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The Brazilian city of Ilheus is located along the Cocoa Coast, for, in the 19th Century, this stretch of coastline was famous for its cocoa production. Sadly, in the 1980s, a fungus called ‘witch’s broom’ killed the plantations and left the region’s cocoa industry in tatters. You will be able to see glimpses of the wealth that once existed in Ilheus when you explore the city, as a few of the mansions once built by wealthy plantation owners still exist. 
The Ilhéus of today is characterised by colourful, early-20th-century architecture and oddly angled streets, as well as the magnificent landscape, which includes native Atlantic forests and beautiful white-sand beaches.
While Ilhéus might be a little rough-around-the-edges and certainly not a prominent feature on many tourists’ Brazilian itineraries, it’s still worth a quick stopover.

Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details

  • South African passport holders travelling to Ilheus do not require a Visa for Brazil for stays of up to 90 days. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
  • The South African Embassy to Brazil is in Brasilia. Av. das Nações, Qd. 801, lote 06 - CEP: 70406-900 Brasília DF. Phone: +55 61 3312-9500 / 3312-9595. Fax: +55 61 3322-8491. E-mail: Website:

See and do

An exploration of Ilhéus’ tiny historic centre comes highly recommended and it is here you’ll find the same sights made famous by resident author Jorge Amado de Faria, who has written about them in his novels. They include the Teatro Municipal, built in 1932, where the author used to go and watch movies, Amado’s residence, the Casa de Cultura Jorge Amado, which his father built in 1920 after winning the lottery, and some early 20th Century houses where the cocoa barons used to live.
There’s also the city’s oldest church, the Igreja de Sao Jorge, which was built in 1534, and some cocoa plantations that are still in operation on the outskirts of the city, where you can experience the cultivation and production process. 
Although the beaches in the city itself aren’t that pretty, the ones either north or south of Ilheus are quite spectacular. These include Praia do Sul, Praia dos Millionarios and further afield, Praia du Cururupe and Batuba.

Ilhéus Jorge Amado Airport – IOS

Ilhéus Airport (code IOS), which was named after the city’s famous resident, writer Jorge Amado de Faria, is situated 3km outside Ilheus town centre. It was built in 2002, a year after the writer died.
Food and beverage: Oclus Cafeteria, Chocolate Caseiro Bahia.
Currency Exchange: Bradesco, Banco do Brasil, Banco Itaú, Tecban provide foreign exchange and ATM services at Ilhéus Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Ilhéus Jorge Amado Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There are no hotels at the airport. Nearby: Cana Brava Resort, Eco Village Indaia, Jardim Atlantico Beach Resort, Opaba Praia Hotel, Txai Resort Itacare.
Car Hire: Argus, Brazil Car Hire, Thrifty.

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