Salvador de Bahia: African Roots
is the capital of the state of Bahia and used to be the capital of the country until 1763. The city, without any doubt, keeps in touch with its African roots and traditions with respect to its cuisine, religion, and artwork. It is divided into two parts: the ´´Lower City´´ is at sea level and is where the city´s original port and commercial area, including Mercado Modelo, are found. It is also the best part of the city to experience a capoeira demonstration, a Brazilian martial art developed by slaves, which is an important aspect of Afro-Brazilian cultural expression. The ´´Upper City´´ is reached by alleyways, stone steps or the famous Lacerda elevator. This part of the city is where the majority of museums, churches, modern architecture and the Pelourinho neighborhood are located.
What can we do there?
Walking Historical Salvador
Duration: 3 hours
Pelourinho Hotel or Pousada pick up by guide and then visiting the principal attractions of the Historical Centre of Salvador, the renowned Pelourinho, the largest assemblage of colonial building in Latin America and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Strolling the cobbled stone streets of the colonial district, flanked by houses in pastel shades, we visit the exuberant São Francisco Church, most ornate Baroque church in Brazil, and on a larger scale, the nearby imposing Cathedral where we see the progression of the tropical Baroque from its first tendencies to the refinement of the Rococo. We continue to the Municipal Square towering above the Lower City offering wonderful views of the of the All Saints bay. Return to the hotel on foot accompanied by your guide. Church entrance fees included.
Duration: 4 hours
A tour of the most interesting museums of the city, each concentrates on very different aspects of Bahian History. (Entrance fee to the museum is included.) Visit the Costa Pinto Museum which houses a fine collection of colonial furniture, antique jewelry, and clusters of gold and silver amulets that were used by female slaves. Next, we will go to the Afro Brazilian Museum, that displays the history of Capoeira, and the Sacred Art Museum which is considered the finest museum of its kind in Brazil, housing a vast collection from the 17th to the 18th centuries. Available only from Wednesday-Friday Afternoons.
Duration: 8 hours
After our transfer from the hotel, we board a comfortable schooner and cruise to two of the 36 islands in this sparkling bay, a day of rest and filled relaxation offering great views of the city both on the outbound and homeward journeys. Our first stop is Frades (or Monk's) Island. Virtually uninhabited, the island is home to some of the best beaches in the bay. Here we have ample time to swim in the warm inviting waters, or relax in the sun or the shade, and where a cold drink is never far away! Then we continue our cruise to the larger Itaparica Island for lunch. The colonial town of Itaparica is just a short distance by local transport for those interested in visiting this charming waterfront town (optional). We return to the schooner, raise anchor and set off for Salvador with the setting sun flooding the city with its warm glow.
Full City Tour in Salvador
Duration: 8 hours
This tour joins panoramic and Historical city tour. We start in the modern suburb of Barra at the mouth of the Bay with its famous lighthouse and make our way slowly by car or coach to the old historical section of town. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice (not included in price). Then, the lower city tour takes us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where the first holiday residences were built. Now, a peaceful family district, life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city.