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6 Days Taste of Culinary Holiday in Trancoso, Brazil

Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Quadrado, Trancoso, Porto Seguro Municipality, Bahia, Nordeste, Brazil

Culinary Holiday in Brazil

Come and indulge yourself in this culinary holiday! With authenticity, make this the greatest luxury visit to Bahia, Brazil's picturesque and historical state. Enjoy what Bahia has to offer, such as Trancoso's Quadrado and UNSECO-protected town square. UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa will make you enjoy this holiday, which is one of their best culinary holiday, where you'll get the best experience of food tasting at different restaurants, a cooking class in your own kitchen with an experienced chef, a boat trip to Caraiva and Espelho. Enjoy Brazil in a different way!

Highlights

  • Cooking class with UXUA's chef
  • 3 dinners at the restaurants while a boat trip to Espelho
  • Lunch at Boteco do Para, a typical family-owned bar serving local seafood
  • Boat trip to Caraiva, a colonial village at the edge of an Indian reserve
  • Boat trip to Espelho with Silvinha lunch
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Bahian breakfast

Styles


5 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Porto Seguro Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

During this holiday you will get choices of place where you will be staying at which are Estúdio, 1 Suite, 2 Suite, and 3 Suite. All of them are part of UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa.

Estúdio

Estúdio features a wonderful sense of open space, rustic local accents, sturdy furniture, antiques, and art merge harmoniously. The hardwood floors reclaimed from a local farm set an organic tone complemented by a spectacular indoor / outdoor bathroom featuring a vertical garden, sinks carved from tree trunks found in the UXUA garden, and double-wooden shower heads.

Since Trancoso was rediscovered by the world (by wandering hippies actually) in the 1970s, many international artists have relocated here. Estúdio was envisioned as a perfect retreat for one of them. It’s an airy one-bedroom studio with abundant space for living and creating. An entire wall opens to a vast garden patio, perfect for relaxing or quiet contemplation among nature.

1 Suite

1 Suite, one-bedroom houses, has six different types such as Seu Pedrinho, Seu Irênio, Casa Da Arvore, Terraço Do Ceu, Quintal Da Glória, Seu João.

Seu Pedrinho

Seu Pedrinho is the largest one-bedroom casa on the historic Quadrado with an airy, bright interior no less colorful than its exterior. Accented with smooth wooden floors, each room offers a Quadrado view. This has a vast living area with deep sofas, an open kitchen and a dining room, a bar, a cozy private garden, two bathrooms, one with a double shower, and a spacious bedroom with a canopy bed. The casa's brilliant magenta color was inspired by the area's oldest bougainvillea which grows out front with a rustic picnic table resting in its shade.

Seu Irênio

Legend goes that Seu Irênio burned the musky resin of almescar trees each evening in front of his large, white casa on the Historic Quadrado, hypnotizing children with stories and performing tricks, gaining him the affectionate nickname ‘the magician of almescar. The warmth felt for Irênio by the community inspired a very loving restoration of his home by local artisans.

Seu Irênio is the Quadrado's only one-bedroom casa with a pool and has a design perfectly merging rustic modernism with luxury. Light streams through glass tiles hidden in an antique roof; old interior walls stripped to their structural frame allow the flow of air and wide Quadrado views; a bedroom with a spectacular garden bath and double-shower open to the sky beside a private plunge pool.

Terraço Do Ceu

Hippies settled in Trancoso in the 1970s bringing international influence. Just off the Historic Quadrado, a free-spirited ceramic artist nicknamed Cala built his atelier inspired by the Greek islands with whitewashed walls, arches, and blue accents. It is now a spectacularly unique onr-bedroom casa, the only building of its epoch in Trancoso to enjoy historic preservation status. Its rooftop views over old Trancoso inspired the name Terraço Do Céu (Terrace Of The Sky).

Terraço’s stunning rooftop with a swimming pool is its signature element and makes it one of the most in-demand casas in Trancoso. The countless other details have led it to win architectural awards with an interior completed in 2013 and reflecting UXUA's latest evolutions in creative artiginal design with contributions from several of UXUA’s acclaimed Artist In Casa.

