We depart from the pier for a tour around the lower city of Salvador, visiting the quiet waters of the Itapagipe peninsula, where the first holiday residences were built and is today the site of a peaceful family district where life moves much more slowly than in the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dugout canoes, locals collect shell fish at low tide and schooners lay anchored, all under the watchful eye of Bonfim church. Stop for the iconic drink of Bahia, coconut water.
Next, visit Bonfim Church, a site of intense religious devotion and one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Brazil. Bonfim is deeply syncretized with the Afro Candomblé religion. We then continue to the Montserrat district with its panoramic views of the city.
The tour now visits the Modelo Market, an old slave trading site. Modelo Market is one of the oldest and most traditional commercial zones in Salvador and its architecture is protected by Brazil´s National Historical Heritage. Below the market lies a preserved underground warren of pathways, closed temporarily to visits, where recently arrived slaves were allegedly kept. The site is below sea level and thus constantly flooded.