My husband and I just recently returned from our first trip to South America. We stayed at an incredible "eco" resort called Itacare Eco Village in Itacare, Bahia, Brazil. Service was unbelievable and the food was excellent. We were in paradise, surrounded by jungle. Itacare village is 2 miles away where we found wonderful shopping and awesome restaurants. One of our favorites was the Dedo De Moca Restuarant. We were the only Americans we saw during our 9 days but had no problems communicating with the locals. There were 2-3 employees of the resort that spoke English as well. This was the best vacation we've ever had and will go back to this resort.