Street scene from Salvador carnival, 2018

Beginner’s Guide to Carnival in Salvador

To say my first carnival experience in Salvador was overwhelming and bewildering would be an understatement. First, there were new and unfamiliar terms — bloco, camarote, pipoca, circuit, fantasia, adabá — that I had...

Fantasia of Cortejo Afro, Carnival 2018

Carnival Fantasia and Abadás

When I heard I needed a costume for carnival, I instantly thought of the glittered masks of New Orleans Mardi Gras. My friend and I went on a shopping adventure, walked out with masks...

Trio Elétrico Olodum, Carnaval 2018

The Afro Blocos of Salvador’s Carnival

Are you as addicted as I am to those strong, rhythmic percussive beats of afro-brazilian music? The ones that make your hips and shoulders start swaying back and forth before you even realize it’s...

Campo Grande Carnival Circuit

Salvador Carnival Circuits

When you think about carnival in Rio de Janeiro, you probably think about the Sambadrome. And when you think about carnival in Salvador, you probably envision a trio elétrico passing along a beach surrounded...

Skol traveling bar

18 Tips To Survive Salvador Carnival

Salvador carnival is a marathon, not a sprint. While the official carnival days are Thursday through Tuesday, it extends several days in either direction with additional official activities. And, if I was to be...

Small garden space with mosiac tile floor and table and chairs

Review: Estrela do Mar Pousada

I stayed in Pousada Estrela do Mar my very first trip to Salvador so it will always have a special place in my heart. It is this pousada where I roomed with the woman who,...

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