‘Salvador de Bahía’

Itapuã Beach

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Considered one of the most famous beaches of Salvador da Bahia, it is located 21 kilometers from the city center. It is sheltered by coral reefs, the waters are warm and calm, with white sand, huge coconut trees and rocky formations that become perfect natural swimming holes when the tide is low, ideal for risk-free bathing. In the tupi guarani language, Itapuã means ‘the snoring stone’. According to legend, whenever the tide was low there was a stone that could be heard snoring. Itapuã features in songs by famous Brazilian composers such as Vinícius de Moraes and Toquinho in Tarde…

The Elevador Lacerda is one of the symbols of Salvador da Bahia

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The Elevador Lacerda is a masterpiece of the art déco style; this huge elevator stands out as one of the most emblematic tourist attractions of Brazil. Salvador is divided in two parts, the Cidade Alta and the Cidade Baixa, as a result of the hilly layout of the city. The upper and lower parts of the city are connected by this famous elevator. Inaugurated in 1873, the Elevador Lacerda was the first public elevator in the world. It goes back to the early 17th century, when the Jesuits set up an initial elevator consisting of a platform moved by ropes…

Hunchback whales near Salvador da Bahia

  The coast of Salvador da Bahia is a special place for hunchback whales. These marine giants visit the warm waters every year during the mating season. July to November is the period when they leave the cold waters of Antarctica for the warm sea off Bahia, providing a formidable ‘show’ known as the baleiada. Hunchback whales, which can reach a length of 16 meters and can weigh up to 40 metric tons, after mating or giving birth will then travel for nearly 4,500 km to return to Antarctica, where they spend most of the year, feeding on small crustaceans…

Things to do in Praia do Forte

The captivating fisherman’s town of Praia do Forte has a lot to offer. With magnificent semi-deserted beaches lined with coconut trees and beautiful natural swimming areas formed by coral reefs, this exuberant ecosystem is conveniently preserved and the exotic cuisine features many delicious flavors, amidst a pleasant tropical climate with steady temperature. Here go just a few of the myriad activities that may interest you. · You can visit the 16th century García D’Ávila Castle, built in 1551 on a hill just 2 km from the town. It is also known as Casa da Torre, being the only medieval style…

The Rio Olympic Games are here

  The first Olympic Games in South America will be held in Rio de Janeiro, from August 5 to 21. The world’s most important sports event arrives in Rio just two years after the Soccer World Cup. Brazil’s energy, the warmth and joy of the cariocas will surely make Rio 2016 the most colorful and endearing Olympic Games in history. Rio provides a beautiful, vibrating scenario, with beaches and landscapes that have become world icons. The impressive Copacabana beach will be the venue of some of the most important events, while the opening and closing ceremonies will be celebrated in…

Samba, Brazil’ national identity.

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Samba is the most popular music and dancing style of Brazil. It arose in Rio de Janeiro, taken there from Bahia, and grew up to become the quintessential music and dance of the nation. It is the foundation of the Rio Carnival and has become part of the DNA of all Brazilians. With its rhythm and voluptuous dance it has travelled the world over, becoming one of the most catchy and popular rhythms of South America. It was born when descendants of Africans migrated from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro at the end of the 19th century, taking with them…

Pelourinho, the colonial city of the Cidade Alta of Salvador da Bahia

  One of the most interesting parts of Salvador da Bahia is the colonial center of the Cidade Alta (High City), known as Pelourinho or Pelô. It is the old quarter of Salvador, the capital of Portuguese colonial Brazil for over 200 years. The wealthiest and most influential families erected the most beautiful baroque buildings in Pelourinho. It currently boasts the greatest concentration of colonial architecture in South America. The steep cobbled streets reflect the joyful and colorful vitality of Bahia, doing away with the traces of the origins of the name (Pelourinho refers to a post in the central…

8 reasons for falling in love with Salvador da Bahia

Here go just a few of the reasons why you can fall in love with Salvador da Bahia: · The Pelourinho. O Pelô, as the locals call this quarter of the city. · Their gods: The orishas cult and everything it entails. It’s truly impressive. · All Saints’ Bay: Travel around the bay on board a schooner and then you can tell us about it. · The Carnival: A popular, fun celebration that is not at all ostentatious. The best street carnival you’ll find. · Bahianas: The women from Bahia will win you over with their delicious food. The acarajé…

Basic travel tips when in Brazil

We know you are well-informed travelers and that you look up where you’re going to when visiting another country. Here go a few tips for those of you who want to know more about Brazil. · It is advisable to take out comprehensive travel insurance. This goes for any destination, not just Brazil! · Choose the best season. Are you among those who think the weather is always warm in Brazil? Click here. · Vaccines. At present no vaccines are required when travelling to Brazil. Although they are reasonably under control, the country does have certain health problems: dengue fever,…

Salvador de Bahia, a unique city

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Salvador de Bahia is a city that’s hard to replace: you can try to imitate it, and the fact is that there are cities in Brazil that resemble Salvador, but there is only one true Salvador, which is unique and irreplaceable and one of the travel destinations par excellence in Brazil. When traveling to Salvador de Bahia there are some commonplace recommendations that not even the most rebellious of travelers can avoid: you must visit the Pelourinho district, you must explore the churches that have been there for hundreds of years and indulge in the festivities; you must eat acarajé in…