Chilli's Brazil Adventures

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Monday, March 30, 2009

How do you get to Arraial D' Ajuda
First you need to fly into Brazil either to Rio de Janeiro or into Sao Paulo, From there you take a flight to the closest airport being Porto Seguro. The name meaning safe Haven and was one of the first established ports in Brazil. It was used in the second world war as a safe haven for war ships. When you arrive in Porto Seguro you need to take a taxi to the river and catch the ferry (ferries are called a balsa in Portuguese) across to Arraial d Ajuda. When you arrive on the other side either take a taxi to the town center and find a pousada there to stay in or Along the road to town there are also many different types ranging in price. For the people that are more cashed up you could choose from one of them many along the beach, Which is about 8km long.

Arraial D' Ajuda
The town center is located at the top of a hill and has views to the sea from the back of town behind the church. The town park is in front of the church and where you will take the local combi van to and from the balsa. There is a reef that runs the entire length of the coast from Porto to Arraial which has a small ride able wave on the turn of the tide only about 3 to 4 ft but can be a bit of fun. On the right days you can also get some decent kiting along the coast in a few different location. You can also do some paragliding along the ridge at Patinga beach to the south of Arraial about a 3km walk along the beach. Which is a nice walk and enjoyable as there are many beach bars,restaurants and beautiful views ranging from the magnificent colors of the ocean,mountain vista's to world famous Brazilian bunda(bottom) found walking the beach to make your trip totally worthwhile.

  Like most Brazilian old towns the streets are made from cobble stone surrounded by lush gardens, huge trees of many different types and various foliage not mention the array of bright colorful buildings adding to the charm and character that makes these old towns so beautiful.
Arraial town is the same as Porto where you will find that during the day most shops will be closed because every one is at the beach, which is expected really considering that every one comes here for the beaches not the shopping. Although there are enough boutique stores, galleries and local art shops to be found that will suite every ones style and needs. Nothing like a big city but just enough to get a  few souvenirs or gifts and of course hundreds or Havaianas. There are also many different bars and Restaurants catering for any ones taste buds. Sushi seems to have taken over here as there are now 3 just here in this little town. There are plenty of local restaurants so you can taste the local Bahia food. I highly recommend that every one should go to a barbecue(churrasco) restaurant while in Brazil and try the picanha.

Night time in Arraial During summer time and carnival the streets of Arraial come a live with music and party lovers.There are numerous bars and restaurants that have live music, at carnival time there is a large stage set up in front of the arts and craft markets. Which has speakers stacking higher than the stage to the roof, this is very common every where in Brazil. A lot of bands,groups,dj and singers come from all over Brazil to play in Arraial and Porto for summer and carnival so there is a big chance you could see a famous singer or band. Most small bands will have a lot of English songs in their repetiteur so you can get a good mix of local  and international music. The streets are lined with barracas selling all the tropical cocktails you can think of and food stands that have snacks to soak up some of the alcohol consumed. The best being barbecue stands known as churrasco and the most popular meat is picanha. If you want something different you can take a 10min combi ride to one of the beach clubs at Pitinga beach which host dj's and stage dancers for a night of full on partying.

The beaches of Arraial
As the town is at the top of the hill you either walk, take a taxi or motor taxi  through town down to Mucuge or Pitinga beach(praia) you either go left or right half way down the hill when the road splits if using transport but when on foot the best way to get to Pitinga is walk a long the beach through Mucuge beach. The beach is roughly 3km from Mucuge to Pitinga and is a very pleasant walk, there are many beach clubs and restaurants you can stop at along the way to refresh or to just sit at and enjoy the day. No matter where you stop whether on the sand with your towel or at one of the beach club you will be approached by one of the many vendadors (local sellers)offering a variety of things from jewelry to cold drinks and hot food. One of the best things Brazilians do better than any one in the world and that is icy cold beer(cerjva jelada) and you can find it every where so sitting on the beach and enjoying a cold beer is just an everyday thing in Brazil the most popular is Skol. You will see this advertised every where nearly every single bar and restaurants is sponsored by on the countries beers, they all have a significant color represented by each company which also supply tables and chairs so depending on which bar you are at they will all be this color.It does make it easier when trying to find your friends as not every one can read Portuguese, so say we are at the beach bar with all the red tables and chairs.

Beach Barracas at Mucuge
On Mucuge beach there are plenty of barracas to sit in under the shade of an umbrella for those who don't want a lot of sun but want to be close to the water or you can grab a sun bed in front of the tables which are much closer to the water if you want to do some sun baking. As like most of the beach clubs and barracas in Arraial and Porto depending on the time of year and the tide you may start your day walking 10 meters to the shallow water but by the end of the day the water will be lapping your feet as you sit at your table sipping on the coldest beer you will find in the world.

