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Are you going to Salvador after Rio? Then consider seriously taking this tour. From Porto Seguro you have the option to continue to Salvador (760 km) by plane or air conditioned bus.During approximately 10 days you will see how diverse this country is and how friendly the people are. Besides the suggested sights, it is highly recommended that you visit the Mello Leitão Museum at Santa Tereza - the sanctuary for hummingbirds - 67 km from Vitoria, and the CVRD - Vale do Rio Doce Natural Reserve at Linhares, just off the BR 101 highway, a paradise for birdwatchers. Also it is worth a visit to the Monte Pascoal National Park, 30 km away from Itamarajú, where the Pataxós Indians will welcome you. A short hiking to the top at 536  m  is  also  recommended.  Make your friends jealous about your trip !!

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Porto Seguro, Abrolhos and Caravelas
     This tour leaves Rio by car with overnight stops at Vitoria, Conceição da Barra, Caravelas and finally Porto Seguro.    Round trip is about 2800 km with many points of interest to be visited: Campos - where the first electrical energy plant was built and sugar cane alcohol  plants  are  producing  sugar  and alcohol for cars, Vitoria (capital of Espirito Santo State);  Coffee,  rubber trees papayablack pepper,   eucalyptus,  sugar cane and  cocoa plantations,  oil pump jacks,   granit  and  marble  export wholesalers ,  indian reservations, whales, coral reefs, old portuguese colonial buildings with tiles used to  protect  the  facades,  and  of  course  a  lot  of  contrasts typical  of  this country.      Interaction with locals is always present and stimulated during the trip partially done along dirt roads.
View of Vitoria and the 3dr Bridge
The N.S. da Penha Convent at Vila Velha
                          Vitória
After visiting Campos, Piúma, and Guarapari - where you can fish for  white  Marlin -  a short visit to Vitoria:  this  nice  city  between the ocean  and  hills is an important port where most of the coffee and iron is exported. After a short city tour, we cross the new bridge with a fantastic view over Vitoria and drive uphill to the Penha Convent.
    N.S.da Penha Convent - Vila Velha
Because it was built on the top of a 154 m high granite hill, you will have a  panoramic  view of the whole area, including Vitoria,  Vila Velha, the mountains where Santa Tereza, with   the   biggest   Hummingbird sanctuary is  located,  the  Tubarão  Port,  the Praia  da Costa and the new bridge contrasting with Nature  in between  the  green Rain Forest.
São Mateus, the old Port
Old residence, Caravelas

   São Mateus and Conceição da Barra

    
Leaving Vitória along the BR-101 highway we reach  São  Mateus. The  old port besides   the Cricaré River was the most  important  of  the region, exporting sugar, manioc flour  and later coffee and wood at that time using slave labour.  The ruins of  the old Church (1596) and   the dunes of Itaúnas should also be visited.

                        Caravelas
     This  small  town  is the departure point for whale-watching tours to Abrolhos  and to  the coral reefs,  a Marine National  Park actually. Caravelas still has  many  old houses  with tiles brought from Macau and is the base of the  Jubarte  Whale Project.  Grauçá beach is the Point for weekends. During  the  whole year many folkloric parties takes place. Near Prado the refreshing Tororão waterfall will refresh our energy.

Porto Seguro, Historical Center
Trancoso, the "Quadrado
                      Porto Seguro
     Famous worldwide as a tourist spot, this nice town offers an intensive night life at the "Passarela do Álcool"  with  plenty of sea food  and  the  famous  "capeta"  drink,  with guaraná powder. Other attractions are the coral reefs, Cidade Alta,  Trancoso, and the recently opened indian reservation "Pataxó da Jaqueira" highly recommended to be visited.
                       Trancoso
     This village lies on a platform about 50 m above sea level with an exotic view over the beaches and the ocean. The old colonial coloured houses and the church form the "Quadrado", the central area of the village. For adventurers  it  is  recommended that you visit Caraiva,  along  a  complicated  dirt  road and sometimes  floodded  areas  to  be crossed with extra care.
"Pataxó Indian
The potuguese "Land Mark"
          Pataxó Indian Reservation
      This recently opened Indian Reservation is the  best  option  for  those  who  would  like to have a close contact with the  Pataxós Indians still  left  and living almost the same way as in the 1500's.  A  two hour walk  along  a  trail will  show  how  they hunt animals  to survive, their  constructions,  experience  a folkloric dance performance after praying and maybe
even have lunch with them. 
     Historical Center - Cidade Alta
    This is where Porto Seguro (safe port) began as the first settlement in Brazil. Many of the colonial buildings are well  preserved,  some ruins  are  still  there conveniently fenced as the Jesuit College. The marble  Land  Property  Marker  brought  by Gonçalo Coelho in 1503, now encased in glass, is  one of  the  most  important historical relics in the Brazil.
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