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Private Guided Tour in Pelourinho
"Enjoy a tour with a local no groups and great cost benefit all to ensure you have a great experience and full attention! A flexible and friendly staff will help you with better choices accordingly to your interests and without pressuring you to buy anything and letting you choose where you want to eat! This is a although our suggestion is to leave at 8am to avoid agglomeration or at 1 pm if you want to do the tour during the afternoon.We will visit all the important places in the center: Lacerda Elevator Rio Branco Palace the Cathedral Church of St. Francis of Assis
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Private City Tour of Salvador da Bahia
"You will visit all the main attractions of Salvador including the old town's historical center the Pelorinho and the peninsula of Itapagipe with its amazing church Igreja do Bomfirm lighthouse and Fort Monte Serrat. You will stop here for a refreshing coconut water. Then you will drive over to the heart of the city
From EUR99.00
 
Private Full Day Tour of Salvador
"Option 1: Salvador City Tour10:00am: Pick up at central location Hotel - we suggest to leave around 9am but hours are flexible.10:30am: We will start the tour at the historical center.11:15am: Find out about the history of this place- a guide is very important to understand everything11:40am: Free time to know the locals 11:50am: Visit to a it will depend on the day time your energy and your interests. 2:30pm: São Francisco Church- Built in the 18th century and covered in gold in the inside it is a must see!3:30pm: We will be transfered to a boat for a tour. We will see the coast line and watch the sun set in the ocean. Options for a swim. 6:00pm Transfer back to the Hotel or if you rather we can take you to a local restaurant of yo it depends on the location of your hotel and on your interests.10:30am: Quick stop at a Famous Lake in Salvador- Lagoa de Abaeté (Not a very interesting place
From $250.00

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Berimbau-Musical Bow of African Origin

The Brazilian berimbau is a single-string percussion instrument, braced musical bow or African origin. It consists of a wooden bow (traditionally made from biribi wood) about 1,2 - 1,5 m long, with a steel string tightly strung and segured from one end of a bow to the other. Beside its close assotiation with capoeira, the berimbau has long been used in a variety of Brazilian folk and popular music forms, such as samba de roda, carimbo, bossa nova, afro-samba, tropicalsimo, and it's part of Candomble tradition.

In the 1960's, the berimbau began to be heard internationally. Brazilian guitarist Baden Powel brought the berimbau to the attention of the musicians outside Brazil in afro-samba song Berimbau (with lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes). Since 1970 several expatriate Brazilian percussionists (as Nana Vasconselos, Airto Moreira and others) have played berimbau with modern jazz musicians worldwide.

The berimbau has become somehow emblematic of Brazilian popular culture and especially of Salvador.

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mircaskirca
Oct 24, 2007

BERIMBAU MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

It is a curved bow with a gourd at the bottom and a wire in between the top and the gourd. Players make music from the wire by hitting it with a stick. The musicians tighen or loosen the wire to change the tune. This is used to accompany capoeira.

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Sep 09, 2004

Berimbaus

Berimbaus are interesting instruments of African origin that are used in candomble and capoeira. They have an unusual timbre produced by striking a rod and a ring or coin on a metal string attached to a bow with a resonating dried gourd. It is played together with a caxixi which is shaken while striking the string. You'll see big ones and little souvenir ones being sold all over Salvador, and you will probably hear someone playing the instrument on the streets of Pelourinho.

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Nov 08, 2003
 
 
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Pelourinho

The historical centre itself, which revolves around the Pelourinho quarter with its triangular place, is characterized by its fidelity to the 16th-century plan, the density of its monuments, and the...
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Catedral Basilica

Next to the cathedral one walks along a passage with pictures of all heads of the Salvador Catholic Church. At the end of the passage a massive ballroom can be found with more beautiful paintings,...
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Lacerda Elevator

In 20 seconds, Elevador Lacerda (Lacerda Elevator) takes you from Praca Tome de Souza in Cidade Alta (the Upper City) to the Praca Cairu in Cidade Baixa (the Lower City). You travel more than 70...
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Mercado Modelo

Mercado Modelo is a Salvador's largest market and one of Salvador's landmarks. An old covered market with the best selection of the artesanato in the city, is set on its own by the old harbour, across...
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Lagoa do Abaeté

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...
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Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado

Jorge Amado is a well known writer born near Salvador, Bahia. In this museum (it was closed when I was in Salvador and did not visit it) you can know more about his books and life. It is located in...
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