GETTING TO ITACARÉ:
By plane +bus and/or taxi: Take a flight to Ilhéus and get a transfer to the bus station (Rodoviária). At the bus station buy a ticket to Itacaré from the Rota bus company. This is around a one and a half to two hours bus ride depending on how many stops the bus makes. Alternatively you can arrange an airport pickup/ taxi transfer in advance through the pousada you will be staying with for around R$250,00 round trip, or take an airport taxi when you arrive at the airport, which costs around R$180,00 one way.
Alternatively fly to Salvador and take a 9 hour bus ride from the Rodoviária (bus station) or get the ferry to Bom Despacho on Itaparica island from where there are hourly buses with Cidade Sol bus company. The trip Bom Despacho to Itacaré takes between 4 and 5 hours and costs around R$ 40,00.
By Car: From Ilheus drive north on the BR101 towards Itabuna and then take the BA001 into Itacaré. Total journey time is around 1.5 hours. From Salvador take the ferry to Bom Despacho on Itaparica island and then the BA001 south through Valença (where boats go to Boipeba) and then Camamu (where boats leave for the Maraú Peninsula) until you get to Itacaré. Total journey time is around 5 hours.
From Maraú Peninsula Take the BR030 south west until you reach the BA001, turn left and the next town is Itacaré.
N.B If you are driving a 4×4 and are coming from the Maraú Peninsula there is an even more scenic way to get to Itacaré. Drive south along the BR030 and take the turning to Pontal. You’ll have 5 kms of soft sand track and end up at the “balsa” a small ferry which will take you across the Rio das Contas to Itacaré.
1) For a good map of the region check out Itacare.com
2) Don’t attempt to do the Maraú /Itacaré ferry option if it is raining, or if you don’t have a 4×4. Best to check local conditions before starting out.
3) Many planes to Ilheus connect in Salvador even if you are coming from Rio or São Paulo. If by any chance your plane from Salvador to Ilheus is cancelled ensure you are put on another flight and DO NOT accept the alternative
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