ATM

Withdrawing Cash in Salvador, Brazil

In Salvador, ATMs are your friend. Salvador still relies heavily on cash; while most restaurants take credit cards, if you want to catch the bus, take a taxi, pay for a dance or percussion...

caipirinha

What is a Caipirinha

Yes, the beaches really are like that. And, the caipirinhas really are delicious. A “utility beverage” indeed! The un-official national drink of Brazil, the caipirinha is, to me, most similar to the Cuban mojito....

Uber - Riding in a car

Is Uber in Salvador, Brazil?

I first found out that Uber was in Salvador back in early 2016 when a friend of mine came to dinner and was raving about this super-cheap taxi alternative he was using. “Oooohhh-bah” it...

Rent an apartment in Salvador

How to rent an apartment in Salvador?

Even before the sharing economy became a thing, people were renting apartments in Salvador. What I personally love about renting an apartment is that not only do you get your own space, but you...

Pousada

Cheap places to stay in Salvador

Salvador, by and large, is not an expensive place to stay — but cheap and expensive are all in the eye of the beholder. And if you are a true budget traveler, you can...

SIM cards

How to get a pre-paid SIM card in Brazil

It is absolutely possible to get a pre-paid SIM card in Brazil, but it’s not possible to get one from every carrier. Only one carrier, TIM, will allow a foreigner to get a SIM...

Do you need a visa to go to Brazil?

As with any good question, it depends. For anyone carrying a US passport, you need a visa. However, if you are in Europe or New Zealand you do not. The laws are changing all the...

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