TABOQUINHAS

The Taboquinhas District was considered the most important of the entire municipality back in the days when tourism didn't exist in this area.

When the economic base was cocoa, Taboquinhas was the political centre of the municipality. With the collapse of the cocoa industry and the growth of tourism, business started moving more towards the coast (Itacaré).

Adventure tourism has had a big role in reviving the Taboquinhas district. Each year more and more eager tourists pass through Taboquinhas (which is located on the Contas River) for a massive dose of adrenaline. The most popular activities here include white-water rafting, kayaking, rappelling and zip lining.

Thanks to the cocoa industry and the fact that cocoa needs shade to grow, the Atlantic Rainforest has been well preserved here. Old cocoa plantations and estates have begun to open their gates to visitors in recent years, so everyone can now appreciate these incredible estates with old mansions and working quarters dating back more than 300 years.

In the end, the Witch's Broom plague (a fungus that devastated cocoa crops) brought about some positive outcomes; It showed that, in practise, it is in fact possible to integrate agriculture, tourism and conservation. Incidentally, it's impossible to write about this subject without mentioning Rua de Palha, Água Fria and the entire rural belt of the Taboquinhas district.

IN TABOQUINHAS IT ALSO GETS COLD...

That's right. Winters are marked by a brisk drop in temperatures. Luckily winter is also the season of the Festivals of June, with bonfires and liqueurs to warm the body and soul. Besides the normal traditions, a well-known characteristic of the Festivals of June in Taboquinhas is the square dance "Rose and Rosey", where boys are girls and girls are boys - everyone dressed up as such and having lots of fun!

Another important festival, much anticipated by Taboquinha's residents, is the commemoration of the town's protector - the benevolent Jesus. This is celebrated on the 6th of August every year. It is a very religious occasion. There will always be a religious procession through the main streets of town. But of course this festival also has a fun side to it with lots of food, drink and music to be found.

HOW TO GET THERE

Leaving Itacaré on the BA-001 you will arrive to Kilometer 6, a circular roundabout. This is where you turn right and continue along the BA-654, which not only leads to Taboquinhas, but also to other important regional towns such as Ubaitaba.

The drive to Taboquinhas is 25 km (15.6 miles) along a dirt road - therefore it's a bit tretuous after rain.