» Don’t Miss Sample moqueca, a classic Bahian seafood stew made with shellfish, coconut milk, tomatoes, onion and dendê oil, an African palm oil. Enjoy it with a refreshing caipirinha, the national cocktail.
Located on the northeast coast of Brazil, Bahia is a tropical paradise of white sandy beaches, clear blue water, islands surrounded by coral reefs, plantations rich with cocoa beans, and Chapada Diamantina National Park, famous for its wild waterfalls. But Bahia’s natural playground has become more accessible to tourists, thanks to the face-lift that Salvador, a Portuguese colonial city that’s also the state capital, underwent after being chosen as a host city for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Bahia is ground zero for some of the liveliest festivals in a country that’s famous for them, whether it’s Carnaval, a tribute to a patron saint on his feast day, or a Candomblé ceremony honoring an orisha (deity). Fortunately for travelers, locals are inclusive: everyone is welcome to join the dancing in the street or the party on the beach.
A canyon at Buracão
waterfall in Brazil’s Chapada Diamantina