The Basics

Arrive in confidence because you know the basics. Pick up must-know tips for local ride-sharing options, getting a SIM chip, ATMs you can use, and tons more.

Where to Stay

Discover which is the right neighborhood for you, check out hotel and pousada reviews, and get recommendations on how to beat AirBnB prices on rentals.

What to Do

From the best shows to the best beaches and beyond. Stunning nature, state-of-the-art museums, and world heritage sites — explore all that Salvador has to offer.

Let me be your guide to Salvador

Hi I’m Jen.

I am an American who has been living in Salvador for the past few years, taking advantage of every moment I can to learn as much as possible about these amazing people and incredibly rich culture.

Being married to a musician, I’ve jumped in exactly as you’d imagine — by learning to play an instrument. Here I am playing surdo for the city mayor at the opening of the Carnival Museum in 2018.

My husband and I been helping visitors to our lovely city for years get oriented and have magical experiences. We were even featured on the French television show Échappées belles in a special about Salvador in January 2019.

Welcome to Salvador Guidebook and bem vindo a Salvador!

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What others are saying

Experiencing Salvador as a “local” through Jen’s and Bira’s eyes was awesome. They are fantastic Carnival tour guides and local music aficionados and always have the inside scoop on what is happening across the city.

Pierre B., Seattle, WA

If you’re going to Salvador, talk to Jen and Bira first.They can help you plan your perfect trip — from finding a great place to stay to the must-see musical acts to the best beaches. Relax and leave the planning to them and you won’t regret it!

Alesha M., Chicago, IL


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