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Historical Salvador City Tour
"The streets of Central Salvador take tourists back to the beginnings of Brazil. Your tour begins at the Barra Lighthouse passes the Teatro Castro Alves home to the Bahian Symphony Orchestra and on to the Balé (ballet) de Castro Alves. The Forte de São Pedro and Praça Castro Alves are on route to the Historical Center of Pelourinho which offers something to see along every street. Don't miss out on the historical churches cafes restaurants shops and pastel-hued buildings. With more than a thousand houses
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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
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Carnaval Tips (2)

Carnaval: locura total

New info on the last 2005 Salvador Carnaval in my new Travelogue.

Carnaval is Locura Total : for 6 day and 6 night million of people dancing, singing and drinking.
The old carnival consisted of big party with brass band, hornet singer.....dancing all the night.
In the 50’s Dodo e osmar started to play on little truck with simply soundblaster, running through the city, but the music involved too much that the Carnival growned up .
Now the Carnival is divided in 3 circuits. The first,Batatinha in Pelourino, is the most traditional, it’s like a festival with some stage where bands play until 2 o’clock or there are brass and hornet bands accompanied by marching drummer.
“Blocos” are the most important part of the other 2 circuits: in the bloco there is a big Trio Eletrico (THe evolution of the first little truck: the truck/music soundstage with band on top, palying for 6 hours, that slowly parade through the street) all the people of the bloco follow the truck in the circuit, ‘cordeiros’ bring ropes to separete them from the ‘Pipoca’ ( common people watching and dancing in the road).
Campo Grande circuit have much more traditional afro blocos like Ile Aye, Olodum,...Barra Ondina circuit was added in the 80’s and have more tendency bloco, they play the new style music, like Axè.
You can have three solution to enjoy the carnival: you can stay in the ‘pipoca’, such as stay in the road waiting the differents ‘blocos’ to enjoy the different musics. It’s anexpensive, but a little bit dengerouse for the thieves and the crowd, but I like it. Or you can buy an ‘abada’, a special t-shirt that allow you the entrance in a bloco for a day, it’s safe cause you are in the middle of the protected ropes. Third, you can buy a ticket for a ‘camarote’, a carnival viewing stand, often complete with bar, food and relax area.
There are a lot of web site where find info on the next carnival (Centra do Carnaval,...), or buy a abada or a camarote ticket.

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Feb 20, 2005

Carnaval 2005

This years the Carnival was enormous, millions of people dancing days and night so the Municipality of Salvador are thinking to create a 4th circuits for the Blocos.......Carnival is for all, but Salvador Canival became evry years bigger and bigger.

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Feb 20, 2005
 
 
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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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