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Review: Hit Hotel

The Hit Hotel in Barra, Salvador is located at the port of Barra, a fantastic location, right on the Orla across from the famous Porto da Barra beach. When you leave the hotel you...

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Review: Pousada Papaya Verde

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade — or, in our case, green papaya juice. Our (mis)adventure started when we had our apartment painted and the strong smell of fumes drove us out...

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Portuguese Language Schools in Salvador

Interested in learning a bit of Portuguese while you are here in Salvador? Then Barra is the neighborhood for you — all three of the Portuguese language schools that are geared towards foreigners are...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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