Trancoso Travel Guide

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Trancoso Things to Do

  • Praia do Espelho and Curuipe

    Praia do Espelho (Mirror Beach) is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Brazilian coast. In fact it's an ecological paradise with white sand, coconut palm trees and natural swimming pools of transparent waters. White and orange cliffs divide Espelho from its neighbouring beach Praia do Curuipe. To get there you can either go by buggy or...

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  • A bit for everyone

    Trancoso is eclectic, you will find families, couples, backpackers,ravers, honyemooners, every one can find something to do.There are a lot of restaurants in the Quadrado, but get out of there a bit too, the prices are higher here (will be posting more on Off the Beaten Path)In summer (dec/jan/feb) there are small children's fairs, with trampolins...

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  • Caraiva, an Isolated Paradise

    Caraiva is a fisherman village, situated between the river Caraiva, the sea and the indigenous reserve Pataxo. It's without electricity and cars. Sand-streets and coloured houses give a special charm to the place. It offers various activities as boating, canoeing and long walks along the beach. There is early morning and early afternoon bus along a...

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  • Villas de Trancoso

    Our experience at Villas de Trancoso (also know as 'My Brazillian Beach') was one which we will...

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  • UXUA Casa Hotel

    Quadrado, Trancoso, Trancoso, State of Bahia, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Club Med Trancoso

    Fazenda Taipe Trancoso Km 18, Porto Seguro, Trancoso, State of Bahia, 45810-000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Trancoso Restaurants

  • Mediterranean with a Flavour of Bahian

    I adore Brazilian self-service restaurants 'a kilo', where you choose the food and pay it by weight. So you can always taste so many different things...Usually they are simple places with local food where mainly local people use to come. But they can also be quite sofisticated restaurants with good selection of Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern,...

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  • Home-made from Bahia

    It's the most traditional restaurant in Quadrado. Everything is going on in the open air under an almond-tree. A table in the shadow, late afternoon... the best moment to attend a real life of Trancoso: boys playing foot-ball, young ladies parading in groups, neighbours cycling by and sunburned tourist coming back from the beach. The menu is based...

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  • Bahian Food

    The bahian sea food is spetacular. The Chef prepares it with local spicies, try their peper! We ate different dishes but what I really enjoyed was the Muqueca, a tradicional bahian dish.

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Trancoso Nightlife

  • Capoeira Sul da Bahia

    A group of people from association Capoeira Sul da Bahia used to practice capoeira, a Brazilian system of movements similar to dance and martial arts. This was the main reason for me to come there every night and enjoy a beautiful coexistence of battle, movement of the body and music. As I was staying in one of the member's pousada I was once even...

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  • Capeta, Caipirinha or Caipirosca?

    At night there are a couple of stalls/bars at the entrance to Quadrado. My favourite was the one of Leandro and Chico and I used to come there since the first night. They are such a nice and funny guys and beside, they play the best music. Forro, of course! :) Would you expected something else, hehe? They make all imaginable local cocktails, from...

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  • LOUCOS

    As it means,crazies,that's what it's!A fantastic unsual place to visit,"Forro","Xote" or Reggae,pyrotechnic spontaneous shows,you forget that time runs here,find yourself suddenly in the morning sun!

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Trancoso Transportation

  • Adventurous Journey to Trancoso

    You can fly to Porto Seguro from Belo Horizonte, Rio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Florianopolis and Curitiba (Gol, BRA, TAM) or take a bus from any major Brazilian city. The bus companis are Sao Geraldo and Aguia Branca. Two ferries cross Buranhem river between Porto Seguro and Arraial d'Ajuda, the passenger ferry and the car ferry. They run...

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  • Arround Trancoso

    Taxis in Trancoso have e fix price. They all costs R$ 15 (less than Usd 7).I took a picture to a card some taxi driver gave me, but they are all safe (at least all I took).Los taxis en Trancoso tienen un precio fijo. Todos cuestan R$ 15 (menos de $20).Le saque una foto a una tarjeta que me dio un taxista, pero todos son seguros (al menos los que yo...

