After exploring the lush Valley of Buffaloes by bike and visiting the spectacular beaches of Bahia’s expansive coast lined with coconut palms, I set off with Sofia Mascotena, the Blue Parallel Operations Manager, on an exciting adventure to our next destination: Corumbau. With our personal host, we were taken to Praia dos Coqueiros. This beach is nicknamed “Palm Tree Beach” because of the more than hundred beautiful palm trees that are typical for this region of Bahia. It is located just outside of Trancoso where fishermen and locals like to come and enjoy the sun and water. From here, we boarded our private fishing boat with its charming captain who took us along the coast to the small village of Caraiva. Along the way we saw some of the most beautiful beaches of the region, including Outeiro, Espelho, and Juacema. Espelho was particularly enchanting, with its beautiful holiday homes tucked in the lush vegetation that hugged the shore.
We reached Rio Caraiva that was lined with colorful fishing boats and had local children splashing in its waters. We got off to board another small boat that took us on a short ride across the river to the small town of Caraiva. Time moves slowly in the remote and beautiful village of Caraiva, where roads and cars don’t exist (neither did electricity before 2007!). The easy-going atmosphere attracts hippies and those looking for a quiet pace of life. The dreamily rustic village is strung along the eastern bank of the mangrove-lined Rio Caraiva and a long-deserted beach kissed by strong waves. For lunch, we had the courage to enjoy sea ray fish empanadas and they were delicious!
After our brief snack and stroll down the sandy path of Caraiva’s main strip with its multicolored shacks, the most adventurous part of our day was just about to begin. With our luggage, we embarked on a bumpy buggy ride through the Pataxo Indian Reserve driven by a native Indian. The Pataxo Indian Reserve is a large piece of land owned by the Pataxo Indian tribe in the state of Bahia which we had to cross in order to get to our next destination. The natives are the only people allowed to settle, live and drive here. Sitting on the back of the buggy, resting our elbows on the fluttering roof of the vehicle, we drove past the simple houses and the beautiful serene landscape of the reserve, with the Atlantic Coast glistened to the East and the wind blowing in our faces. It was like crossing a forgotten, lost land, as we barely saw anyone on the 50-minute long ride. We both thought to ourselves, this is what the coast much have looked like when the settlers first arrived. It was easy to imagine in such an untouched landscape. There was no paved road so the buggy went freely on dirt path and along the sandy beach, splashing through the waves as the crashed on the shore.
We finally reached Rio Corumbau and jumped off of our buggy to stretch our legs. The native Pataxo and our host helped load our luggage on yet another fishing boat-the third of the day- that would then take us across the river and bay to the other side, where we finally arrived to Corumbau. We got to the splendid Fazenda Sao Francisco do Corumbau just in time for a delicious Bahian lunch accompanied by fresh coconut water and exotic fruit. We had the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the 3km strip of private beach to ourselves!
Sarah Casewit, Senior Luxury Travel Expert