In the city that more clearly than any other Brazilian cities show the legacy of the country’s historical and cultural links with the slave trade from Africa and colonial times in Portugal. The old Lacerda elevator connects the lower town with the Mercado Modelo with the upper part of Salvador. On the cobblestones among the colorful houses at Largo de Pelourinho held slave auctions once. Capoeira, a mix of dance and martial art originated here and is practiced all around the city.

Salvador is the capital of Bahia on the northeast coast of Brazil. The town is known for its Afro-Brazilian culture which can be experienced through cuisine and music. It’s also the home of Capoeira, a mix of dance and martial art that is practiced all over town.

Getting around Salvador

If you drive it could prove difficult to navigate in the city which is full of one-way streets and often you are not allowed to turn left.
The easiest way to get around town is walking, by bus or by taxi.
You can get free maps at the tourist information office. Do you need a better map (better than the guide books tend to have) it might be worth buying the Geocad Mapa de Salvador sold in bookstores at the Praca da Sé.

Business hours

Post offices are open Monday through Friday 9 AM till 5 PM and Saturdays 9 AM till 1 PM.


The town has been reputed to be full of thieves and robbers. Beware of pickpocket on buses and other crowded places.
Do not dress fancy and do not take bring more money than you really need when you leave the hotel.

Do not hesitate to take a taxi after the sun has set. There are police officers who patrol the streets, especially around the Pelourinho, but do not rely too much on their help. And especially on Tuesdays when the square is really crowded.

Salvador, capital of Bahia, Brazil

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