New Bahia travel guide celebrates Brazil’s Northeast

By 17 November, 2010

Bradt travel guides, who we assessed in our article on the Best South American Travel Guide Books, have released a new book devoted to Bahia. It’s one of the reasons we like Bradt’s guide books so much that they are willing to focus so much attention on one particular area. Here is their synopsis of the book:

When Brazilians are far from home they dream of Bahia; its powder-fine beaches and reef-ringed islands; the waterfalls in the Diamond mountains of the arid sertão, and the cobbled streets and pastel-painted houses in Salvador. Tourists are now starting to discover a taste for spicy Bahian cuisine after watching displays of gymnastic capoeira or attempting the rhythms of axé-samba at the world’s largest Mardi Gras carnival. Bradt’s Bahia leads travellers to the Baroque splendour of the capital, Salvador and relaxes at Trancoso’s tropical spas. Whether strolling along deserted beaches or wandering far from the beaten path to view exotic wildlife, visitors will find author Alex Robinson’s meticulously researched Bahia an indispensable companion. It is the only English-language guidebook dedicated to this exciting, undiscovered destination.

Obviously one of the reasons we love Bahia so much is due to the great music that has come from the area, with many of the great tropicália artists coming from here, as well as styles such as afoxé and axé. Chapada Diamantina is one of the most extraordinary national parks to explore in Brazil, and also there are the great beaches. If you want to find out more you will obviously have to get a copy of the book.

Bahia: The heart of Brazil’s Northeast can be bought by clicking HERE.

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