Time moves slowly in the remote and beautiful village of Caraíva, flanked by the mangrove-lined Rio Caraíva and warm waves of the Atlantic ocean, where roads and cars don’t exist (neither did electricity before 2007). The easygoing atmosphere has long attracted hippies and those looking for a quiet pace of life. Today, there's cell-phone reception, internet access and a stronger infrastructure to support tourism (although you still expect power outages). Surfers, yogis and hipsters have flocked to the tiny town, giving it a nice mix of traditional village and progressive commune.

The village also makes for the optimal jumping off point to explore the Parque Nacional de Monte Pascoal, as well as the remote beaches of Corumbau .