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Brazil Tours Visit Salvador and Bahia

Bahia and Salvador are buoyant places that will entertain and give travellers coming for more with its diversity and fun. 

The region of Bahia is located in the Northeast of Brazil with Salvador as its capital. Its capital is an amalgamation of Portuguese influence and African culture come together to create a unique destination. It is an animated city with lively performances and friendly people all brought together by the beat of capoeira drums. Bahia as a whole is a formidable region with a coastline that stretches out for multiple kilometres and is dotted with small fishing towns.

As you move further inland, there are wonderful, verdant landscapes to discover where activities such as hiking and climbing are popular ways to discover the region. 

  • Pelourinho
  • Salvador
  • Bay of all Saints

    The core of Brazil’s heritage

    The state of Bahia is an ever-changing one with at its centre the Chapatina Diamantina mountains that offer the best hiking and mountaineering trails in the region. As travellers make their way south they will encounter mangroves followed by spectacular beaches along the coast.

    Salvador is a colourful colonial city with cobbled streets and fascinating buildings reminiscent of 18th century Portuguese architecture. The capital is truly a unique place to visit, blending the various different influences it witnessed into creating its own special blend. This can be seen in their religion, Candomble, a mixture of West African gods and Roman Catholic beliefs. Salvador has truly kept and preserved its history as a slave town incorporating it into their everyday life. This can be seen through the music, food, religion and traditions that they keep. 

    Our Favourite Experiences

    • Chapada Diamantina

      Climb Up Chapada Diamantina

      The Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina is one the great natural wonders of Bahia. Opened as a national park in 1985 it stretches out over 1520 square kilometres.  Within its borders it holds a verdant forest with an innumerable number of flora and fauna as well as majestic waterfalls and ragged peaks. Visitors have a variety of different hiking trails to choose from, beginning with easy day paths to multi-day treks through rough terrain. Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina is also home to rare specimens of animals  such as the white necked hawk, the Chaco eagle and the Bahia tyrannulet. Down the road from the park is the Orguidario Pai Inacio which is a family run business growing a variety of different orchids some of which are extremely rare. It is truly a beautiful sight to see and one that you will want to capture. 

    •  Go back in time in Pelourinho 

      Pelourinho is a neighbourhood in Salvador that is renowned for having the most beautiful churches and monasteries in the capital. During Portugal’s rule over the country, Salvador used to be the capital of the country and Pelourinho was the area where the Portuguese invested most of their wealth. The ‘old quarter’ as it is often referred to has preserved its 18th century buildings in an almost pristine condition thus affording it a UNESCO World Heritage title. While in Pelourinho a visit to the Sao Francisco church is a must visit as it is the most intricately decorated church in the area with gold carvings and mosaic panels. 

    • Blue Caves

      Wander at The blue caves 

      The Blue caves of Bahia are located in the depths of the Chapada Diamantina and are underground limestone caves and pools that take on a bright blue colour. The occurrence is a rare one that is due to the sky being reflected in the white limestone under the water. The water is so clear here that in some places you can see to a depth of 20m which is why the reflection of the sky is so vivid. The most famous of the caves are Poco Encantado and Poco Azul. Visits to the caves are limited but include a swim in these stunning waters which is one of the most breathtaking experiences anyone can ever hope to see.

    • Capoeira

      Take Capoeira lessons in Salvador

      Capoeira is a martial art that originated in Salvador from the slaves that were brought here from West Africa. It is said that the slaves invented it while toiling in the sugarcane fields as a way to practice self-defense without raising the suspicions of their master as they include musical instruments and acrobatic moves to it giving the impression of a dance more than a method of self-defense. There are many places in Salvador that a visitor can go to, to learn the basics of capoeira, the most famous however is the School of Mestre Bimba who founded the modern version of capoeira. The techniques he implemented are still used to this day and lay the foundation to the art. It is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon learning about an important part of Salvador’s history while learning new moves to impress your family and friends back home. 

    • Surfing Bahia

      Indulge in water sports in Bahia

      Bahia is a haven for those who enjoy watersports. Thanks to its enormous coastline there are endless opportunities to spend time at the beach enjoying yourself amongst the waves. Some of the more popular water sports include, surfing, kite-surfing, paddle boarding and wind-surfing. There are also places where you can scuba dive such as the Porto da Barra beach that has a very diverse stretch of coral reef and the most stunning fish who have made the reef their home. 

    • Itacimirim

      Explore Itacimirim and its seafood restaurants

      If you are looking for an off the beaten path destination to head to and relax then Itacimirim is the place to go. A stretch of white sandy beach worthy of the best movies, it is a well kept secret and the most beautiful place to head to to disconnect and relax. A couple of seafood restaurants are dotted along the way and give the place a cosy vibe. 

    • Boipeda

      Watch sea turtles egg hatch in Boipeda

      Another little secret kept by the Brazilians is the island of Boipeda. Just off the shores of Northeastern Brazil it is a paradise of soft beaches and clear blue waters. The island is the ideal place for those who enjoy diving as it is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and the clear water enables ideal diving conditions.  The island is also a prime place to spot turtles as they are known to lay their eggs on the islands’ large stretch of sand. 

    • Cachoeira

       Learn about the history of Cachoeira

      Cachoiera is a colonial city located a few kilometers away from Salvador and was an important trading point in the nineteenth century due to its sugar plantations. The city remains an important part of Brazilian history and culture due to the ongoing practice of Candomblé, an African-Brazilian religion whose roots began in Cachoiera. It still exports sugarcane to this day as well as cotton and tobacco. Cachoiera is also known for its incredible architecture and has the largest number of baroque style buildings in all of Bahia. Walking through the streets is a true treat for the eyes with intricate carvings standing out at every corner. 


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