The region of Jiquiriçá Basin is located about 150km west of Salvador. Besides agriculture, its main economical base, tourism came to be an important alternative for the generation of income for the cities of this touristic region, where presence of waterfalls, rivers, hills and exuberant flora and fauna has arose the interest of innumerous visitors, from the ones looking for contact with nature to the ones that prefer extreme and adventure sports, such as horse riding, trekking, canoeing and fishing. The historical/cultural heritage is also rich and diverse and its crafts made with care, form together a range of attractions capable of pleasing regional tourists interested in interacting with the local nature and culture.
As it occurs in other regions of Bahia , where rural tourism finds a socio-cultural environment that is very favorable to its expansion, specially in those properties where the natural resources – such as native forests, springs and rivers – are preserved; in the Jiquiriçá Valley it’s still possible to find farms that keep remarkable features of a time when the agricultural economy was predominant in the productive structure of the state. This kind of tourism constitutes an important alternative source of income for rural producers.
The touristic zone Pathways to Jiquiriçá is formed by two circuits: Jiquiriçá Valley circuit, which comprehends the cities of Amargosa, Cravolândia, Elísio Medrado, Jiquiriçá, Laje, Milagres, Mutuípe, Santa Inês, São Miguel das Matas, Ubaíra and Itiruçu; and South Recôncavo circuit, formed by the cities Castro Alves, Conceição do Almeida, Cruz das Almas, Dom Macedo Costa, Santa Terezinha, Santo Antônio de Jesus, São Felipe, Varzedo and Itatim.