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» 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

Na­tional Park

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