Packages to Fernando de Noronha and Salvador, Brazil .

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The capital of the state of Bahia and home to a World Heritage Site, a pulsating music scene and vibrant carnival celebrations, Salvador is one of the seats of Brazilian culture. Salvador was the original capital of Brazil for about 200 years and also home to the first slaves who arrived to work on sugar plantations.

Packages to Fernando de Noronha and Salvador, Brazil .

The Old City and Culture

A World Heritage site, The Old City or Pelourinho, with its winding cobblestone streets, has numerous well maintained structures such as of the Renaissance period, the Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco church, while brightly colored buildings decorated with intricate stucco work or Portuguese Azulejo tiles abound.

The African influence is evident everywhere, from women dressed in ethnic white clothes selling Bahian delicacies to someone playing the berimbau, a bowed instrument while someone else practices capoeira, a dance form of martial arts. Another evident African influence is the Candomblé or worshipping of ancestral souls.

Music and Dance

Many famous Brazilian musicians of the past and present decades emerged from Salvador, including Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.

The African slaves who worked in plantations in the Bahia region developed over the years a culture, including dance and music quite different from other parts of Brazil, such as Samba,Samba-Reggae and Axe.

Several bars and restaurants like the Galpão Cheio de Assunto and Boteco São Jorge have various musical performances, including percussion and samba.

Carnival in Salvador

The Salvador carnival is reputed to be the biggest street party on earth. While the carnival in Rio is made up of elaborate costumes and a huge samba parade, at the carnival in Salvador you will find performances by percussion groups called “blocos Afros” and “trios eletricos” which are huge trucks with gigantic speakers,

carrying the city’s popular performers such as Gilberto Gil, Olodum, Daniela Mercury, Carlinhos Brown, Timbalada and Margareth Menezes who are accompanied by dancers. There is the opportunity to participate, by dancing and mingling with the locals, rather than just be a spectator.

Food in Salvador

Just as with the music and dance of the Bahian region, the food of this area also sees an African influence. Fried bean dumplings called Aracajé found in Salvador for example, can also be found in West Africa by a slightly different name.

Moqueca is Bahia’s signature dish, made from seafood stewed in palm oil and coconut milk. Restaurants serving local food include Porto do Moreira, Recanto das Tias, Cruz do Pascoal and O Cravinho.

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