Quintal Da Glória

Named after the late Dona da Glória, Trancoso's legendary midwife and healer whose tropical garden it overlooks (see Glória in a documentary by UXUA and acclaimed Brazilian director Cisma). This airy yet intimate studio nestles in ancient treetops, its deck invaded by branches forming a central ‘highway’ for a family of monkeys gathering fruits each day from UXUA's garden.

Quintal Da Glória has an outdoor deck with a deep sofa, countless cushions, dining table, and loads of room to enjoy tropical garden views. Local ceramics, antiques, and artisanal creations including TV hidden within a wooden trunk are UXUA signatures, and here are beautifully composed atop white, burnt-cement floors created with a traditional technique. A spectacular open-air bathroom with double-showers of eucalyptus wood features a privileged view over the secret gardens behind Trancoso’s famed Quadrado.

Casa Da Árvore

UXUA's wooded garden begged for a fantasy treehouse and centuries of fallen trees, reclaimed wood of old farms, and Wilbert Das's imagination made it a reality. The result is eco-consciousness meets summer palace meets Robinson Crusoe. Sprawling across three levels, this elevated treehouse dream earns "green" credentials not only from recycled woods but also a traditional thatched roof and an award-winning interior executed from reclaimed, organic materials gathered across southern of Bahia.

Despite rustic appearances, this is no ascetic hippie enclave. Little luxuries (and big surprises) are hidden under the steep pitch of a painstakingly-crafted native roof including large covered veranda / al fresco living room with hammock and bar, the bathroom's double shower, and spa tub on the outdoor deck, plus a cozy, rustic lounge beneath the casa with antique wooden swings.

Seu João

Inspired by the spirit of João's "open house", UXUA recreated this traditional home as an actual open house, removing walls to open an entire side revealing a tropical oasis of private gardens while inviting inside Bahia's tropical breezes and light.

Seu João looks like a traditional fishermen's bungalow transforms upon entering into a gleaming, bright hideaway. An entire wall opens revealing a lush private courtyard, with wooden decks around a swimming pool with hydro-massage Jacuzzi, an outdoor shower, and a rustic pergola. The open-air bathroom features a sunken shower / bath and sinks carved from tree trunks.

2 Suite

2 Suite consists of several houses such as Gulab Mahal, Eugênia, and Nozinho. All of them has two bedrooms with an ensuite bath, a kitchen, and a living room with a beautifully designed interior.

Gulab Mahal

A simple native home sat here for centuries but after Trancoso’s rediscovery by hippies in the 70s, a family of adventurous travelers arrived and opened a wondrous Indian restaurant they named Gulab Mahal, adding a raised mezzanine lounge, stained glass windows, and an outdoor kitchen with a tiered garden which UXUA preserved in homage to the casa’s unique history.

The casa is rich with authentic details including the traditional rustic table and chairs sitting on the Historic Quadrado. Views of the square are enjoyed throughout including the large living room and pillow-filled mezzanine with carved hardwood accents plus a sunken outdoor kitchen. Two split-level bedroom suites feature stunning reclaimed hardwood floors.

Eugênia

This house was named after a favorite tree, a noble Eugênia gently guarding over UXUA. Trancoso always attracted nature-lovers. The hippie commune owning this land in the 70s were so enamored by their countless trees that they removed none, even fallen ones. Local artisans eventually gathered that old wood to create organic details of UXUA while all living trees are honored and casas-like Eugênia feature them growing inside, branches, and limbs shooting through the roof.

Labeled a "masterpiece of rustic modernism", Eugênia is the largest, most palatial of UXUA's casas and gets all the angles right. The garden location amid masses of a verdant greenery, pool shaped of local stones, an indoor / outdoor kitchen, and a terrace for al fresco dining, a master suite with a warehouse-sized bathroom replete with antique iron tub, and a second-floor bedroom suite with a balcony overlooking the trees. You can add countless eco-conscious touches like a sofa of recycled canvas from Amazonian truck covers.

