Salvador is the cultural capital of Northeastern Brazil and heart of Afro-Brazilian heritage.
Like the wrinkles that shape an old man’s smile, the city is an incredible blend of beauty, history and grittiness.
I had the opportunity to spend a few days exploring Salvador with a local friend, and absolutely loved it’s character and diversity.
The above video is the first in a new series called “Travel Deeper Brazil.” I plan on uploading a new video every week on the T2T YouTube Channel that highlights my Brazilian adventures over the past eight months of living and traveling in Brazil.
If for some reason you can’t watch the video on this site, click here.
For those interested in traveling to Brazil and experiencing some of the things I did in Salvador, below is a quick “Salvador Travel Guide” based on some of the things I did in town.
As always, if you need information about any destination, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
Where to Stay:
I stayed at the Hotel InterCity Premium, it’s a great place with incredible rooftop pool and wonderful views, but it’s far away from the historical city center of Salvador.
If you’re on a budget, there are a few good hostels in Pelourinho in central Salvador.
What to Eat:
Salvador street food is delicious! When you’re there, you can’t miss the Acarajé, Moqueca de Camarao and Caldo de Sururu. Also, try Cravinho or any of the other flavors of cachaca from the small bar right in the central plaza of Pelourinho.
What to Do:
I took Capoeira lessons at Associação de Capoeira Mestre Bimba, one of the oldest and most respected Capoeira schools in the city.
I stayed in town because I had just come from a ton of beaches in Natal and Recife, but there are a ton of day trips to beaches just outside Salvador.
Also, learn to dance Forró and Samba.
Otherwise, explore the beautiful colonial streets and buildings of downtown Salvador, try to catch Olodum performing and get there for one of the best carnivals in Brazil!