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The Magic of New Year’s in Salvador

New Year’s Eve celebrations are a big deal around the world, but in Salvador we take it to a different level. The phrase “go big or go home” is true when it comes to Salvador and its ability to throw a party. We host the biggest New Year’s celebration in Brazil — a free multi-day […]

Pelourinho full of people for the Festival of Santa Barbara

Celebrating at the Festa de Santa Bárbara

December 4 in Salvador marks the official un-official kickoff of the Carnaval season. It is the Festa de Santa Bárbara / Dia de Iensã. While not an official holiday, that doesn’t stop more than ten thousand people from commemorating. I encourage you to watch the video above. A picture is worth a thousand words, and […]

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13 Tasty Options for Street Food in Brazil

The Brazil street food scene, particularly in Salvador, is fantastic. It seems like no matter what you are in the mood for, Salvador has it. Sweet, salty, finger food, shareable or single-serving — we’ve got it. As you go through the list below you’ll definitely find a theme when it comes to ingredients — local […]

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6 Tips for Taking the Bus in Salvador

Coming from Seattle, I was used to having a choice of apps to track bus progress real-time, schedules that actually meant something, drivers that stopped at bus stops, and relative peace and quiet. None of these even vaguely resembles the Salvador bus system. We now have an app with routes and schedules, but that’s about […]

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From Praça da Sé to the Pelourinho

I can always tell when I’m on the bus with someone that has never taken the bus to the Pelourinho. As we go through the commercial stretch of Avenida Sete de Setembro they start looking around nervously, suddenly thinking the are on the wrong bus. Then, when the bus stops at Praca da Sé and […]

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Where to Stay in Salvador, Brazil

Trying to figure out where to stay in Salvador? There are a dizzying array of lodging choices in Salvador. I have done this more times than I care to count. You are not alone. With a population of almost 3 million people covering 268 square miles (4 million people and 1.7 square miles in the […]

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3 Ways: Going to the Beach in Salvador, Brazil

My idea of the perfect beach experience involves space to lay out a sarong, a book, and some peace and quiet. I want to look out at the water, daydream, and recharge. If you share my vision, the beaches in Salvador, Brazil can be a challenge. There are three beach modes here in Salvador, and […]

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Salvador Ride-Hailing Apps

Uber took Salvador, Brazil by storm in 2016. And where economic success is found, competitors are sure to follow. Just as we saw in the US when Uber and Lyft came to town, when Uber arrived in Salvador the taxis largely got their act together — finally providing usable apps and cleaner taxis. The same […]