THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: BRAZIL
After a week of up-all-night tangoing, get back to nature in Brazil. As the fifth-largest country in the world, there’s a lot to explore, from vast rainforests to urban jungles.
But for now, we’re setting our sights on the sea – specifically, the spectacular state of Bahia. With 900km of pristine coastline, this place will leave you spoilt for sun-worshipping spots. After a few moments here, you’ll soon discover why Bahia earned the nickname the terra da felicidade, or the land of happiness.
This captivating coast is lined with blink-and-you’ll-miss-them towns and villages. In Caraíva, you won’t feel further from the buzz of Buenos Aires. This remote village is only accessible by boat, which helps keep crowds at bay. At Caraíva beach, the river spills into the sea, and at low tide you can walk further out to see the coral reefs. Life is a slower pace here – there’s even an unwritten rule that when a full moon shines, all 300 residents switch off their lights and lay candles out on the sandy streets.
An hour up the coast towards Porto Seguro is Arraial d’Ajuda, a more developed yet equally charming town. Pass the tourist traps and instead head to Pitinga beach, a long, uncrowded strip that backs onto forest-topped cliffs. Walk to the end to find pretty lagoons and small waterfalls.
While it might be tempting, don’t just dwell by the beach. Get out on the ocean and see beneath the swells. Campo Bahia Hotel arranges private boat trips on their luxury schooner, where you can snorkel or dive among the coral reefs and tropical fish. Pick up paddle-boarding or kite-surfing, or simply sail along the coast for whale and dolphin watching.