Nozinho

Casa Nozinho was named after its former owner, a native fisherman who moved just down the street (moves are never far in Trancoso). Tucked into a quiet corner of UXUA's garden, this peaceful house enjoys abundant sunshine and a true neighborhood feel. Nozinho was proud of his immaculate gardens, manicuring even his grass, something considered quite exotic among the other fishermen.

Nozhinho is UXUA’s typical rustic-modernism, a playful abundance of color and light. The bright and airy Casa Nozinho sports sofa-fuls of light-toned throw pillows, and scores of homey details. The kitchen is large and welcoming and the massive outdoor dining area invites unforgettable meals at home. The bedroom suites face separate gardens on opposite sides of the house, a cozy detail delivering maximum privacy to each guest.

3 Suite

3 Suite has two-bedroom in the main house with the third a garden suite separated by a patio filled with cushions and covered by a flowering pergola. A table in front of the casa invites al fresco dinner parties or cocktails on the historic square while a rustic table inside offers a more intimate option. It also has Quadrado views from the kitchen, dining, or the airy living room with its deep sofas.

3 Suite was the most recent native parents to raise a large, happy family in this antique fisherman's casa at the heart of the Historic Quadrado. For an authentic dose of Trancoso visitors can’t do better than stay here. Antiques include precious pieces of Trancoso history from antique painted signs to a religious oratorio (a traditional alter found in old Bahian homes).

Program

During this tour you will have a cooking class in your own kitchen with UXUA's chef who teaches the art of making the perfect moqueca - Bahia's traditional fish stew, a boat trip to Espelho with Silvinha lunch plus three dinners at the three restaurants such as Capim Santo, Jacare de Brasil, and Maritaca, a boat trip to Caraiva which is a colonial village at the edge of an Indian reserve with beautiful beach and seashore, and lunch at Boteco do Para which is a typical family-owned bar serving local seafood delicacies with a forgotten-in-time vibe.

Capim Santo is Trancoso's oldest restaurant now - a Brazilian sensation with an acclaimed second location opened in Sao Paulo. Meanwhile, Jacare do Brasil offers innovative dishes in an absolutely refined, relaxed Trancoso atmosphere - just steps from the Quadrado, and Maritaca is a landmark equally renowned for its convivial social atmosphere and wood-fired pizzas with a few culinary surprises.

Note: Restaurant bookings are subject to availability and seasonality. Drinks included or excluded depending on the restaurant.

Included excursions

  • Boat trip to Caraiva, a colonial village at the edge of an Indian reserve with beautiful river beach and seashore
  • Boat trip to Espelho

Location

Trancoso

Trancoso is in Brazil's verdant and historic Bahia state, a magical spot where the rainforest meets Atlantic mangrove and endless beaches. A perfect subtropical climate and warm ocean temperatures bless this area year-round. In the 70s, the hippies reached Trancoso by walking three-hour along empty beaches of the city of Porto Seguro because there was no road. Porto Seguro today is only 55-minute away by car (eight minutes by helicopter) and its airport receives daily flights from major Brazilian cities. The culture here is unique and people one-of-a-kind, as these local stories, traditions, and events reveal.

Uxua Praia

Every Uxua casa has its own, deep sofa reserved on the beach. It's only an eight-minute walk from the hotel, through the Historic Quadrado and down a path to a simple wooden bridge passing one of the best-preserved stretches of Atlantic mangrove in Brazil. Arriving at Uxua Praia, towels, every imaginable drink, and Uxua's innovative Bahian fusion cuisine

Distances

  • Belo Horizonte - 60 minutes' flight
  • Salvador da Bahia - 45 minutes' flight
  • Porto Seguro - 55 minutes by car and 8 minutes by helicopter
  • Rio de Janiero - 70 minutes' flight
  • São Paulo - 90 minutes' flight
  • Uxua Beach - 8 minutes by foot

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Gym
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Surfing

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Food

You will get Bahian breakfast, two lunches (SIlvinha lunch and at Boteco do Para which is a typical family-owned bar serving local seafood delicacies with a forgotten-in-time vibe), and three dinners to be chosen between three restaurants (Capim Santo, Jacare do Brasil, and Maritaca). However, this holiday does not include meals and beverages.

