2 DAYS IN SALVADOR DE BAHÍA CITY
The northeast of Brazil differs radically from the rest of the country due to its climate, gastronomy and eclectic idiosyncrasy. Salvador de Bahía, the old capital of the Carioca country, is where you need to go since it combines tradition with the natural beauty of its beaches. Time stops, and the streets get filled with enthusiasm, colors, and rhythms when the city celebrates Carnival in February.
From the Santo Domingo and Punta Cana international airports, many airlines such as Copa, American or Delta offer flights to this destination. Of course, you will have to make a small stopover in Panama to get to this paradise.
Salvador has excellent places to visit so, you should prepare your trip depending on the time you will stay. Therefore, if you don't want to come back home with any regret, you need to spend at least two days.
To start the day, you can take a tour in the Salvador Bahia Bus, an excellent option to take a look around the touristic places of the city. When you buy it, they give you a wristband-ticket which allows you to disembark and embark again at the scheduled times. In total, the trip is approximately 80 km long for an estimated cost of $ 20.
After completing the route and having an overview, we recommend you to make a stop at the locations that attracted your attention the most. You will meet many local guides who, in exchange for a gratuity, will guide you to the most incredible places.
The Salvador Historical Center is a must in these walking tours. You should visit the offices located in the corner next to the Church of the Third Order of San Domingos, right in the Plaza 15 de Noviembre, also known as Terreiro de Jesús. People in there will give you information about the main attractions of the city, such as the famous Pelourinho, with its cobbled streets and baroque architecture, which is part of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage. A historical area where public punishments were applied to slaves and criminals in the Colonial Brazil era. Today it has become one of the greatest tourist attractions for its colorful buildings, its hotels, and restaurants, in addition to the fact that it has been the scene for different video clips, among them the most famous was one by Michael Jackson.
As part of the peculiarity of the place, pay attention to the camelôs, they are street vendors offering caipirinhas and local food, such as asaí smoothies covered with granola. You will also find some mulatto vendors, uniformed with the vaporous baiana, the typical regional costume -white shoes, white skirts, white headdresses-, which offer travelers fried made by dendé (palm oil), whose strong aroma is spread throughout the air and make the sensations flower.
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TEXT: Elena Crespo; IMAGES: Suresh