Welcome to Bahia
Africa meets South America in the staggeringly beautiful northeastern state of Bahia. The heady blend of two seemingly disparate cultures – classic Portuguese architecture and African drum beats, Catholic churches and Candomblé (Afro-Brazilian religion) – is unique, and for most travelers, truly intoxicating. Bahia’s centerpiece is Salvador, a jewel-box colonial city with gilded churches, cobblestone streets, lively... Read More
Top experiences in Bahia
Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado, Sugar Loaf
Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour (10 hours)Your Rio Super Saver begins with morning pickup at your hotel or the cruise port, followed by a tour of downtown. Pass attractions like the Sambadrome, and stop briefly at the Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), known for its pyramid shape. Visit Cinelandia Square to see its historic buildings, including the National Library and National Museum of Fine Arts, and then make your way to the Urca neighborhood, where you’ll board the cable car for the ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar). During the ride, make a quick stop at a 700-foot (215-meter) vantage point where you can admire stunning views of the city, from Guanabara Bay to Rio’s other famous mountain, Corcovado. Snap a few photos before getting back in the cable car for the rest of the ride up to Sugar Loaf’s summit. From here, gaze in awe at the expansive view of the city, including sights like Copacabana Beach and Santa Cruz Fortress.Next, enjoy lunch at a local barbecue restaurant before starting the afternoon portion of your tour, which begins with a drive through Rio’s Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas district on your way to the Cosme Velho train station. Here, board the cog train for a scenic ride through the Tijuca Rainforest and up to the city’s most iconic landmark the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). Standing at an elevation of 2,300 feet (700 meters), the 1930s statue boasts a height of 98 feet (30 meters) and a wingspan of 92 feet (28 meters) and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Spend 45 minutes here, enjoying the sweeping views of Rio’s beaches, mountains and waterways. After taking the train back down, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel, where you can freshen up for about an hour before the evening portion of your Super Saver begins. Ginga Tropical Show in Rio de Janeiro (3.5 hours) Following pickup at your hotel in Rio de Janeiro, travel Ginga Tropical Show venue. During the Ginga Tropical Show, you'll see dancers perform bossa nova, samba and a variety of other musical and dance styles found in Brazil. The cast of dancers and musicians will perform the dance of forró, the sultry lambada and athletic displays of capoeira. Learn through music and dance tales of folklore from the Amazon, the Pampas, Lapa, as well as the mystic rituals of Bahia. When dancers appear in outrageous Carnival costumes and shake their hips to the beat of the live drums, that can only mean one thing: it's time for you to get up and dance, too. At the conclusion of the show, enjoy drop-off at your Rio hotel.
Salvador Airport Roundtrip Transfer
You'll be met at the Dois De Julho Airport and be taken directly to your hotel. An English-speaking representative will greet you when you clear airport customs - just look for your name and hotel details on a personalized sign! For your return journey, you'll be met at your hotel and taken directly to the airport for your flight home.
Historical Salvador City Tour
The streets of Central Salvador take tourists back to the beginnings of Brazil. Your tour begins at the Barra Lighthouse, passes the Teatro Castro Alves, home to the Bahian Symphony Orchestra and on to the Balé (ballet) de Castro Alves. The Forte de São Pedro and Praça Castro Alves are on route to the Historical Center of Pelourinho, which offers something to see along every street. Don't miss out on the historical churches, cafes, restaurants, shops and pastel-hued buildings. With more than a thousand houses, churches and monuments built since the 16th century, Salvador makes up the greatest collection of Baroque architectural heritage in Latin America.
Salvador da Bahia by Night
A night of magic, mystery and fun is all displayed through an authentic folkloric show. By encompassing dance, music and theatrics, this show portrays the complete history of the Afro-Brazilian culture. Experience the colorful Candomblé, Maculelê, Puxada de Rede, Dança do Caboclo, Samba de Roda and a wonderful show of Capoeira (traditional slave fighting). This tour, both educational and fun, will teach you a history lesson and leave you with unforgettable memories. The tour includes your transport, a bilingual guide and an international or typical Brazilian dinner.
Schooner Tour to Ilha dos Frades and Itaparica from Salvador
This schooner trip to the islands of Baía de Todos os Santos ("All Saints' Bay") includes music, bar service and an experienced guide. At your first stop, you'll enjoy a refreshing swim in the warm and crystal clear waters around the Ilha dos Frades. This small, primitive island offers lush tropical vegetation and beautiful beaches. Then you'll visit Itaparica, the most famous island in the bay. Its beaches and calm tide pools allow for a perfect diving adventure. You can also hike the trails or ride horses, as well as many other leisurely activities. This excursion, providing an outstanding overview of the Upper and Lower Cities and the islands in the bay, is an ideal day trip for the entire family!
Praia do Forte Day Trip from Salvador
After traveling a scenic 44 miles (70 km) from Salvador, you'll arrive at a paradise known as Praia do Forte. With a 7.5 mile (12 km) stretch of beautiful beaches which provide a full range of leisurely activities, this tropical heaven truly is the "Brazilian Polynesia". Choose to visit the Tamar Project, (entry not included) a sea turtle conservation program. You'll have the opportunity to visit a local fishing village and swim in the sea at Praia de Guarajuba. Enjoy the warm waters and tide pools before returning to Salvador in the late afternoon.