A day in the Rural Heartland
We leave the city behind to explore the farming hinterland on the western side of the All Saints´ bay. This is the land of scenic pastures, peaceful colonial towns and busy country markets, a day of insights into the life in rural Brazil in the cradle of Brazil´s African heritage.
how it works
We drive north out of Salvador on the main highway and then head westwards, stopping at busy country market in Santo Amaro. Little has changed over the years in this traditional fruit and vegetable market, ever popular with locals. We continue our drive westwards through rolling hills to Cachoeira, a Unesco World Heritage site and the jewel of the Bahian hinterland nestled in the deep valley of the Paraguaçu River
The town’s importance goes beyond its architectural wealth, being home to a thriving cultural output grounded in African traditions so visible in local art traditions, mainly wood sculpting. African religious traditions are epitomized by the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte, a sorority which traces its origins back to the time of slavery
After lunch we take a walking tour of the town, with an opportunity to browse in some local wood carvers stores.
We cross to the western bank of the slow moving river and visit the Dannemann cigar company where we can also see world-class cigars being expertly rolled. This excursion is a journey back in time to the Brazil of yesteryear.
what to see
Insight to importance of sugar and tobacco booms in Brazils formation
Santo Amaro Market
Rural Colonial Architecture
Hand rolled cigar production
Optional visit to Boa Morte Sisterhood