Pousada Villa Carmo
Rua do Carmo, 58, Centro Historico - Pelourinho, Salvador, State of Bahia, 40.301-380, Brazil
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A view of a harbor
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airport to rodoviaria
Can anyone tell me how long it takes to get from the airport to the bus station by Taxi - I'm plannning to do this in the evening and want to make sure that I will get my connection. (otherwise I'm hanging about the bus station all night!!
Also with domestic flights in Brazil - do you have to book in 1 hour before? and can I assume that I will be able to clear the airport with bags quite quickly on landing?
Re: airport to rodoviaria
It depends on what time of the evening. The highway just around the rodoviaria (bus station) tends to get clogged with traffic at rush hours (and some other times of day recently), although the actual distance isn't too long. Leave at least 40 minutes.
Then you have to find the bus company window to buy the ticket and the boarding gate, check your bags underneath the bus, and fill out the required paperwork for the driver. Have your passport handy for details.
Be alert with your possessions at all times in the bus station.
Yes, for most domestic flights, arriving at the airport one hour prior to the flight is acceptable in Brazil. Some airlines and flights have longer check-in lines though.
Coming off an international flight? Are you planning on just carry-on bags? Clearing customs and baggage claim for checked luggage can take some time, but Salvador is one of the less busy airports for international flights, so this is usualy faster than at Rio or Sao Paulo (with more flights coming in at the same time).
Coming off a domestic flight is just a matter of getting any checked bags, and depends on how many other flights (and if the baggage handlers had their dose of RedBull or are being typically Bahiano), but should be fairly quick.
Assume you are going to Lencois. Have fun.
Travel Tips for Salvador da Bahia
Friendly people and Culture...
Well...there is not a speoifically a favorite thing but many things that I like around here in Salvador:
*Firstly our history: We´ve kept all the history of the country as We were the very first capital of Brazil so around here people can check our history in our colonial houses spread all around the city specially at the Old Historical District that we call "Pelourinho".
*Our Culture: We´ve got a cultural influence of many people like portuguese, indians and specially african and once You´re around here in Salvador these influences are very visible in the people, customs, music and rhythmns, cuisine and so.
*Beaches and Sighseeings: Not only mentioning the history and culture we also have around here nice and beautiful beaches round all over the city, a local island into our "All Saints Bay" and incredible sightseeings spreaded around the city like fortress, churches, palaces and so... I miss the friendly way of the local people, the sunny days, the parties and celebrations, the beaches, the delicious food, exotical drinks,the energy and vibrations in the air and the provencial & laidback atmosphere which makes this place of the uniques around the world...I miss all of that and much more!!
A great novelist whose stories of life in the Brazilian northeast won international acclaim.
Amado became a journalist in 1930, and his literary career paralleled acareer in radical politics that won him election to the Constituent Assembly as a federal deputy representing the Communist Party of Brazil in 1946. He was imprisoned as early as 1935 and periodically exiled for his leftist activities, and many of his books were banned in Brazil and Portugal.
He continued to produce novels with facility, most of them picaresque, ribald tales of Bahian city life, especially that of the racially conglomerate lower classes. Gabriela, cravo e canela (1958; Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon) and Dona Flor e seus dois maridos (1966; Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands; film, 1978) both preserve Amado's politicalattitude in their satire.
It is A MUST to visit "The Jorge Amado House Foundation" in Pelourinho...
Mahi Mahi - sunbathing and cocktails
Not off the beaten track in terms of being an unusual destination, but more an unexpected little haven off one of Salvador's main residential streets. Mahi Mahi is part of the Vitoria Sol hotel on Avenida Sete do Setembro, but you don't have to be a guest to visit and it was for me one of the city's hidden gems, a little jetty with bar, restaurant and space to sunbathe away from the dustiness and noise of the city. If, like me, you aren't staying in a plush hotel during your time in Salvador, a place like this is something of an oasis of calm.
What makes it particularly enticing is that it's hidden behind the busy Avenida 20 Setembro. I would never have known it was there if some friends hadn't moved into an apartment next door.
Walk through the hotel to the cable car (teleferico) that takes you down a steep hill to the water's edge. Non-guests have to pay a small fee, which was about BRL 5 when I was going. At the bottom is Mahi Mahi itself, firstly a restaurant Mai Thai, which is a good place for a Thai-inspired meal at night, and then the deck. You can swim here, too, but be warned that this is not an area renowned for clean waters.
Cocktails are good and the bar snacks very tasty. I had quite an addiction to the isca de peixe (literally fish bait), little breadcoated snacks, when I lived in Salvador!
Steet Vendors... Beautiful Jewellry... Artwork
There are people selling jewellry and necklaces all around pelhourinho... You can get some really beautiful unusual pices and if you buy a whole loads you can haggle the price down too.
There are lots of things to buy in Pelourinho. My favourite things to buy are the intricate earrings, havaianas, and art work. Here is one of the pieces of artwork I bought in Pelo by Adriano Luiz. I loved all his work! Earrings and Artwork I paid 305 Reias for two of the paintings like the ones pictured. For earrings anything from 4-7 Reias a piece.
Not always there are ports at the islands, and not always the ships can approach to the coast, so put your handbag over your head, and begin to walk through the water!
No siempre hay puertos en las islas, y no siempre las embarcaciones se pueden aproximar a la costa, así que ponte tu bolso sobre la cabeza, y comienza a caminar por el agua!
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Pousada Villa Carmo
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Address: Rua do Carmo, 58, Centro Historico - Pelourinho, Salvador, State of Bahia, 40.301-380, Brazil