Salvador, the first capital of Brazil, is a historical melting pot of European, African and Amerindian cultures. Today it is the county’s Afro-Brazilian jewel with a wonderful mix of architecture, colours and rhythms.
Starting from the pier we head to the modern suburb of Barra at the mouth of All Saints Bay, with its famous lighthouse and view overlooking where the bay and Atlantic Ocean meet. We continue by passing by the Dique do Tororó where we see the Orixás sculptures of Afro-Brazilian goddesses.
We then proceed to the upper city, passing through areas like Vitória and Campo Grande before arriving at Pelourinho – the old town. The walking tour starts from the Tomé de Souza square where we see Rio Branco Palace, one of the oldest palaces in Brazil. Admire the panoramic view here of the lower city and the bay. We then walk the cobblestone streets of this preserved colonial-style city, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included are visits to São Francisco church, with its gold leafed interior and Jacaranda wood furniture, and Basilica Cathedral. We conclude the walk at “Largo do Pelourinho”, a favourite Salvador postcard image, where slaves were once punished in public.
We then board the bus and return to the pier.