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By Avinash Achar (Flickr: _DSC0104_01) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Salvador, Brazil, was named as the Americas Afro-descendent capital and is the capital of the northern Bahia Brazil state. It currently has many different historical sites that will delight tourists and offers huge architectural, cultural and musical diversity. You will also love the renowned Baianos hospitality that you can experience. In order to aid you create a wonderful trip to Salvador, let us mention some activities that you absolutely have to consider.

Historic Downtown Strolling

The historic Pelourinho district in Salvador is seen by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites because of the unique historical preservation and architecture showcased. You can get a view of African Slave experiences that happened in Brazil and walk on Rua Chile right towards Rio Branco Palace, which is among the oldest of all Brazil’s palaces.

Samba Dancing

Not many know this but samba actually appeared in Bahia. With this in mind, it is obvious that you will get the opportunity of experiencing authentic beats. That happens at the St. George Pub. Make sure that you experience this as it is quite unique.

Go To The Beach

You can enjoy some of the best beaches in the country when you travel to the north of Salvador. It is recommended that you consider a visit at the Imbassai Beach, even if it is 39 miles away from the city. A bus is available for interested tourists.

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By Hentzer (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Ride The Elevator

We know that this sounds weird but you should know that Salvador is basically divided in two: lower town and upper town. The traditional method of exploring the levels is taking Lacerda Elevator, which is located in the city’s historic center. It was built in the year 1873 and now carries close to 1 million people every single month. You will love the top because of the panoramic view offered and you just have to pay 80 cents, which are used for maintenance purposes.

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Drink In An Aro-Brazilian Bar

All tourists are recommended to hit the Sankofa Bar and Café located on St. Michael Hill Road. It is a great place for all people living in Salvador and for tourists alike. There are clear references to the diaspora and African heritage ranging from music to food.

Mercado Modelo Shopping

Mercado Modelo appeared in 1912 and now offers you Salvadoran crafts and arts: dolls, paintings, necklaces, musical instruments and various ornaments. You do not have to spend a fortune here to get some great gifts for people at home.

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By José Oliveira (flickr user) (Flickr here) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Eat Baiana Food

Out of the different restaurants that offer traditional Bahia dishes, Aconchego Zuzu has to be considered. It includes a special decoration with African blocos scenes and offers live music most of the day.

Visit Salvador’s Harlem

The Brazilian version of Harlem is named Liberdade and it is actually one of the largest of all the black majority neighborhoods in Latin American countries. You will also love the Carnaval bloco, which is held here and is one of the oldest of the Brazilian carnivals.