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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
From $125.00
 
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
From $125.00
 
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

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Capoeira

Around the city you can witness locals showing off their capoeira skills. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art using dance and music. It requires a lot of upper body strength and looks really impressive. The clothing is also very bright and colourful as is most of Salvador itself.

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deeper_blue
Dec 23, 2012

ballet on ancient brasilian traditions

In the square of Jorge Amado museum, near a beautifull church there is a foundation to learn a job to young ‘not rich’ boys and girls: you can se a folcloric ballet about ancient music and brasilian dancing, from the history of Orishas to samba de roda, capoeira and the slavery history......but they speech only portughese!
Another chance is Balè Folclorico da Bhaia: rua Gregorio de Matos 49 - 55(71)3221962 www.balefolclorocodabahia.com.br

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ludogatto
Apr 04, 2011

Folcloric ballets: samba de roda, capoeira and mor

In the square of Jorge Amado museum, near a beautifull church there is a foundation to learn a job to young ‘not rich’ boys and girls: they can learn brasilian cooking, became weiters or learn about music and traditional dancing, so every night you can taste in a good ‘all you can eat’ restaurant a lot of brasilian dishes made by themselves and see a beautifull show about ‘orishas’ of candomblè, capoeira and the slavery history......but they speech only portughese!
Another chance is Balè Folclorico da Bhaia: rua Gregorio de Matos 49 - 55(71)3221962 www.balefolclorocodabahia.com.br

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ludogatto
Apr 04, 2011

O Coliseu, Folklore Show Capoeira Dancers

Whenever I vacation in Brazil, I always attend a "Show Folclorico", Folklore dance show. The participants are so energetic, athletic and present their performance with vigor and a gracious attitude. The costumes are very colorful and are worn with extreme pride. The dances tell the history of Brazil. The buffet at the O Coliseu Bar and Restaurant, was very good and the service was excellent. There was a wide selection of meats, vegetables, salad and local cusine. I highly recommend this performance.

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jwilliams2005
Oct 17, 2007
 
 
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Watch Capoeira

Most days in Praca de Se (Pelourinho) you will see young men playing Capoeira, as well as drummers... drumming. Just have some spare dosh to give them because they don't take too kindly to having their pictures taken without pay.

Capoeira is an art form that emerged in Brazil during the era of the Atlantic Slave Trade. It is mostly practised in Salvador blending music, ritual, acrobatic movement, and combat, capoeira is at once a dance, a game, and a dangerous martial art. You will often here people saying that they are going to "play Capoeira."

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Zarasher
Feb 14, 2007

CAPOEIRA SHOW: Nowadays, it is...

CAPOEIRA SHOW: Nowadays, it is thought that slaves from Angola,
who were first brought to Brazil in the 16th century,
developed Capoeira as a self-defense technique.
Basing themselves on traditional African dances and rituals,
these slaves practiced Capoeira in the work free hours
left to them, thus training both mind and body
for combat situations. As the slave-masters forbade
any kind of martial art, it was cloaked in the guise
of an innocent-looking recreational dance

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Slydevil
Jul 31, 2005

In a land so full of music & dance see a folk show

OK, so, usually I would see such as a bit too touristy but all the music and dance that is Salvador drew me to experience the show at Solar do Unhao.

Solar do Unhao exists in this great 18th century colonial building of stone and exposed wood beams, down a steep hill- Warm lighting invites you in, the scent of a Bahian buffet fills your nostrils. And BAM! your photo is snapped with a woman in traditional Bahian dress which someone will later show you, glued to a plastic plate that you can purchase.... :-)

Tim and I opted to skip the dinner buffet and have wine instead as we watched the show... (We had dinner at Sorriso da Dada on Rue Frei Vincente later that night). I think we paid $40 REAL per person for the show alone.

The performance began with the sacred dances of the Candomblé, then Puxada de Rede in honor of Yemanjá, the goddess of the sea, followed by Maculelê, an acrobatic stick and sword dance from the cane fields.

The most amazing part of the show in my opinion, was an exhilarating display of Capoeira- it was incredible. The show ended with the Samba de Roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance in which those in the show dragged members of the audience up onto the stage to samba away with them...

There are two nightly shows, call for exact times.

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sunlovey
May 17, 2005

Sneak a peek at a Capoeira School

We ducked into this school as we could hear the intoxicating drums from the street- up one flight of stairs and we saw people learning capoeira and up one more flight and lessons were being taught on the drums. Both were intriguing to watch.

The name of the school we stumbled upon was Associacåo Brasileira de Capoeira Angola ABCA

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sunlovey
May 16, 2005

Top 5 Salvador da Bahia Writers

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"Salvador da Bahia"
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MikeAtSea

"Salvador - Africa in Brazil"
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"All I want is some ACARAJE!"
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"Salvador de Bahia: african roots are here"
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Same place . . .

Inside the Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo, there is a small cloister that for some reason struck me as attractive so I snapped this photo. As I walked out of the church I noticed some people practicing Capoeira, the traditional art of Bahia that blends martial arts and dance and can be seen all over town. Unfortunately, when I asked the instructor if I could take a picture, he told me to get lost (didn't he know I already was lost?!).

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acemj
Nov 08, 2003

Capoeira's fight

Capoeira is a tipical dance-fight at Salvador. This is from natives african slaves who arrive at Salvador long time ago. It's very exciting to see how the natives move their legs and arms in perfect armony.

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jmbenet
Sep 21, 2003

Public Phones - They usually...

Public Phones - They usually have the shapes of coconuts or 'berimbaus' ( as the one beside). Berimbau is the instrument which 'capoeiristas' play while performing their show.

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Slydevil
Aug 25, 2002

Things to Do Near Salvador da Bahia

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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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