Dont believe the hype
Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 21 of 34 › view all entries
October 16th, 2007 – by: razorriome
Contrary to the reports we had heard we had a pleasant and crime free stay in Salvador. I took the friendly hostel hosts advice and stayed to certain areas but I felt comfortable walking around town with my camera out during the day.
If you are planning to come here make sure you are here on a Tuesday. Every Tuesday night there is a big street party on a long wide stairwell in front of a church in the center of town. We had not heard this and arrived very late Tuesday and missed the big party. I heard lots about it and saw lots of pictures but I wasn't prepared to hang around for a week for the next one.
At about 2.5 Million people Salvador is one of the bigger cities in Brazil. I only saw a small portion of it in the historical town center.
We went to a live Brazilian show called Mama Africa that had rave reviews from everyone staying in the hostel. There were lots of fit figures sparsely covered by carnival like costumes making inhuman dance moves for 50 minutes. I though the dancing was very impressive but the whole coordination of the spectacle was not nearly as professional as something I would have seen at home. Everyone else thought it was amazing.
I didn't bother with the beaches in Salvador because I would be seeing a lot up the coast so I left the number one tourist destination after only three nights.
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