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Things To Do in Salvador de Bahia

By Paige, Nicaragua, September 2012

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While Rio de Janeiro gets all the ink (and Sao Paolo, the business), the true birthplace of what we now think of as Brazilian culture is the tropical capital of Bahia State, Salvador de Bahia. Overlooking the lovely palm-fringed islands of Todos Santos Bay, it is a wonderfully restored confection of lovely colonial architecture, exciting nightlife, fantastic music, a Carnival to rival Rio’s and a collection of beaches that may well be the best in Brazil.

This festive city’s fame, as an artistic and musical melting pot of black and Brazilian traditions, has a predictably painful history; this was once the center of Portuguese America’s slave trade. Today, Brazil’s first slave market and surrounding old quarter have been refurbished and brightly painted, and are now teeming with tourists here to enjoy Brazil’s African renaissance centered on the historic district called Pelourinho.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Brazil Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Brazil.

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