While everyone gets hype over visiting Rio, we’ve learned that the best kept Brazilian secret is Salvador da Bahia. This city often goes under the radar and is overshadowed by the two larger cities of Sao Paulo and Rio, which are situated 1,600 – 2,000+ miles south. Here are 5 reasons we choose to visit Salvador da Bahia this August 9th -18th.
#1 – Affordability
When we saw that we could get travelers on an all-inclusive trip to Brazil for under $2,600, we jumped at the chance. Deals like this don’t come around too often. With the costs of travel increasing due to inflation, the price of the trip is an amazing deal and will only increase over time.
#2 – Visit Pelourinho & Other Neighborhoods
Pelourinho is the historical center of Brazil. The historic neighborhood was the city’s center during the Portuguese colonial period and was named for the whipping post in its central plaza where African slaves received punishment for various infractions, as well as for disciplinary purposes. In visiting the neighborhood, we will literally take a step back into the past of Salvador. The neighborhood still has some 16th century buildings and streets that are lined with cobblestone.
Also on the list of neighborhoods to visit is Curuzu, Cachoeira city, and Praia do Forte.
#3 – The Food is Bomb!!!!
Salvador is where all the Afro-Brazilian culture combines tastes, dances and traditions. Bahian food has strong African influences, with spices that compliment fresh seafood and produce.
You get fresh tropical juices in Salvador. And you gotta try Cupuaçu. This is an Amazonian fruit with hints of chocolate and pineapple that all say is a must.
#4 –The Commitment to Preserving African Roots
Afro-Brazilians are unapologetic about their African identity. Olodum is an Afro-Brazilian cultural group. They are most known for developing the samba reggae sound and the percussionists gaining international notoriety in Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” hit single.
However, they do far more than that. The Olodum is responsible for maintaining a continued focus on taking action against racism, providing opportunities for the disadvantaged young people, and fighting for the rights for Afro-Brazilians as a group.
We also cannot forget to mention the Afro-Brazilian group, Ilê Aiyê who works to raise the consciousness of the Bahian black community. To be surrounded by people who embrace the history, culture, and spirit of what it means to be an African outside the continent is a real treat!