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  • From Buenos Aires to Trancoso

    We took a flight from Buenos Aires to Porto Seguro (through San Pablo), In Porto Seguro we took a taxi to the ferry quay (R$ 20 => less than Usd 10). There we took a boat to Arraial (R$ 2 => less than Usd 1), and at the ferry station we took a bus to Trancoso (R$ 4 => less than Usd 2). the hole trip is not as terrible as it...

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Trancoso Shopping

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    by janaina Written Dec 30, 2002

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    Unbelievable but here,in this small village in South Bahia,there's an Origami association,and as I just love this crafts,I looked forward to buy it!
    Take a trip to the Pataxos indian reserve and buy some beautiful art works made by them,it will also help the reserve.
    At the Quadrado Historico there are lots of local craftsmen with interesting stuff to buy.

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Trancoso Local Customs

  • Capeta - A Blow of Energy

    If you go out at night in southern Bahia, and I don't doubt about it, :)), you will most probably encounter the region's most popular and traditional cocktail, Capeta. The key ingredients, cocoa powder and guarana powder, are powerful stimulans. Besides, Capeta's ingredients are considered to be aphrodisiacs and have been used for centuries by the...

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  • LOCALS

    Wonderful wonderful people!!What can be more sweet than the people from Bahia,their accent and laid back lifestyle?

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Trancoso Warnings and Dangers

  • Electricity: 220V

    Electricity: 220 V. See plug in the attached picture!La electricidad es de 220v. Ver el enchufe en la fotp adjunta.A red eletrica e de 220V. Olhar tomada na photo.

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  • STAYING MORE THAN PLANNED

    Specially when you take the ferry back to Porto Seguro,and you realize everybody is leaving too,wow,I was very tempted to stay!

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Trancoso Tourist Traps

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    by janaina Written Dec 30, 2002

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    It's terrible to handle the prices in holidays,but we managed by buying at supermarkets,grocery stores and eating barbecue we prepared at the beach for dinner!
    As for the crowd too,I think it's better to visit from March to May,avoiding Easter of course,or Oct-Nov.

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Trancoso What to Pack

  • Just use common sense

    Mosquito repelent is a must, though 99% places will have mosquito nets over beds. Sun protection a must too. Electrcity plug converters are needed if travelling from the UK. comfy foot wear, people use Hawaianas (flip flops) most of the day. there are 3 pharmacies in Trancoso, but if you arent renting a car, bring whatever you think ultra...

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  • JUST A FEW THINGS..

    Trancoso is a very hot place!!I recomend bottled water,and keep on hand something for diarheia just in case!Ahh..open mind as well,some sites here are naturism beaches,mean,nude.

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Trancoso Off The Beaten Path

  • FOR THE LUCKY ONES..

    For long stay lucky ones, visit ALL the "discovery coast","cocoa coast" and the awesome "whales coast" and stay as much as it requests!

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  • ARRAIAL D'AJUDA

    We only passed by,but it really worths a visit in my opinion-hey,a wonderful excuse do be back,right?Again,as I told before,the only way to reach Arraial,and than Trancoso,is by ferry from Porto Seguro.Arraial itself is a small town on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Trancoso Sports & Outdoors

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    by janaina Written Dec 30, 2002

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    I didn't see any special sport activities actually,but you can always swim!
    Long walks from Arraial D'Ajuda to Trancoso and back by the beach is highly recomended,specially at sunsets!

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Trancoso Favorites

  • Blue Skies and Beaches

    The pousada Zen at the beach with very, very nice bungalows, garden and restaurant(the only pousad at Trancoso beach with accessible prices).The Quadrado after sunset with all the little restaurants and boutiques opening.And the parties at the beach,with a lot of Nice people, until the sunrise. The exuberant nature and my sandalias hawaianas.

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  • Cuadrado / Trancoso's Town

    This town is so cute!!! You must go and see it, it's not the same in the pic's....Este pueblo es tan lindo!!! Tenes que ir y verlo, no es lo mismo en las fotos... Everything is nice and cute!Todo es tan lindo!!

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  • Quadrado

    Thats how they call the city center.Here u can find some BB and restaurants , cheap and expensive ones. . The colorfull houses, very cute.

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