Directions to reach Spirit Vine

Directions to reach Spirit Vine

The easiest way is to get to the Spirit  Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center is to fly into Ilheus airport. Our Center is 60km north along the coast from Ilheus and is approximately 1 hour driving from the airport. The other option is to arrive via car/taxi/bus in the town of Itacare which is about 15 minutes driving to our center.

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Flying to Brazil

Most major airlines in all countries have flights to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and some other big cities in Brazil. It is best to book your flight directly to Ilheus if this is feasible, otherwise you can book a flight to one of the above mentioned cities and then separately book an internal connection to Ilheus. You can find tickets on websites such as Expedia, Kayak, TripAdvisor, Webjet, SkyScanner, Gol, Latam, Copa, United Airlines, Aerolinas Argentinas and many others. If you need help arranging your flights please contact us.

Flying to Ilheus

You can easily get flights to Ilheus (airport code IOS) from major Brazilian cities with the airlines – Latam, Gol, Azul, and Avianca. All bookings can be done online. We arrange airport transfers with trusted taxi drivers who know the location of our center and have been working with us for many years.

It is very important to note that you need to collect your bags at the first point of entry in Brazil. Even if your ticket is booked onward to another destination, your bags will be offloaded and you have to go through customs and check-in again for your next flight. Also note that there are two different airports in Sao Paulo – Congonhas and Guarulhos – which are 1-2 hours apart (depending on traffic) by taxi or bus.

Or a Road Trip from Salvador to Itacare

Some people also like to arrive via Salvador in Bahia, a bustling city thriving with culture and the old capital of Brazil. TheVine Centre is around 6 hours from Salvador by road and ferry. It is relatively easy to get a ferry and bus from Salvador or you can fly to Ilheus (40 minutes) from Salvador airport. Another option is to arrange a private taxi to take you directly from Salvador to Itacare or Spirit Vine.

To come from Salvador by road, you must cross the Bay of All Saints via the Ferry Boat, which then connects with buses directly to Itacaré. When you arrive on the Ferry Boat, you can book directly with the bus companies Aguia Branca and Cidade Sol.


Itacaré is a small town located on the south coast of Bahia state, just 150 miles from Salvador.

Originally Itacare was a fisherman’s town. The first visit makes it seem like many other small coastal towns, but dig deeper and you’ll find a multi-layered microcosm of everything that makes this world a beautiful place. White sandy beaches, pure, un-adulterated nature, gorgeous people, delectable food, tranquility, and most importantly, sunshine and awesome waves.

Whether body surfing in the warm ocean water, riding a barrel, or practicing yoga on the beach, Itacaré attracts adventure seekers, eco-enthusiasts and urban dwellers alike. Rent a canoe and take a bath in the waterfall in Conta River, scuba dive in Marau, surf in Engenhoca beach (five minutes driving from our center).

Stop by the artisans in Itacare and buy some presents. Dine at one of the many eateries serving local and international cuisine. After dinner and before dessert, stop by the “Jungle” to watch capoira and perhaps even participate. Dance with people from all over the world on the cobble-stoned streets. Itacaré is quite during the day but after the sun sets, the streets start to come alive.

At least once before you return home, try the typical Bahian speciality called Acaraje and Moqueca. Drink an Açai smoothie or a Cacao honey.

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Spirit Vine COVID-19 Update

Last Updated: 5th May 2021

As travel has opened up in different parts of the world, we have resumed our retreats since October 2020. In light of the global situation, we are establishing new guidelines to ensure that we provide the maximum amount of safety to all participants who attend the retreats.

We will be following the guidelines provided by the Brazilian government which you can find below, and adding any necessary precautions suitable for the retreats.

In the Itacare area, where we are located, there are very low number of COVID cases.

We will update this section when new information is available.
Content listed here is subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Brazilian Government Recommendations for COVID-19

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water;
  • if water and soap are not available or when hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used;
  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others;
  • Wear a mask, that covers your nose, mouth and chin;
  • Practice respiratory hygiene;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Be aware of the situation of your destination and follow the guidelines of local public health authorities;
  • Avoid spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact;
  • Monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms and, if you feel unwell:
    – seek medical attention;
    – stay self-isolated as recommended by local health authorities.

Anyone who wants to enter in Brazil must present a negative Covid RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight and travelers must fill out an affidavit (printed or digitally), with the written acknowledgement to the health measures that must be complied with during the period that they will remain in the country. You can find more information about the affidavit here.

Prior to leaving Brazil, depending on the requirements of your destination country, you may be required to present an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of your departure. In this case, we recommend you to budget the required time of 4 hours to take the test and get the results in Sao Paulo airport.

Please note that Itacare and Ilheus do not have RT-PCR testing centers.

Spirit Vine Guidelines for COVID-19

If you will arrive in Brazil more than 3 days before the start of the retreat, then you need to do another Covid test (quick Covid test) before entering our center and send the results to me by email.

Spirit Vine Cancellation Policy for COVID-19

If you have paid for a retreat and you are not able to participate for major reasons like travel restrictions due to Covid-19, then you may apply your credit to another retreat of the same value for a period of 2 years.