With Bahia's rich culinary heritage mixing African, Native American, and Portuguese influences and Trancoso's unique rediscovery by hippies in the 1970s, it is no surprise that the food scene here is dynamic. Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa celebrates every aspect from the most innovative restaurant to the goodness of home cooking and simple, traditional street food. Bahian cooking seems to be as much about smiles as it is spices. Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa has always been welcomed in local homes for meals and invited to join in cooking. Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa's own kitchens have the same family atmosphere.

Taste of Tradition - Moqueca Baiana

If there's a single dish which defines cuisine of the region, it is the famed fish stew, moqueca baiana. It is a spectacularly flavorful meal tracing African origins in ingredients such as dende oil, coconut milk, and sweet peppers.

Recipe - Frutos Do Mar with black rice

This is a mixed seafood sauté with lobster, octopus, squid, prawns, and mussels in tomato-basil and pitanga-fruit sauce accompanied by black rice. This is definitely one of UXUA's signatures and something loved to make. You may give it a try.

Laid-back Trancoso ice tea

In Brazil where tropical fruits grow in abundance, it's no surprise that there are fresh juice bars all over and a really creative culture around healthy drinks. The concoctions can be far more complex than just mixing together a few fruits. Some have organic energizers in them derived from acai and guarana fruit, or even more exotic ingredients like Yohimbe.

UXUA's barmen are expert at inventing drinks which pack a punch of vitamins and energy, but they've also experimented for years with non-alchohlic drinks meant to relax. The most popular drink is Trancoso ice tea. Its creation dates way back to a creative period in late 2008 before UXUA was open to guests when the team spent a few months together enjoying the hotel's atmosphere and experimenting with recipes for the new menus inspired only by local traditions and imagination.

A pasta tribute to Trancoso's fishermen

Fishermen's spaghetti is something to love to prepare because while it is not a traditional recipe, it nonetheless pays homage to the culture and lifestyle of local fishermen. Everyone seems to love the dish, making it a cornerstone of the menu and favorite among both visitors and Trancoso residents.

UXUA's backyard spices

This is a sweet and delicate little pepper from the gardens to your table. Local cooks have long claimed that the soil in the center of old Trancoso is the richest and most fertile in the area and here's some spicy proof.

UXUA recipe - ice cream sandwich

Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa is always creating ice cream sandwiches and pop cycles with new recipes. This one is inspired by a staple food that is loved of Brasil, tapioca. It's used to create a shell which is filled with homemade cream and cashew with caramel ice cream.

Trancoso farm and fish market

Every Saturday morning, Trancoso's farm and fish market is a pure image of Bahia.

Chocolate from the Americas

Chocolate isn't Swiss. It has its roots in the Americas where cacao is indigenous. It's a privilege for you to have old cacao trees growing naturally in UXUA's garden and Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa makes good use of them.

UXUA recipe - the iconic Bribando salad

The original outsiders who rediscovered Trancoso in the 1970s, mostly hippies and artists, were welcomed by the natives and were given the affectionate nickname biribandos.

Artisanal ice cream

Not just original, you reinvent it each day. It is totally fresh, organic, spontaneous, and totally Trancoso

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Beach volleyball
  • Capoeira lessons
  • Gym
  • Massage
  • Sea kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Yoga

What's included

  • Cooking class in your own kitchen with UXUA's chef
  • Boat trip to Espelho with Silvinha lunch plus 3 dinners at the 3 restaurants (Capim Santo, Jacare do Brasil, and Maritaca)
  • Boat trip to Caraiva
  • Lunch at Boteco do Para
  • Elaborate Bahian breakfast and reserved sofa at UXUA beach lounge
  • Transfers to and from Porto Seguro Airport (BPS)
  • Use of a gym, Wi-Fi, and parking
  • 3 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • 13% taxes and service taxes
  • Flights
  • Extra meals, beverages, and activities not listed on the experience

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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