Traveling to Salvador, Brazil was a once in a lifetime experience that gave me the opportunity to see and experience a different side of Brazilian culture and history.
I ate, I explored and I took a lot of photos of Salvador in the process. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from a week in the Northeastern city of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
To get a behind the scenes look at the sites and sounds, including all the street food, capoeira lessons and late night Forró dancing, check out the first episode of “Travel Deeper Brazil” from Salvador, Brazil.
Flying into Salvador, you can see the incredibly vast landscape covered with favelas like a endless collection of legos.
The harbor in central Salvador, including a giant elevator to the far left of the photo that takes you from the city center down towards the docks and central market.
The beautiful coastline and gritty downtown area is full of life, including this little marmoset who came to see what I was up to.
One of the beautiful main square in Pelourinho, the historic center of Salvador, decorated for the São João Festival.
The feet of a local statue, traditionally dressed in front of one of the many churches in Salvador. The beautiful and well-preserved churches across the city are a site to see.
One catholic church, Senhor do Bonfim, takes it further by offering wish ribbons to locals and visitors alike. You make three wishes and then tie the ribbon to your wrist. The three wishes are supposed to come true before the ribbon falls off.
Every balcony in Salvador tells a story.
I’ve never been to a more colorful city. It reminded me a lot of Cartagena, Colombia.
Cruising the streets of Pelourinho.
Thanks to my local friend for showing me around!
She showed me the best spots to catch the sunset…
Then we drank a lot of Cravinho and so did this guy…
Brazilian Music in the streets, you can’t beat it.
Locals watching from their open windows on a beautiful night in Salvador.