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Despite recent waves of international attention and an influx of world-class design talent, Trancoso hasn't lost its head. It's still a place where one can truly escape, enjoying precious tranquility and splendid isolation.

Founded in the 16th century, Trancoso remains a coastal fishing village at heart. Horses wander along the sandy streets, soccer games form spontaneously at dusk, and paper lanterns float above garden cafés. In the evening, everyone gathers around the Quadrado—the grassy rectangle that serves as town square and community living room.

Trancoso's beaches are long, wide stretches of white and gold sand, intermittently backed by red sandstone bluffs and coconut palms. At low tide the outlying reefs turn the shoreline of nearby Praia do Espelho into a smooth-as-glass natural swimming pool. Some beaches, like Itacana, are perpetually crowd-free. Others—such as Praia dos Nativos—pulse until dawn with sand-floored beach bars.

Carnival and New Year's are peak seasons, when well-heeled urbanites from Sao Paulo, Salvador and Rio escape the city to party in relative exclusivity of Trancoso. From October to May temperatures range from the high 80s to low 70s. The "cool" months of June to September mark low season, with temperatures 80° F to 65° F and not a Paulistano is sight. Whale watching season is July to October. Year round, you can expect refreshing ocean breezes and sunny skies; precipitation rarely exceeds four inches per month (although that may all come in one cloudburst).

Trancoso can be reached by land from Porto Seguro, one hour to the north. Porto Seguro receives direct daily flights from Rio de Janeiro (one hour), Salvador (one hour), and Sao Paulo (90 minutes). If your need for tranquility is urgent, we can arrange helicopter and jet charters.

Mosaico Travel Services arranges personalized travel in Brazil and throughout South America. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

"The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil."

Marcus Tullius Cicero