Vila Rosa Itacaré, Museu e Café
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Vila Rosa Itacaré, Museu e Café

Cocoa once paid the bills in Ilhéus; although today most of the cocoa plantations have disappeared, Vila Rosa, 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside the city, has been gorgeously restored to its former glory. Guided tours go from bean to bar, bringing visitors along for the collection, fermentation and drying of cocoa beans, then on into the chocolate factory to taste the final product. There are stone pools for taking a dip and you can even kayak out on the reservoir. Oh, and did we mention chocolate?

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