Walking from Mucuge to Pitinga

Once you make it through the maize of tables and chairs at Mucuge beach you hit the first of the beach clubs (here on the top right) called la Plage blanche a French beach club the only thing french is the name. This club marks the start of the walk to Pitinga and all the numerous other beach clubs along the way. Pitinga beach is set beneath a beautiful red faced cliff that runs the whole length of the coast line. All the bars and restaurants are as close to the water as you can get, so when the tide is high you are literally sitting in the water. There are somethings you just can't beat. Once you make it to Pitinga there are loads of bars to choose from which you can relax in or you may want to be more energetic and go out for a paddle on a kaiak, do some sailing with a hobby cat and for the more adventurous there is paragliding and kiting.

Day trip to Porto Seguro and Axe Moi

Porto Seguro is located on the east coast of Brazil 1000 km north of Rio,1500 km from Sao Paulo and 700 km south of Salvador. It is a beach side town with street lined bars,restaurant and shopping. Although most of them are not along the beach front but on the other side of the road and continuing back toward the river and mountain ridge it sits beneath. The town it's self is very colorful and filled with local art and tourist shops where you can purchase just about anything made in Brazil you want, from wooden bowls to t-shirts and not to mention the very famous havaianas. Porto Seguro has a relatively small town center with cobble stone streets. During the day it is quite deserted as must people you will find at the beach, because the high temperatures are not good for walking the streets shopping and most people come here to go to the beach clubs. During carnival it comes to life as Brazilians and foreigners arrive for the week long party. The beach front road is filled with barracas which are little cocktail  and food stands making a variety of  food and drink, The popular cocktail is a capeta.

Day trip to Axe Moi

One of the many beach clubs found in Porto Seguro and Arraial D Ajuda. Although they are slightly different in what they offer and the type of crowd you can expect. Most of the beach clubs in Porto Seguro have out door dance floors where you will find covered with all kinds of folk from little children to the oldest of ages that are not covered in anything much at all.  Most of them will be dancing to Axe or funk which are two of the most popular and famous types of dancing in Brazil. You can spend the day by the ocean under an umbrella being severed some of the best cold beer you will ever find or you can sit by the dance floor watching the action. during carnival is the best time as it is very busy and there is a show every day. Most people sit by the water in the morning and move to the dance area in the afternoon and stay into the night. Most of the beach clubs will have shows or party nights with various dancers and DJ's from all over the world. Axe Moi is the most popular beach club in Porto Segero it is about a 30min local bus ride or 15min from the town center by taxi for about 20 Reais. There is a large dance area, Upstairs VIP section that over looks the dance area and stage,under VIP area is a restaurant where you can also view the dance floor. If it gets to hot while you are dancing  they have huge water pipes that spray cool water on you and the dance floor. The dance floor is surrounded by umbrella tables so you get sit and watch and join in at any time. There is waiter service so you don't even have to move for anything. The action is all day although if you want a front row seat you need to get in early before lunch and wait for the real party to start. If you like you can just spend the day sitting in front of the water enjoying the same music and waiter service provided around the dance area. The one thing you will have to get used to is saying no to the many local sellers, there are so many and they just keep coming all day but they do come in handy when you want something and can't find a waiter.

Day trip to Espelho

There are many beaches out side of Arraial D' Ajuda worth taking a trip to for a day  or two. Espelho is just one of them, Espehlo in Portuguese means mirror. The name  was given to this place because just before sunset when the wind drops the water is said to look like a mirror. The best way to see this is to stay over night booking a pousada for a romantic evening. Trust me once you arrive you will not want to leave, This place is as relaxing as it  is beautiful. There are a handful of pousadas which you can stay in over night or longer, all of the them are nestled at the base of the hill amongst the trees straight of the beach (as you can see in the photo top right). There are half a dozen restaurants a long the beach most of which are sitting beneath huge trees on well groomed grassed areas that make for a very relaxing lunch or just simply a cold beer and a few cocktails watching the world go by. This place is definitely made for relaxing and not water sports the most energetic activity here is a nice long walk along the beach or dip in the ocean which makes for a perfect holiday.

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jflorge on

Chilli's Brazil Adventures
Good vibes!!! Love your descriptions and photos. All your hard work to relay all this really makes the day go with a swing. Here's a big thanks.

chillistyle on

Re: Chilli's Brazil Adventures
Hey, Thanks for the comments.I really appreciated the feed back. I was trying to give as much information as possible as i found that there wasn't much around about Arraial. glad you liked it.Thanks again. Chilli

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