Cachoeira is one of Candomblé’s strongest and perhaps purest spiritual and religious centers. On Friday and Saturday nights, ceremonies are often held in small homes and shacks in the hills. Travelers who are especially interested in learning more should contact the tourist office for information about local guides who specialize in this particular scene.

The town also maintains a strong tradition of African-influenced wood carving. Stop in on the ateliers (studios) of two of the best sculptors in town, Doidão and Louco, to get a sense of the local style.

Note that, as elsewhere in Bahia, churches are sometimes closed even when their posted opening hours indicate otherwise. Admission is by donation.