The city of Salvador has a lagoon where laundrywomen used to launder in the past. Nowadays there are some public buddles close to the lagoon, where laundrywomen still do hand wash. You can see them walking with a clothes package on their heads.
La ciudad de Salvador tiene una laguna en donde las lavanderas solían lavar al ropa en el pasado. Hoy en día hay varios lavaderos públicos cerca de la laguna, en donde las lavanderas aún lavan a mano. Se las puede ver caminando con un atado de ropa sobre sus cabezas.
'Abaete is a dark lagoon / surrounded by white sand / oh by white sand / oh by white sand / oh by white sand'... says Dorival Caymmi in one of his songs. Traditionally 'lavadeiras' (ladies who wash clothes for a living) used to come to the lagoon and do their job there. Then one day the government decided to build them sinks and explore the place for tourism. The result is a horrible structure made of concrete absolutely not matching the landscape. But the lagoon is simply beautiful. I suggest you go there by late afternoon, wait for the night to come... It's beautiful. It may be too crowded during weekends though.
Lagoa do Abaeté - a lake where the poor community who lives around usually wash clothes. Its white sand is amazing...