‘Praia do Forte’

The rivers of Praia do Forte

BRA_Ríos Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte is a charming fisherman’s village with a rich, beautiful environment, renowned for preserving the local flora and fauna. Praia do Forte has two rivers, the Timeantube and the Pojuca, which are excellent options for practicing freshwater sports and to enjoy the natural beauty.   The Timeantube is a short, narrow river surrounded by mangroves. Mangroves are biomes that form in areas where fresh and salt waters meet. The calm waters of this river form what is known as Lake Timeantube, a natural reserve for over 300 bird species. Here you can hire a canoe or kayak and…

Very different ways to greet the New Year in Brazil

BRA_Reveillon

Brazil has incredible landscapes but the best feature of this country is its people. The celebration of life is permanent, it’s part of the national spirit, and any simple thing becomes an excuse for partying. New Year’s Eve throughout Brazil is spectacular—they call it Réveillon. It is one of the major festivities and it officially signals the beginning of the summer vacation period, which lasts until the Carnival. The best parties take place on the beaches, out in the open. These are multitudinous celebrations with live Brazilian or international music, lots of entertainment, fireworks, and places or carts selling food…

Take advantage of winter to enjoy the best weather and the most amusing festivities in Salvador da Bahia.

BRA_Disfruta en invierno del mejor clima y de las fiestas más divertidas en Salvador de Bahía

  In Salvador da Bahia the seasons on the year are not clearly defined and can be summarized in winter and summer or, better yet, the rainy season and the dry season, there being greater rainfall from April to July. So when it’s cold in the northern hemisphere, in Salvador it’s the dry season, which is perfect because the rain is less likely to ruin your trip! Also, the average temperature is 25 to 27° C (77° to 81° F) in their summer (our winter), which is just fine for enjoying the sun, the beach, going on excursions and especially…

Little turtles reaching the sea

BRA_Tortuguitas alcanzando el mar

If you go to Praia do Forte you have to make it a point to visit the national headquarters of Projeto Tamar, the ambitious project for the protection of sea turtles in Brazil. It is calculated that each season the project protects around 14,000 nests and approximately 650,000 hatchlings, but beyond these numbers we think the success of the Tamar Project lies in spreading awareness and in the relationship established with local communities, encouraging the culture of protection rather than predation. Fishermen who years ago killed turtles today work for the project. At the visitor’s center you can see turtles…

African-Brazilian culture in Salvador da Bahia

BRA_Cultura afro-brasileña

  With over eighty percent of its population of African descent, Salvador da Bahia has been described as the “most African city of the Americas.” Bahia represents one of the great cultural melting pots of the New World. African cultural influences pervade all aspects of public and private life—music, dance, food, religion and language. African civilizations have left a durable, indelible imprint in the region’s culture. Where this heritage is most obvious is in the musical traditions of Salvador. Among these is samba, the most popular style of music and dance in Brazil. Its roots go back to Africa but…

Diving in Praia do Forte

BRA_Bucear en Praia do Forte

  Praia do Forte has become one of the most attractive destinations in the surroundings of Salvador da Bahia, largely thanks to the fact that it allows visitors the chance to enjoy direct contact with nature. Its magnificent ecosystem has been carefully preserved. This paradise boasts semi-deserted beaches of fine white sand surrounded by tall coconut trees, with warm temperature and sunny weather nearly every day of the year. Coral reefs provide protection from the waves of the Atlantic. The calm, warm, deep, crystal-clear waters allow great visibility under water, making it a perfect place for diving, even for those…

The Barra Lighthouse (Farol da Barra) in Salvador de Bahia

BRA_ El Faro de la Barra

  The entry to Baia de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints) was protected by the imposing Fort of Santo Antônio, inside of which the Barra Lighthouse rises up 22 meters, displaying its white and black rings. Barra is the zone where the waters of the Bay of All Saints meet the Atlantic Ocean. In the 17th century Salvador had one of the most important and busiest ports in the Americas. It was the mooring point for ships taking sugar, cotton, tobacco, wood and other Brazilian articles to Europe. In 1668, the shipwreck of the Portuguese galleon Santíssimo Sacramento,…

The Acarajé of the Bahianas, the best food you can get on the streets of Brazil

BRA_El acarajé de las bahianas

  Acarajé is the crown jewel of the food you can buy from street vendors in Salvador da Bahia—you can get it everywhere in the streets. Like most dishes from Afro-Bahian cuisine, this sacred, delicious dish is closely linked to the candomblé beliefs. It is prepared in terreiros as an offering to the Orixá Iansã, corresponding to St. Barbara. Normally it is only prepared by santeros. In Yoruba, a Nigerian language, Acarajé means “eat ball of fire.” It is a bun made of a mass of black beans, feijão fradinho, which is usually filled with prawns and a spicy chili…

The imposing architecture of Brazil

BRA_La arquitectura brasileña

  Brazil is a huge, wonderful country with beaches, landscapes and musical rhythms of iconic stature all over the world. But it also boasts imposing architecture that is not less important than the things for which the country is most renowned. The Portuguese first arrived in Brazil in the early 16th century, and one of their major concerns was to ensure their ownership of the land, leading them to build fortresses and religious sanctuaries. A good example of constructions from that period is the Fort of Santo Antônio da Barra, in Salvador da Bahia. It was the first fort built…

Itapuã Beach

BRA_La playa de Itapua

Considered one of the most famous beaches of Salvador da Bahia, it is located 21 kilometers from the city center. It is sheltered by coral reefs, the waters are warm and calm, with white sand, huge coconut trees and rocky formations that become perfect natural swimming holes when the tide is low, ideal for risk-free bathing. In the tupi guarani language, Itapuã means ‘the snoring stone’. According to legend, whenever the tide was low there was a stone that could be heard snoring. Itapuã features in songs by famous Brazilian composers such as Vinícius de Moraes and Toquinho in Tarde…