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Rua do Carmo 15, Santo Antonio, Salvador, State of Bahia, 40.301-380, Brazil
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Day Excursion to Bahia ? Best guide?

by jocelysue

We will be in Salvador da Bahia for only one day. What would a person who knows Salvador well suggest ? Should we simply walk around, should we hire a private tour guide, are there full city tours available, are ther HOHO (hop on,hop off) busses?

What are absolute must sees? The churches? The museums, etc.? What are resonable prices for a guide? Are there any reputable ones and how to find them?

TIA for the suggestions. We are interested in history and culture more than in shopping.

Re: Day Excursion to Bahia ? Best guide?

by bahiana77

This person who thinks she knows Salvador well suggests.....

...that you will be mentally kicking yourself for the rest of your life for only arranging a one day stay.

...that the history and culture of Bahia is to be found in taking the time to know its people and music, in addition to its sights.

....that the one day be a Tuesday if possible, in order to go to the Bencao (Blessing) and the associated festa attended by many residents, with music and food in the streets of the Pelourinho historic center at night. Also go tothe show at Bale' Folclorico.

....that you read the site www.bahia-online.net thoroughly before you go in order to learn about the music, culture, history, neighborhoods and sights. Read beforehand, and carry with you, a good guidebook such as Lonely Planet--and carry a phrasebook (Few people speak English.).

See the sights in Pelourinho.
church of Sao Francisco
church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos
Afro-Brazilian museum
Casa de Jorge Armado (the author) if open
walk further into the adjoining, less gentrified Santo Antonio neighborhood to see more of the traditional architecture

If you aren"t there to take in the Tuesday night fetivities, make sure you

Re: Day Excursion to Bahia ? Best guide?

by bahiana77

Ooooops ! This posted before I was done--slip of the mouse. I wish this forum had an edit feature.

If you aren't there on a Tuesday night, make sure to take in a show at Bale Folclorico and go to see some music of one of the traditional local groups. (The tourist office in front of the Lacerda Elevator should have a current schedule.) Music is how many Bahians learn to have pride in their history and the neighborhood groups associated with many of the groups are important vehicles of self-help and social action in the community.

Other places to visit:

Solar de Uniao, a modern art museum housed in a waterfront complex of buildings that used to be a sugar plantation (take a taxi to and from)

Bonfim Church (by bus or taxi), with a great view of the city and a 'miracle room' where people whose prayers have been answered have left everything from photos to prosthetic limbs, to get a ribbon on your wrist while making 3 wishes (maybe to come back to Salvador for a longer visit).

Re: Day Excursion to Bahia ? Best guide?

by bahiana77


You can get around perfectly easily yourself by bus or taxi, but I did find this list of guides on the site of the tourism agency for the state of Bahia:

Travel Tips for Salvador da Bahia

Are you rocking acrylic?

by Zarasher

If you have fake nails you may have a problem getting a refill in Salvador.

I searched high and low until I found BarberBeauty in Barra Shopping. It is on the third floor.

This is a hairdresser/barber/beauty salon.

Here is the website:

http://www.barberbeauty.com.br/ I had an acrylic refill done on my hands and then a pedicure. All of it together cost sixty something reais.

Trust me this is extortionate. If I had known it would have been that much (They told me a cheaper price originally) I would have just got a refill and painted my finger and toenails myself, this would have cut the cost by 70%.

Here a pedicure cost 32 RS whereas in other places it is between 8-15.

So here is my tip, if you need a refill get it done here but as for anything else... give it a miss!

If you don't have the heart to...

by msp_ssa

If you don't have the heart to say no to a begging child in the street it might be better to give him or her something other than money. One friend of mine used to give candy or pencils and paper to the kids. It might not be a bad idea to pack something like that and carry it around in your purse or backpack.

Josefina Tabacos

by Kittelite

In Cruiz Das Almas the Josefina Cigarfactory is located.
It is interesting to see how these famous cigars are produced. From sorting the leaves, rolling, cutting, packing and storing them.
The smell there is overwhelming!

Atellier Maria Adair

by martinelli about Atellier Maria Adair

My favourite bar. This is simply a wonderful place to spend the night. It's in a house in Pelourinho, under the atellier of the artist Maria Adair. The pub is her son's and is just about one of the cutest places in town - the crafts made and painted by the artist are everywhere (inside the glass tables, hanging from the ceiling, the menu...). Service is EXCELLENT - extra compliments for Barreto, the chief waiter. You can buy the crafts if you want to, and I tell you, they are not expensive. They have the best drinks in town, the best food (with greek, french and italian items). Amongst the drinks I recommend my favourite Suco do Orgasmo (Juice of Orgasm). It's coffee licqueur, with coffee icecream, vanilla icecream, ginger, gin and a tiny bit of triple sec.

A Taste of the Amazon

by mircaskirca about Point do Guarana da Amazonia

You find this little place on the main street of Barra that leads to Pelourinho. It only has a couple of tables and people from the beach or passersby usually come for the bowl of tasty dish from the Amazon region.

As far as I know, this is the only place in Salvador where you can taste the culinary delights from the northern state of Para, which I found the most delicious (and unusual) in the whole country. They get the ingredients for the dishes from Ilha de Marajo. Since I was just coming from this beautiful island, I was happy to talk to the friendly owner about her native land. It's the most famous acai spot of Salvador. You can get it in a bowl of different size. They also have guarana and juice, ice cream made from variety of fruits of the Amazon, like acai, cupuacu (certainly my favourite!), bacuri and muruci. If you are lucky, you can also get cupuacu cake and this is very yummy too! From the main dishes they offer tacaca (the absolute winner!!) and manicoba.

I don't need to mention that I took every opportunity to visit this place:)


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