Mangue Seco, Salvador da Bahia
Mangue Seco is a beautiful tiny and remote village between nothing and nowhere and worth visiting in any case. It is placed between Real river's edge and tall white sand dunes that extend to the beach where you find some simple places to take a drink and eat seafood. From up on the dunes, one can see the whole immensity of sand, several coconut trees buried until the top, some donkeys and cows and the river flowing out into the see. It is an awesome view!!
Mangue Seco is where Tieta of Agreste (1996), Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Diegues' vibrant adaptation of Jorge Amado's bestseller, was set. It's a classic story of a woman who was thrown out of her native village when she was 17 and pregnant. Twenty six years later, Tieta returns as a rich widow and finds the village unchanged - a state of affairs which will not endure for long after her arrivel. The film marks the return of Brazil's biggest star Sonia Braga and has a beautiful music written by Caetano Veloso.
The best way to explore the area is taking a buggy trip through the sand dunes. I enjoyed that so much!! The driver was glad to show places where filming was done, reminding the most outstanding facts.
Mangue Seco is quite difficult of access so I recommend booking a guided day tour with one of the operators that you find in Barra or Pelourinho. In case you do it by car, take "Linha Verde" (Green Line) highway, that connects Bahia to Sergipe. You have to leave the car in Pontal where you take a motorboat to the final destination.
more pics in Mangue Seco Travelogue
You can get to Mangue Seco from getting a boat at Pontal.
To get to Pontal you need to get on the Linha Verde (Green Line, the road that leads up to Pontal, the first ecological highway of the country, planned to prevent any impacts against the still virgin nature of the region. This ecological road binds the Bahia to the Sergipe.) We reached Pontal in about 3 hours by private car. you can also get the Linha Verde Express from The Rodoviaria to Indiaroba (26 reias) and then get a cab from there to Pontal (40 Reias)
Mangue Seco is where the film written by the great Jorge Amado was set, Tieta do Agreste.
It is peaceful, but at the same time has more of a community feel, than say... Morro.
To while away time you can lounge on the beach, sand board, or ride the fabulous sand dunes on the numerous sand buggies.
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