Salvador

Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog

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The view from our pousada

Salvador is the capital of the brazillian state of Bahia and is also the thírd biggest city in Brasil at approximately 2.5 million people. Salvador was also the nations capital for almost two centuries before it was shifted to Rio and then again onto Brasillia.

We arrived in Salvador after a nice trip on our last overnight bus jounrney in South America, thank god for that, we are getting very over sleeping on buses. We made the bus journey with a couple of friends we met in Porto Seguro, Tony and Hanna, which was nice to have someone else to discuss plans with when deciding where to go. After a bit of a fight getting a taxi at the bus terminal and a stop at one of the beach side suburbs (dodgy) we decided we were best to head where the rest of the gringos are staying, a place called Pelourinho.

World cup final day.
Pelourinho is the old historic centre of Salvador and a lovely place to stay. We made two stops in Salvador, one night before our trip to Morro do Sao Paulo and a couple of nights after before flying to Rio.

The first day there was spent just walking around the town checking it out. Salvador an interesting town in that it is broken into two main areas. The first being on top the hill where all the business, administration and residences are located and the lower waterside section with all the docks, wharehouses and beaches. The two are joined only by a very large elevator that ferrys about 20 people at a time from the top to bottom and vice versa. The elevator is interesting, but annoying to line up for, don't think they've heard on stairs here yet. We also saw some Capoeria, a tradional brasillain dance (specifically from the state of Bahia).

Italy scores, tragic.
Capoeria looks like some sort of martial art with all the swing kicks and jumping around, but it is a dance the brasillains love and so do the ladies, lots of ripped up black men.

Second time here after Morro do Sao Paulo was spent pretty much on sports, wimbeldon final in the morning and the World Cup final in the afternoon, what a great day. We caught up with some people we had met on Morro for the game and went to a local restaurant/bar, lots of booze and food by the kilo, what more can you ask for (apart from them to start the whole world cup again so Australia makes the final).

Salvador was very nice, but not too much to do if you are a gringo hunting for tourist attractions. A great place to come for a few days though to soak up the Bahian atmosphere, which is much different from the furthwer southern states within Brasil. Only wish we were still heading north from here, but unfortunately this is as far north as we go, back to Rio from here, stupidly on the 5am flight (we are very cheap).

 

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The view from our pousada
The view from our pousada
World cup final day.
World cup final day.
Italy scores, tragic.
Italy scores, tragic.
Moqueca.
Moqueca.
The streets of salvador.
The streets of salvador.
Capoeira and sarah.
Capoeira and sarah.
More capoeira
More capoeira
Me and a big building, not sure wh…
Me and a big building, not sure w…
The elevator, stairs would also go…
The elevator, stairs would also g…
Salvador, pelourinho.
Salvador, pelourinho.