMEIRAS. (44 Reals - 6/7 hours). 3 departures a day: 7am, 4.30 pm and 11.30 pm. take warm closes in the bus because of the A/C.
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Chill out in Salvador da Bahia
Pereira is the place where you can sit down, relax and enjoy a conversation. In these spot while drinking, eating and listening to live music you can spend a perfect romantic night. Elegant and sophisticated lounge bar good to impress the lady that is with you. The restaurant has a large wine list with a number of affordable Portuguese, French, and Italian wines in the R$40 to R$90 (US$17-US$38) range. Pereira is especially busy on weekends when Salvador's young and beautiful gather to preen and be seen. Age 20-50. Ideal for Lunch, dinner or if it is just for a drink get there at 9pm. Dress up!
The best Pizza in Bahia!
There is nothing special about this place. it's got plastic chairs & serves cold beer, but that is the beauty of it. It serves, quite possibly, the best pizza in the state and cold Skol. It's just around the corner from Pelourinho, far enough to keep the begging street kids from you, but close enough to the action. Pizza, plain & simple. I think the one we ordered had garlic & oil in lieu of sauce.