Celebrating Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Immaculate Conception)

In this city that is deeply connected to Africa and in a country that is very religious, residents cherish the opportunity to connect with their spiritual ancestors.  And let’s be honest, they are always looking for a reason to party, as well. December 8th is the day of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, or the immaculate […]

Ultimate Guide to Salvador Carnaval 2020

What do you think of when you hear “Brazil Carnaval”? I bet it’s the Rio de Janeiro Carnaval with the sambadrome, women in high heels, and feathery costumes. That is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime spectacular. And pretty much the complete opposite of what you’ll find at Salvador’s millions-strong 6-day street party/city takeover. When is Salvador’s Carnaval […]

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Dance along to the National Day of Samba in Salvador

What music and dance form has its own verb and national day of recognition? Samba! That’s what. The verb: sambar The day: December 2nd A brief history of samba The history of samba is disputed, with both Bahia and Rio de Janeiro claiming to have originated the dance and musical form. However, what is generally […]

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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 […]