NOTE: These roads are pretty good and you can develop some good speed, but you should be aware of pedestrians and animals crossing the road. There are many people cycling between towns and they do not pay much attention when crossing the road. Animals are also a problems due to the farms surrounding the road. "Blind bends" are extremely dangerous, so do not enter them on full speed. Always reduce your speed. If driving at night you MUST DOUBLE YOUR ATTENTION and run-overs of humans and animals are frequent in this road.
Simply take any bus going to Caravelas. The bus station is in the heart of town, but the town is very small, so no need to despair thinking you're lost. In five minutes you find your way around.
It is the best way to get around town. It is very small town and you can basically reach anywhere on foot.
Not much need for a car. Once you arrive with your car and park it at the hotel, you probably won't need it until you're leaving town. Unless, of course, you're too lazy to walk... :o)
It is not for getting around town, but is a good way to know Viçosa and Caribê rivers and their beautiful mangroves.
There is not much to see in Caravelas itself (the continental part) and people normally go to Caravelas to visit and dive in Abrolhos an archipelago off Caravelas coast.
While in Caravelas you must see:
There are many different types of fish, shrimp, crabs, oyster (which can be harvested in the mangrove and eaten on the spot). Alongside the river there are the people locally known as ribeirinhas.
These people live pretty much an unspoiled way of life in the quietness of the river. If you have the opportunity, you should visit them. They are very welcoming and humble people who enjoy talking to outsiders.
If you plan to visit the mangrove and swim among the mangrove trees, make sure you have a T-shirt on you. There are loads of tiny fish around looking for food and they tend to bite. It does not hurt, but for those not used to it may be an odd and uncomfortable experience.
Also do not step on the mangrove ground. You should float at all times! The main reason for not stepping on the ground is that it after the low tide the oysters end up hidden in the water and if you step on them you can cut yourself pretty bad.If you plan to visit the mangue, you will go on a small fishing boat and spend the day out. You can contact Sérginho who is a great guide and will show the place. He also owns a nice restaurant where he is the chef... He's a great cook! The contact details are: Sérgio Freire, phone (073) 8808 9987.
It is one of the arms of the main river and its banks are covered mainly in mangroves. The forest around the river is intact and keeps its natural untouched beauty.
Not many places to go, but there are some nice local bars where you can mingle with the locals. A nice restaurant (with good food) is Carenagem at the end of the main road next to the gas station.
The shortest way out by car is via Juerana village. However, the map shows this stretch of 70km as being asphalt. The truth is something else. You will probably find 3km of asphalt at best. The rest is a tremendous offroad experience and the 70km becomes 300km, as you cannot develop speed unless you're driving an SUV.
If you, however, want some offroad experience, then it may be worth your while. Just ensure your car is in good shape or you're driving with someone else in case of a breakdown.
Otherwise, you should head straight to Teixeira de Freitas and get onto BR101 (which is in bad state, but drivable). Be careful of potholes and "craters" on BR101.