The surrounding area

Plenty to do and to visit

Santo Antonio Nature Reserve

Guaiú Plage

GUAIU PLAGE is located in the »APA Santo Antonio« nature reserve. The property, surrounded by the natural environment of the rainforest, lies right beside the Santo André beach. This was justifiably classified by »Veja« magazine as one of the ten most beautiful and exotic beaches in Brazil.

The water at the »Praia de Santo André« (also: »Praia de Tartarugas« – Turtle Beach) is calm thanks to an offshore reef. This makes it ideal for bathing, and also for families with children. Thus far, this insider’s tip in the region remains undiscovered by mass tourism.

Up until now, only sustainable tourism has been developed in the region.

Santo André

The tranquil village has thus far remained a pleasant and quiet fishing village with little more than 800 inhabitants. The access is made by crossing the ferry that departs from Santa Cruz Cabrália by Rio João de Tiba, in a journey of approximately ten minutes.

In recent years Santo André resort has become increasingly important. Here, upmarket ecotourism has developed with a markedly sophisticated infrastructure. For supplies during your holiday there are two small discount stores, grocery stores, boutiques, arts and crafts workshops, and over a dozen restaurants, pubs and bars in the village.

An old Brazilian legend recounts the following about Santo André. An anxious father who was afraid of thieves buried a golden statue of Saint Andrew here. Who knows – maybe the gold of this statue has lent a particular gloss to the small fishing village?

It has 13 km of coastline and is part of an environmental protection area ‘Mangrove Ecosystem’.

 

 

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Golfing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Bouldering
  • Soccer
  • Jogging
  • Boccia
  • Motor Cycling
  • Tennis
  • Jet Skiing
  • Quad Biking
  • Yoga
  • Pony Trekking
  • Sailing
  • Water Skiing
Sports Activities

Porto Seguro

Porto Seguro was founded in 1534 and is commonly acknowledged to be the birthplace of Brazil. In Santa Cruz Cabrália, the Portuguese Pedro Álvares Cabral stepped on Brazilian soil for the first time on 22 April, 1500. Porto Seguro is therefore one of the oldest cities in Brazil.

Porto Seguro is easily accessible from the Village Mata Encantada and is a popular tourist destination. Visitors can enjoy a wonderful view of the coast from the historical upper town. Anyone who likes hustle and bustle will discover vibrant life in the lower town. Shopping streets offer attractive shopping options during the daytime. Round off the evening with the best Bahian and international cuisine at the »Passarela do Álcool« with its many bars and restaurants.

Since 1993, the international airport in the city of Porto Seguro has contributed significantly to economic growth and tourism in this part of the country. Today, Porto Seguro is one of the most visited cities in Brazil.

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Things To Do

Restaurants

There are several Restaurants real close by:
In Guaiú:
Maria Nilza – charming beach restaurant
In Santo André:
Casa Praia – beautifully designed place on the beach
Jacuma – fine Italian cuisine
Santa Ana – very good for pasta
Gaivota – river front fish restaurant

The north shore of Porto Seguro has some of the most famous beach clubs of Brazil.

Sight Seeing
Belmonte is an old town in colonial baroque architecture bordering Sta. Cruz Cabrália and the Jequitinhonha River. Numerous buildings resemble the luxury of time during cocoa production. It’s worth visiting the famous pottery store. From the harbor you can take a beautiful trip to Canavieiras.
Mogiquiçaba is another wonderful and peaceful small fishermen village.

It’s a must to visit the Mangroves of the João de Tiba river, as well as the Coroa Alta coral banks.
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Chapada Diamantina National Park

The waterfalls, Lencois and the laid back hippy atmosphere, the food, the culture, the views and tours … Everything that you can imagine is in this National Park. It’s an unbelievably beautiful place, but it’s hard to get to, so a good guide is a must if you want to get the most out of your experience.
The park offers hundreds of gorgeous waterfalls, caves, great trails, beautiful pools, rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, swimming, fun little hotels and B&Bs, terrific places to eat, and so much more.

Impressions of Guaiú Plage and its beautiful landscape