dive into the brazilian culture and discover a kaleidoscope of traditions and beliefs that
emerged from the mix between Indigenous, european and african civilizations!
Northeastern Brazil is arguably the country's most culturally rich area, comprising nine states (out of twenty-six): Maranhão, Piauí, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia (where Itacaré is located), along with the Fernando de Noronha archipelago (once a separate territory, now part of Pernambuco).
Known as Nordeste (“Northeast”) and with a population of almost 54 million people (28% of the country's total population), this region was first inhabited by a vast and prosperous Indigenous population speaking mostly languages of the Tupi-Guarani family, before being “discovered” and colonized by the Portuguese and other Europeans, back in the early 16th century.
The Nordeste Brasileiro encapsulates and it's the ultimate expression of Brazil's rich culture, which is the result of an incredible mix of Indigenous, African and European traditions over the last centuries. Nordeste's dialects, history, folklore, cuisines, music, literature and etc. have captivated the imagination of people across the entire world, who come to this region in search of an unparalleled cultural experience and natural sights of indescribable beauty.
Most people in Itacaré do not speak English so in order for you to have a better experience we highly recommend taking some Portuguese classes prior and/or during your stay with us. We offer online lessons via Skype and the in-person classes are held at the Learning Space inside our Volunteer House.
We have partnered with an excellent local teacher who has offered our volunteers and interns a very special deal for one-on-one classes:
10-Classes package: $165 US dollars;
20-Classes package: $295 US dollars.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Dating back to the 16th century, Capoeira's history is intertwined with the colonization period and African slavery in Brazil. On November 26, 2014, Capoeira was recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
While it is possible to have private classes, we recommend joining one of the local Capoeira groups a better and more authentic experience. Either way, we can make it happen for you!
Originated on the farms and plantations all over the Nordeste Brasileiro at the end of the 19th century, Forró gained national and international recognition with Luiz Gonzaga (1912-1989), a folklorist, music historian and performer who is considered the greatest personification of Forró's culture.
There are plenty of bars with live music in Itacaré where you can learn and dance Forró with locals, but if you prefer taking some actual lessons, we can certainly hook you up with one of the Forró teachers we know. Prices will vary depending on the type (individual or group) and number of classes.
Itacaré is internationally famous for the quality and consistency of waves, for all levels and styles. Here you will find not only perfect conditions to learn or improve your surfing skills, but also breathtaking sceneries that seem out of fairytales.
Our surfing instructors are locals with years of experience surfing and teaching here. Prices include surfboard rental, and will depend on the student's level as well as on the number of classes.
culinary, music and more…
There is no shortage of activities for you in Itacaré, and region. Besides all of the above, you can also learn how to cook traditional meals, play local music instruments such as the berimbau, and practice futevôlei and other local sports, among others.
There are also many folklore, art and cultural festivals happening throughout the year!
Please let us know what your interests are so we can connect you with the right people in town!
Fore more information about everything Itacaré has to offer, please visit: www.itacare.com