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How to Spend 3 Days in Salvador da Bahia

How to Spend 3 Days in Salvador da Bahia

If Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s golden, glamorous face, and the Amazon its exotic, mysterious heart, then Salvador da Bahia is its irrepressibly joyful soul. Famous for its wild festivals (Salvador’s Carnaval gives Rio’s a run for its money) and friendly, fun-loving people, this colorful colonial city is alive with music and history.

Ready for some sizzling beats in the tropical heat? From impromptu street parties to folkloric festivals, music pervades Salvador, while its sun-drenched beaches are legendary. Add beautiful buildings and a fascinating Afro-Brazilian culture, and you’ll be hooked.

Day 1: Historic Salvador Set on an enormous bay (Baía de Todos os Santos), Salvador is divided into High and Low Cities (Cidades Alta and Baixa respectively). Cidade Alta is home to the historic center – a riotous labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets, brightly painted Baroque buildings, art galleries, museums, music workshops, eateries and bars. Imagine times gone by as you admire landmarks like the Praça da Sé, Rio Branco Palace, Terreiro de Jesus, and 16th-century Forte de Santo Antônio. Hitch a ride in the Elevador Lacerda – an incredible Art Deco elevator that transports over 50,000 people per day – to reach Mercado Modelo in Cidade Baixa. This famous market is bursting with exquisite local crafts and souvenirs. Ready to party? Have a blast while learning about Bahía’s unique Afro-Brazilian culture at an exuberant folkloric show.

Day 2: Bayside Beach Bonanza Salvador boasts over 30 miles (50km) of fabulous, clean beaches. From calm inlets perfect for swimming and diving, to popular surf beaches, you’ll never be short of a sandy spot to lay your towel. Tourists generally head to Porto de Barra, Flamengo and Stella Maris; if you’d prefer to splash about with the locals, Jaguaribe, Piatã and Itapoã are your best bets. Alternatively, a relaxing schooner cruise around the bay will take you to beaches beyond your wildest desert-island dreams!

Day 3: Day-Tripping Delights Day-tripping opportunities abound around Salvador. Accessible only by boat or charter plane, Morro do São Paulo is an idyllic village on Tinharé Island. Though extremely popular with local and international tourists, it retains an irresistibly laid-back vibe. Laze on the beach, dive the translucent waters, or explore its walking trails. Just 44 miles (70km) from Salvador is Praia do Forte, a seaside paradise nicknamed the ‘Brazilian Polynesia’. Besides its divine beaches, Praia do Forte is renowned for its sea turtle conservation program, the Tamar Project. All beached-out? Soak up the history in Cachoeira, a World Heritage-listed town with beautifully preserved Baroque buildings and informative museums.

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Tropical Itaparica Island Tour Including Lunch

Tropical Itaparica Island Tour Including Lunch

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Sail off the coast of Salvador during this 8-hour cruise on All Saints Bay. Climb aboard the traditional schooner to meet your friendly captain and crew, then find a spot to get comfortable and enjoy the scenery. Listen as your hosts detail the history of the area and the bay's importance as an epicenter of colonization. Go ashore on one of the 56 islands in the bay, like Itaparica, Brazil's largest island. Eat a traditional lunch of regional specialties, then enjoy samba music and caipirinhas on the way back to the mainland.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.80
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$71.80

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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Private City Tour of Salvador da Bahia

Private City Tour of Salvador da Bahia

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Salvador da Bahia, with its historic city center and beautiful beaches, is a vibrant city of 3 million people. Make sure you don’t miss any of the highlights—Pelorinho, Igreja do Bomfim, Mercado Model, and Barra Lighthouse—with this private tour of the Bahia capital. Your own private guide, a local from Salvador, can offer insider tips on what to see and where to eat during the rest of your trip.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.43
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$95.43
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.70
Price varies by group size
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$67.70
Price varies by group size

Private Salvador da Bahia Luxury Speedboat Tour

Private Salvador da Bahia Luxury Speedboat Tour

Spend a full day out on the waters of All Saints Bay ((Baía de Todos os Santos) with your private party on a luxury speedboat. With a dedicated captain and crew at your disposal, motor between the Old Fortress of São Marcelo and the 54 islands within the bay. This private tour ensures a flexible itinerary and personalized attention; tour can accommodate seven passengers.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$980.00
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