Starting in the modern suburb of Barra at the mouth of the Bay (All Saints Bay) with its famous lighthouse. Time to take some pictures of the view, where the bay and the Atlantic Ocean join together. We will continue passing by the Dique do Tororó where you’ll see the Orixás sculptures - the Afro-Brazilian Goddess. Then, proceeding to the upper City, towards the Pelourinho (old town), passing through areas like Vitória, and Campo Grande. Arriving at Pelourinho, we start our walking tour at the Rio Branco Palace in the Tome de Souza square, one of the oldest palaces in Brazil. From there you can admire the panoramic view of the lower city and the All Saints Bay. We continue our tour by the cobblestone streets of this preserved colonial style site, a cultural heritage area by the UNESCO. A visit to the Sao Francisco church, with its gold leafed interior and Jacaranda wood furniture, and the Basilica Cathedral are included. Finishing at ”Largo do Pelourinho”, a Salvador postcard, where slaves used to be punished in public in ancient times.
Tour goes around the lower city Salvador, visiting the quiet waters of the Itapagipe peninsula, where the first holiday residences were built, now it’s a peaceful family district, life moving much slower than the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dug out canoes, locals collects shell fish at low tide, schooners are at anchor, all under the view of the Bonfim church. Stop for the drink icon of Bahia, coconut water. Then, we go for visiting the Church, site of intense religion devotion, one of the most of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply syncretized with the Candomble afro religion. We continue to the Montserrat district with its panoramic view of the city. Our tour goes now to its end, by visiting the Modelo Market, an old slave trade site, one of the oldest and most traditional commercial zones of the city of Salvador, with its architecture protected by the National Historical Heritage. The market has a preserved underground but is temporarily closed for visits. There is this popular story saying that the place was also used to keep the slaves recently arrived in town. The site, which lies below sea level, is constantly flooded, with pathways to go around.
- Port: Salvador
- Language: English
Max Participants: 450