Bahia Afro Heritage

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5 Nights, 6 Days visiting Salvador,

Salvador de Bahia is the oldest city in Brazil and its first capital, with its legacy displayed in the city's colonial core, Pelourinho, a jewel of colonial baroque churches, cathedrals, and palaces. Its cuisine, music, dance and vibrant visual arts are all testaments to its pervasive African and Portuguese influences. Salvador is the capital of Bahia, the state known for its endless stretches of stunning beach along the Atlantic coast, dotted with charming resorts and inhabited by the most laid-back people in the country.

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What will happen, day by day

Day 1: Salvador
Meet and greet service upon arrival in Salvador and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Salvador
Half day Panoramic City Tour: The lower city tour takes us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where the first holiday residences were built. Now, a peaceful family district, life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. In the evening we attend a folklore show. The Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia) is one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world. The company performs in the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho in a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin Bahian culture. We will see the sacred dances of the Candomblé; "puxada de rede", a song by fishermen in honor of Yemanjá, the goddess of the sea; maculelê, an acrobatic stick and sword dance with its origins in the cane fields; capoeira, a martial art/dance of Angolan origin and the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance. After the show dinner will be served in one of the many traditional restaurants in the area.

Day 3: Salvador
Full day tour to Cachoeira, We leave the city behind to explore the farming hinterland on the western side of the All Saints´ Bay. This is the land of sugar cane plantations, peaceful colonial towns and busy country markets, a day full of insight into the lifestlye of rural Brazil. We drive north out of the city and head westwards, stopping at the country market town of Santo Amaro. We continue our drive westwards through rolling hills to Cachoeira, the jewel of the Bahian hinterland nestled deep in the valley of the Paraguaçu River. After lunch we take a walking tour of the town, with opportunities to browse in some local wood carvers stores’. Like Salvador, Candomblé plays an integral part in the life of the town, epitomized by the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte, a sorority which traces its origins back to the time of slavery. We cross to the western bank of the slow moving river and visit the Danemann Cultural Center where world class cigars being expertly rolled. A journey back in time to the Brazil of yesterday.

Day 4: Salvador
Cadomble: Religious and social focus. We visit a traditional candomblé house of worship, established at the turn of the century, a long way from the then center of the city. The expansion of the city has meant that the temples grounds have been surrounding by the burgeoning metropolis but the temple maintains the traditional religious and social values of African daily life. Our visit will focus on the religious and social traditions of the temple. We visit the primary school whose curriculum includes Yorubá language studies, the study of the spiritual and medicinal properties of sacred plants, as well as the normal academic studies.

Day 5: Salvador
Day at leisure, a full day to enjoy the Land of Happiness at your own pace. You may want to meet a “mae de santo” for the “jogo de buzios”, the ancient divination art involving the throwing and interpretation of the cowry shells. At night do not miss the Pelourinho area with its drumming troupes and cozy terraces with live Brazilian music.

Day 6: Salvador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Pousada Do Pilar @ Salvador
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Casa do Amarelindo @ Salvador
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Villa Bahia Pousada @ Salvador
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Pestana Convento do Carmo @ Salvador
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Important Notes

Land-Only prices are per person in single, double or triple occupancy, when available, including:

- Roundtrip transfers Airport-Hotel-Airport.
- Baggage handling.
- Accommodation at hotel.
- Tours according to itinerary above.
- Breakfast daily, including assortment of juices, fresh fruits, cold cuts, cakes, rolls, tea, coffee, unless indicated above.
- Hotel service charge and taxes.

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