My wife, two teen-age daughters and I are planning a trip to the State of Bahia. We are interested in experiencing a wide sample of all this region has to offer in terms of culture, natural scenery, and sunny beaches. After some preliminary research Salvador, Chapada Diamantina (to stay in Lençois) and Ictare all look like great targets.
My burning question at present, is whether it is realistic for us to get to these places within a two-week trip without introducing a lot of stress. If so what's best way to travel between these locations? From the states we will fly into Salvador. After a couple day stay I'd like to rent a car and drive to Lençois to stay another couple days and then drive from there to Itacare. From Itacare my thought is to drive to Ilheus in order to fly back north to Salvador to catch our international flight home.
How reasonable is this plan? Once outside of Salvador, I'm interested in a rental car so we have so more flexibility and can reduce travel time vs. bus. I don't speak Portuguese but do have some experience driving in more challenging non-US locations, Thanks much for any advice you may be able to provide.