Our final stop on our Brazil tour was Salvador, home to Afro-Brazilian culture and endless colonial Portuguese architecture. The streets are filled with streams of colorful lanterns and flags, cobblestones blocks (or the sweet sounding word in Portuguese, "paralelepÃpedos").
âEach street is filled with energy and surprises, from heart pounding drum players, to playful capoeira dancers, to vendors selling Michael Jackson t-shirts. Indeed the King of Pop filmed is 90's jam "They Don't Really Care About Us" on these very streets! There is so much to see in this city, it truly requires a few days on your Brazil itinerary to even scratch the surface.
The cityâs past is marked by stories of Portuguese seafaring and the heartbreaking history of the African slave trade. The lively Bahian capital offers a unique fusion of vibrant cultures these days.
If you are able to step away from the brilliantly hued center- a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches- then try to reach the glorious palm lined coastline down the road. â
The UNESCO site of the Pelourinho old town can be explored on foot or with a walking tour. As the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763, Salvador de Bahia witnessed a fusion of European, African and Amerindian cultures.
It isn't a trip to Bahia until you have tried moqueca - the coconut fish stew that is served teeming hot with simmering yellow broth. After dinner, you will see many vendors selling PÃ£o de Queijo, a delightful after dinner snack.
A night on the town is not complete with our an ice cold caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail served on the beaches, bars, and streets!
"SaÃºde" as we say in Portuguese and hope you get a chance to visit Bahia very soon!
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