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Route in Bahia Follows Mangrove, Sea and Cocoa Beans

07/27/2017 - 09h10

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MARIA LUÍSA BARSANELLI
SPECIAL ENVOY TO UNA (BA)

The long and narrow line which forms the island of Comandatuba, in the city of Una, in southeastern Bahia, records the region's biodiversity.

The 25 kilometers of land contain several types of landscape: the ocean on one side, with many coconut trees spread along a nearly deserted beach; on the other, the dense woods of the mangroves that surround the canal of brackish, dark water that separates the island from the continent.

Tourists stay mostly at the Transamérica resort, which occupies nearly one fifth of the island's territory. From the hotel, it is possible to hire hikes around the region and visit, for example, a part of the mangrove - the vegetation covers 95% of the island - guided by a biologist.

The tour on the overpass inside the resort lasts about an hour (R$ 10/US$ 3.2 per person) and there are options for the children as well.

The explanations range from the vegetation to the fauna, which includes crustaceous, small monkeys, and birds, like the yellow-crowned night heron (a long-necked bird that makes its nests on the mangrove branches).

On another tour, in the south of the island, it is possible to bathe in the mangrove's dark mud - it is believed that it has healing powers. However, one of the most beautiful views is from Barra Norte, on the border of the archipelago.

This is where the canal waters meet the sea, forming sandbanks and small pools during the low tide period. Tourists can arrive there by buggy or boat and, depending on the time of year, they can even see the turtles laying their eggs on the sand.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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The tour on the overpass inside the resort lasts about an hour
The tour on the overpass inside the resort lasts about an hour

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