Cocoa (Cacau in Portuguese), a plant native to the Amazon, was first brought to Bahia in seed form in 1746 and planted on the Cubículo farm in Canaveiras, located 110 km away from Ilheus. The man responsible for this was Loius Frederic Warneau, he introduced the cocoa to replace sugar–cane as the main crop in the region. Cocoa was to bring unprecedented wealth to this part of Bahia, the golden era being from the late 19th century until relatively recently. It has been wonderfully documented in a number of novels by the late Jorge Amado author, Bahia’s greatest gift to Brazilian literature, tracing the glories and tragedies of the cocoa trade.
Suggested itinerary – 5 days/ 4 nights
Day 1 – ILHEUS/ ITACARE
Arrival at IOS airport and road transfer to Txai resort, in Itacaré beach. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day 2 – ILHEUS & COCOA
Breakfast at hotel and departure towards the city of Ilhéus, represented on Jorge Amado literature. We visit the scenario which inspired the novelist, most of it very well conserved, a true recollection of the golden age of cocoa in the area. Then we leave the city behind and head to a local farm where lunch will be served. The farm has a traditional production of cocoa, a sustainable way of production that preserves the traditional forest, reducing impact of agriculture on local ecosystems. We have an overall introduction of chocolate process of production and will be able to taste chocolate on site. Return to hotel in the end of the day. Evening at leisure.
Day 3 – CHOCOLATE ROUTE
Breakfast at hotel and departure for the visit at two of the most important cocoa farms in the region. Our first visit takes us to Santa Tereza farm, leading productor of organic cocoa, aiming excellence in grain quality. Then we head to Vila Rosa farm, where lunch will be served. We take the time to visit the house, now partially converted on museum. We also visit the chocolate process area, where grains are fermented and dried. Finally, we visit the chocolate manufacture facilities, where we are able not only to taste but also try our hands on chocolate making (subject to availability). Return to hotel in the end of the day. Evening at leisure.
Day 4 – ITACARE
Breakfast at hotel and day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities and the paradisiacal Itacare beach.
Day 5 – ITACARE/ ILHEUS
Breakfast at hotel and road transfer to Ilheus airport.
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