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Salvador

Summary

Brazil`s first capital has a historical center with over 1.000 buildings and churches constructed in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. It has been proclaimed part of Brazil’s historical patrimony and declared humanity’s patrimony by UNESCO. Salvador combines historical buildings, cultural parties and natural attractions: São Marcelo Fort, Mont Serrat, Barra Lighthouse, Bonfim Church, the Sacred Art Museum and Itapoã beach are only a little part of this city`s attractions that can’t be missed. The “Pelourinho” is where the historical part of the city is placed, being declared a Universal Patrimony by UNESCO. There are churches and other constructions from the 17th century of great historic value, but also the Pelourinho Night and Day project, which is free of charge and brings to the public daily events such as musical performances, dances and short plays that please all types of tastes. There are also the practices of the Olodum (an important regional music group) every Sunday and Tuesday. Salvador also offers every year a big and popular Carnival, mixing all rhythms and sounds and making millions of people happy. The Bahia`s Carnival is a seven-whole-days mass event that is considered one of the world`s largest parties in public participation.

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Tours

A night of authentic folklore where Afro-Brazilian culture is presented: “Candomblé”, “Maculelê”, “Puxada de Rede”, “Dança de Caboclo”, “Samba de Roda” and a wonder­ful Capoeira`s show are included as well as all the transportation, a bilingual guide and dinner with typical or international food.

The whole tour is around Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints Bay) to get a nice view of uptown and it occurs into a schooner equipped with a good sound system and a bar (after a Transfer from the hotel to the docks). The Schooner stops twice: the first time is for bath­ing, in the Island of Friars; the second stop takes place in the Island of Itaparica and its reason is to visit the Fonte da Bica (a fount of mineral water) and the colonial monuments in the village.

Starting at the fort of Santo Antonio da Barra, better known as Farol da Barra (Barra Lighthouse), this tour follows up to Cidade Alta (uptown), along Corredor da Vitória, 2nd of July Square and Castro Alves Theater. The main interest in this tour is to visit the Pelourinho Area, listed by UNESCO as the most important colonial complex from the 17th and 18th centuries that still exists in the world. There the tourist will see the magnificent church of São Franciso de Assis, the Museum of the City among other attractions. There is a stop at a silver handicraft shop before returning to the hotel.

This tour starts along Cidade Baixa (the lower part of the city), passing by some of the best panoramic views of Salvador: Itapagipe Península, the valley avenues, the traditional port of ribeira. Also part of this tour, the visitor will see Senhor do Bonfim church (which is maybe the most popular church in Brazil), Boa Viagem beach, Lacerda public elevator and “Mercado Modelo” (the biggest handicraft market in Salvador. There is a stop for shopping before returning to the hotel.

Located at 90 Km up north, from Salvador, the route already includes many attractions on its way. The trip begins with a ride along the coast line up to the white dunes of the Lagoa do Abaeté (Abaeté lagoon), followed by the beaches of Guarajuba and Praia do Forte and its fishermen village, that became a touristic sight, due to the incredible nature preservation and the TAMAR PROJECT, that help on the preservation of the sea turtles (www.projetotamar.org.br). Lunch in Guarajuba Beach, besides swimming, is highly recommendable.