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Cacao: Brazil’s Original Gold Dust

Feb 09, 10 Cacao: Brazil’s Original Gold Dust

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Chocolate, or more specifically the Cacao fruit, first appears on our radar in Egypt in the 16th century BCT. Little is know of its use in Egyptian culture, but the first known cultivation of the fruit is by the Aztec culture of around 600 CT. The Aztecs and Mayans believed that their ancestors brought the Cacao seeds from paradise...

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Porto Seguro: Land of the Big Barraca

Jan 16, 10 Porto Seguro: Land of the Big Barraca

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Visitors arriving in Porto Seguro for the first time are often surprised by what they see. It’s a common misconception that Porto Seguro is a quaint, Bahian-style beach village.  Porto Seguro has a very particular appeal. Specifically, it appeals to young, working class Brazilians.  It offers everything that this group desires:...

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Porto Seguro: Activities & Excursions

Jan 16, 10 Porto Seguro: Activities & Excursions

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Trips up and down the coast leave from the various piers at the southern tip of Porto Seguro. Here you’ll find excursions that visit all of the popular outlying areas from Santo Antônio in the north to Caraíva and even the distant Caravelas in the south. There are tour agencies all over town, including several right around the...

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Porto Seguro: Shopping

Jan 16, 10 Porto Seguro: Shopping

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Shopping takes place all over town and especially in the shops the line Av. 22 de Abril and the Passarela do Alcool, all the way to the tip of the city where the ferry boat docks. The Passarela do Alcool is especially active after dark, when locals set up stands to sell clothing, arts and crafts on the street. There is an arts and...

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Porto Seguro: Recife de Fora Marine Park

Jan 16, 10 Porto Seguro: Recife de Fora Marine Park

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One of Brazil’s official marine parks, Recife de Fora is a great place to check out marine life with a mask and snorkel. The park encompasses 17.5 square kilometers of reefs and underwater rock formations that are home to various species of marine life. The water is from 1-6 meters deep and very clear. You’ll see various types...

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Porto Seguro: Santo Antonio and the Extreme North

Jan 16, 10 Porto Seguro: Santo Antonio and the Extreme North

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Way past the popular beaches of Porto Seguro to north are two areas known as Santo Antônio and Santo André. Together, these two areas provide a completely different experience of the southern coast of Bahia. First, there are wonderful beaches with excellent conditions for swimming and simple but inviting kiosks. In particular the...

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Porto de Seguro: Ilha dos Aquarios (Aquarium Island)

Jan 16, 10 Porto de Seguro: Ilha dos Aquarios (Aquarium Island)

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The tiny island of Pacuio (also known as Ilha do Pirata, but most commonly called Ilha dos Aquários) sits on the far side of Rio Buranhém, almost directly across from the ferryboat that heads over to Arraial d’Ajuda. The island is most famous for its parties on Friday nights that spin up several types of music, from techno to...

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Porto Seguro: Cidade Historica

Jan 16, 10 Porto Seguro: Cidade Historica

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Amidst all the wild beach parties, rowdy nightclubs and the Passarela de Alcool, there is a calm and quiet historic town center siting peacefully at the top of the plateau overlooking all of Porto Seguro. This is the original location of the village of Porto Seguro, the oldest city in Brazil. The view from the Cidade Historica (also...

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Porto Seguro: Beaches & Barracas

Jan 16, 10 Porto Seguro: Beaches & Barracas

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Up the northern coast of Porto Seguro, the beaches stretch on for miles. There is little difference among the beaches along this ten-kilometer stretch. They all have fairly wide strips of fine sand with medium-sized waves and semi-blue, semi-clear water (depending on the season). If you’re looking for charming tropical beaches...

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Porto Seguro: Alcohol Pass (Passarela de Alcool)

Jan 16, 10 Porto Seguro: Alcohol Pass (Passarela de Alcool)

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It’s ironic that the Passarela de Alcool, or Alcohol Pass, did not get its name because of all the booze that gets sold their every night. Rather, the name was given to this particular road back in the 1800s because it was the principal passage by which alcohol was carried down to the port for shipping out of the city. Today, the...

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