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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 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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Southern Bahia

Jan 16, 10 Southern Bahia

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The southern part of Bahia is an interesting mixture of modern and traditional influences. You’ll find many of the things that the Bahian coast is famous for: Bahianas in traditional white hoop dresses serving regional foods in the praças of the small villages, 17th century religious architecture from Brazil’s colonial period,...

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Porto Seguro: Night Life & Fun

There is almost nothing but nightlife in Porto Seguro and it’s wild and well organized. Each night of the week belongs to a different club or super-barraca. The party just moves from one to the next during the week (see sidebar). The Passarela do Alcool goes all week long and weekends, but it ends at around 11pm so as not to...

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Porto Seguro: Getting There & Around

Porto Seguro is 705 kilometers from Salvador. It has a fairly well equipped airport that receives flights from all over the country. Most flights into town are with Nordeste (73/288-3131), but you can also get here on TAM (73/288-4926) and Vasp (73/288-1205). Arriving by bus from Salvador, you can take the Aguia Branca line...

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