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Guarajuba is a beach around 70 kilometers north of Salvador and a really good place to go for a daytrip if you want to spend the day at a really good beach with fairly calm water and less people than the big city beaches in Salvador.
The beach has many bars and restaurants with tables and parasols where you can sit and have a drink and some food if you like.
this is really a laid back local beach with a good vibe and you can drive to there from Salvador in less than 2 hours so it's a good daytrip from Salvador.Related to:
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Walk to other neighborhoods
Missing the elevator, I found myself in a less touristy area, where the people are less pushy. The streets are filled with vendors, and you can see how the people live.
Brasil is very warm for a man from Alaska, and I found this shady fountain (picture 2) to sit and relax by. I was not alone for very long as a woman came over and started talking to me. I did not understand a word, but she delighted in having someone to talk to.Related to:
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If you miss the elevator, these huge things are remarkably easy to miss, you will have to walk up the hill to reach the upper city. Along the way you will see things that many tourists may miss, such as hanging your laundry on the wall to dry.Related to:
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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!
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Lets go fishing!!
If you come to Barra, during the summer months from october until march, and think it could be interresting to try to go fishing the local way with handlines and musclepower, or want an alternative transportation, come and see me in The Village Novo. I might be able to arrange a trip on my boat.
We usually leave early in the morning, and return some time during the afternoon. There will be no guarranty for catching anything, but it is absolutely a nice way of spending a day.
I am able to arrange trips to the nearest islands too.
The prices varies depending on the lenght of the trip, number of persons and so on..
This is not a fixed tourboat, it is only meant as a suggestion for a possible alternative day here in Salvador, so all trips will have to be arranged individually after contacting me.Related to:
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Bahia: multiple faces
Bahia are not only Carnaval, condombl?, skyscrepars, beaches and more...but it's also favelas, mininio de rua, families that live collecting cans...and it's also the energy of life in each person, great persons that give free professional assistance to poor people without gouvernament assistance...and it's also the country where a few riches are owner of farm big than Tuscany, where the simply people that work there are like .....'slave'?
Don't stop your visit only in front of monuments by try to understood a little bit more of this country talking with the people.
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The statues of Orixás, deities...
The statues of Orixás, deities of the Candomblé religion, in the Dique do Tororó are cool. The statues are in a circle with a fountain placed in the middle that sends up this verticle mist of water. The statues really come to life, especially at night. The area probably isn't too safe for tourists at night, but you will see a lot of locals hanging out in the early evening there. The Dique or reservoir is in the neighborhood of Tororó and Avenida Vasco da Gama runs along the side closest to the statues.Related to:
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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!Related to:
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A Day at the Beach
A wonderful day trip while in Salavador is to the small island of Itaparica. The beaches there are beautiful and uncrowded, and the boat ride across to the island is a great way to get out on the water. There was a terrific little restaurant right ton the beach that made us fresh grilled fish for lunch and magically - refreshing caprinias.
Cemitério Campo Santo
This is a large cemetery in the Federação neighborhood. I thought this was a beautiful place and I came here a few times just for the tranquillity.
It's on the bus line between Campo Grande and Pituba run by BTU, the red and blue buses and other buses too I'm sure. This is the line that doesn't go through Barra.
Around Salvador (just a couple of hours) is Cachoeira a colonial town with its twin town across the old bridge, Sao Felix. Here is the most of the spirit of Candoble.
You must see it to belive. It's a unique experience you shouldn't miss.Related to:
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I stayed in Barra, which is a short distance south of the historic center of Pelourinho. If you've ever seen tourist photos of Salvador, they will often use the overhead view of the Farol da Barra, which is where the land forms a right angle with the west-facing shoreline edging up to the Bay of All Saints and the ocean laps against the south-facing shore.
This beach community is laid back and restaurants and hotels are plentiful.
Salvador da Bahia has a Water Park, "Wet'n' Wild" where you can enjoy a wet and wild day!
Salvador de Bahía tiene un parque acuático, el "Wet'n'Wild" ("mojado y salvaje"), en donde puedes disfrutar un día mojado y salvaje.
There are a lot of churchs at Salvador; when you visit Pelourinho (ancient district) you will see some of them. But a nice and "off the beaten path" church is Sao Antonio da Barra, situated on a hill by the coast. Besides, from there, you have a beatuiful sight of the bay.
Hay muchísimas iglesias en Salvador; cuando vistas el Pelourinho (el barrio antiguo) verás varias de ellas. Pero una iglesia bonita y alejada de los puntos turísticos es Sao Antonioa da Barra, situada en una colina sobre la costa. Además, desde allí, tienes una hermosa vista de la bahía.
lots of great churches
This is another great church in Bahia.
I had been in Bahia several times between 1978 and 1985 -
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