Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 34 of 35 › view all entries
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.
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).
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).