Elevator Lacerdo, Salvador da Bahia
Salvador is devided in to a new part of town by the harbour and an old part situated on a hill.
To get from one side to the other you need to take an old elevator.
It's possible to go by road aswell, but it takes much longer and it's not a very safe road.
The elevator costs next to nothing and it's quite interesting.
It was build in the 1930´s and have a very typical design from that time pocket and it has become one of the landmarks of Salvador.
Salvador consists of an upper (Cidade Alta) and a lower (Cidade Baixa) city. The upper city is home to the historic district that is Pelourinho, the lower district is many things, but as far as tourism goes, home to the Mercado Modelo.
If you walk between the upper and lower city it's quite steep, but doable. You can also take a cab between the two, but it seems the most famous way to get between the two is this claustrophobic elevator. It costs like .60 real each way. You'll be bombarded by vendors at each end. Enjoy!
Before you take the elevator down to the lower city take a moment to look out over the water, a really nice view awaits you...
It doesn't get much cheaper than this. If I remember right, it was only .05 reais to ride on the elevator to the lower town. It reminded me of the elevator in Lisbon in its art deco design.