llheus is located in south of Bahia, with a local airport as the main gate. Besides the beautiful beaches of the area, the city is very rich in History and culture.
The Cocoa (Cacau in Portuguese), a plant native to the Amazon, was first brought to Bahia in seed form in 1746 and planted on the Cubículo farm in Canaveiras, located 110 km away from Ilheus. It was to bring unprecedented wealth to this part of Bahia, the golden era being from the late 19th century until relatively recently. Nowadays there are still some cocoa farms and fine production of chocolates, open for visitation. The city center counts with houses from the golden era, most of it very well conserved, besides museums and the main square.