On the Brazilian coast, 2 hrs 30 mins in a boat from the south of Salvador da Bahia, is the very beautiful Ilha do Tinharé, and its village called Morro (mound) of São Paulo. Tinharé is an archipelago of 26 islands covered in tropical forest and surrounded by crystalline waters; a truly idyllic place. Usually you get there from Salvador on a scheduled boat. The boat moors at the sand-alleyed village of Morro de Sao Paulo, which was built house by house on its minuscule rock. Magnificent deserted beaches can be found there, some of the best in Brazil. This village is a small paradise, preserved with considerable choice of pousadas, restaurants and bars bursting with local culture. One of its noticeable characteristics is that there are no cars: you walk on foot along the beaches, borrow shuttles offered by hotels that are further away from the town, or you hire a cart. The beaches are numbered from 1 to 5. Party enthusiasts arrange to meet on beach n° 2. At the top of the Morro of Sao Paulo, the plunging view from the lighthouse is very pretty. At its foot, you can visit the ruins of an old Portuguese fortress.
Porters transport your luggage over the sand on wheelbarrows in exchange for a small monetary donation.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
This small preserved paradise offers a considerable choice of pousadas (more than 300!), restaurants, and bars rich in local culture.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The beaches are numbered from 1 to 5. Those who like to party should definitely visit beach no. 2.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The pousadas located furthest away are found after a 30 minute drive in a hippy-style Volkswagen minibus on a route worthy of the Dakar Rally.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
A heavenly setting awaits you at Encantado lagoon (located the furthest away) for a well-deserved swim in this lost corner of the world.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE