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How to Spend 2 Days in Salvador da Bahia

How to Spend 2 Days in Salvador da Bahia

The capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia is the place to go for sizzling beats, impromptu street parties, and sun-drenched beaches. Add visits to beautiful colonial buildings and a hefty dose of Afro-Brazilian culture, and you’ve got the perfect Brazilian vacation. Here’s how to maximize two days in Salvador da Bahia.

Day 1: Essential Salvador

**Morning:**To get your bearings in the vast city of Salvador, take a sightseeing tour that ranges from the coastline to the historic center. Take a walking tour around the oldest parts of the city get an overview of local landmarks and monuments, then head to the beaches in Barra or Rio Vermelho to see how Bahians spend their leisure time. 

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, dive into one of the city’s many cultural traditions, from samba and capoeira to candomblé. Move to the percussive rhythms of Brazil’s well-known music, learn martial art movements adopted by enslaved inhabitants centuries ago, or observe a religious ceremony that uses music and dance in the worship of local orixás (deities). 

**Night:**Devote the evening to strolling through the pedestrian streets of Pelourinho, a UNESCO-listed district of colonial churches and mansions (called Pelo by locals), then sip a caipirinha or enjoy live entertainment at the outdoor cafes in the city’s squares.

Day 2: Marine Life

**Morning:**Start your day with a taste of Bahia’s African-influenced cuisine. Try feijoada, Brazil’s national dish, at a homestyle restaurant in the city’s outskirts, or take an immersive cooking class and learn the art of making moqueca, a seafood stew, and other regional specialties.

**Afternoon:**Enjoy a cruise around Baía de Todos os Santos, or All Saints’ Bay. A full-day excursion lets you linger at islands like Itaparica and Frades Island (Ilha dos Frades), while a shorter trip includes landmarks around the harbor.

**Night:**Returning to port in the Lower City (Cidade Baixa), browse through the Mercado Modelo, a great place to find handcrafted souvenirs. Then ride the Lacerda Elevator to the Upper City (Cidade Alta) for sunset views of the harbor. Lastly, head back to nearby Pelo for a last chance to enjoy the city’s nightlife.  

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Private Cooking Experience in Salvador

Private Cooking Experience in Salvador

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Learn to cook traditional Brazilian dishes during this 6-hour experience in Salvador. With your local guide and a host family, visit the local seafood market learn about the best type of fish to use for traditional recipes such as 'moqueca', or fish stew. Stop by a local produce vendor to choose vegetables for the stew and fruit to use in 'capirinhas', a traditional Brazilian drink made with sugar cane liquor. Back at the host family's house, engage in friendly, informal conversation about the history and culture of Salvador. Learn the secrets behind making a perfect fish stew, then sit down to eat with your new friends. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Half Day Historical City Tour (Private)

Half Day Historical City Tour (Private)

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Discover the city of Salvador on foot during this 4-hour walking tour. Learn about the history of Brazil’s first capital and its significant influences from African culture. Visit popular landmarks such as Barra’s Lighthouse, Praça do Campo Grande, the Lacerda Elevator, the Golden Church, and more as you traverse the city with your private guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$27.45
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$27.45
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Full-Day Historic Private City Tour of Salvador with Lunch

Full-Day Historic Private City Tour of Salvador with Lunch

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Get an overview of Salvador's highlights during this full-day tour with a local guide. Visit the historic sights of the city, its colonial mansions and monuments, including Dique do Tororó, Pelourinho, Bonfim Church and Lacerda Elevator. Have lunch at a local restaurant to taste some of Bahia's specialities. In the afternoon, visit Cidade Baixa, the outskirts of the city, which provide spectacular views of the port area of All Saints Bay. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Private Tour to Cultural Show and Dinner in Salvador

Private Tour to Cultural Show and Dinner in Salvador

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Experience the music, dancing and excitement of Salvador's famous Carnival during this 4-hour cultural show. Watch a mass of outrageously costumed professional dancers shake, shimmy and sing to infectious Bahian beats. Listen to live percussion and see maculele, capoeira and Candomblé from your prime seat. Dig in to a traditional Bahian buffet-style dinner before the show and walk away with a better understanding of Bahian culture. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels via air-conditioned coach is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Salvador African Heritage Private City Tour Including Afro-Brazilian Museum

Salvador African Heritage Private City Tour Including Afro-Brazilian Museum

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Explore Pelourinho, the Historic Center of Salvador de Bahia, during this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Named a world cultural center by UNESCO, the area was instrumental in the African slave trade and continues to be a center of African culture in Brazil. Walk through the streets and learn about the cultural and historical importance of the area through your local guide's commentary. Visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum, the Society for Black Protection and the Rosary of the Blacks, the first black Christian brotherhood in the New World. All entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Pelourinho Private Tour by Night

Pelourinho Private Tour by Night

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Explore Pelourinho after dark and experience the musical tradition known as Tuesday's Blessings on this 3-hour cultural tour. With your local guide, stroll through the streets of this UNESCO-listed World Heritage site, where music and dancing happens from dusk until dawn, upholding the area's reputation as the cradle of Brazilian music. Stop by a local bar or restaurant for traditional Bahian food and drinks (own expense). Round-trip transportation from local Salvador hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours
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$67.70
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$67.70
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Rhythm of Bahia: Samba and Capoeira Lessons

Rhythm of Bahia: Samba and Capoeira Lessons

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Learn the rhythms of Bahia from master musicians during this 4-hour workshop in Salvador. Under the tutelage of Mestre Boca Rica, Mestre Curyo and Mestre Moraes, get an introduction to traditional Brazilian instruments such as the birimbau, the atabague and the tambors. Then learn some basic steps of the Samba de Roda and some Capoeira combinations. Get to know the mestres and other students at the Forte de Capoeira and walk away with some new moves and a deeper understanding of Bahian culture. 
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  • 4 hours
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$78.95
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$78.95

Candomblé Ceremony Private Tour from Salvador

Candomblé Ceremony Private Tour from Salvador

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Witness the legacy left by the African slaves in Brazil through immersion in a Candomblé ceremony. During this unique evening tour accompanied by a local guide, learn about the religion of Candomblé, which worships Orixas, Inquices and Voduns. Get an opportunity to hear about the history of this religion and its ties with slavery from a member of the community. Watch the worshippers summon the gods to earth through their rituals, rhythms, songs, colors, food and their reverence. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova Guided Tour Including Entrance Ticket

Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova Guided Tour Including Entrance Ticket

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Explore the Itaipava Arena in Salvador da Bahia with this admission ticket. Go behind the scenes of the stadium that is home to the Esporte Clube Bahia and Esporte Clube Vitória football teams. Take a guided tour and visit the bleachers, skyboxes, locker rooms, and even the pitch and learn about the history of the original stadium built in 1951.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$9.28
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