Our first stop on this tour of the first capital of Brazil is a visit to the Lighthouse of Barra, where you will have a few minutes to appreciate all the beauty of the place. Continuing our tour, we will pass through the Corredor da Vitória and Campo Grande, areas that, during carnival, serve as the main route for the traditional floats. Upon reaching the Historic Center we continue our tour on foot through the quaint narrow streets and past ancient mansions, feeling very much like we have traveled back in time. Squares, churches, museums, and art galleries give Pelourinho a special charm. Particular highlights on this tour are: Terreiro de Jesús, São Francisco Church, Museu da Misericórdia, Cathedral Basilica, Casa do Olodum, Iglesia Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos. We also stop in at the newest museum in Salvador, the Carnival house. This museum is devoted entirely to the history of carnival through the ages.
After a traditional seafood lunch, we begin the second set of tours. We take a walk through the Lower part of the city of Salvador, a place full of history, culture, art, and impressive landscapes, starting with the view of the Itapagipe peninsula. Afterward, we make a quick stop at the famous Ribeira ice cream parlor to refresh ourselves with a traditional fruit ice cream or sorbet.
We continue our tour visiting the celebrated Church of Senhor do Bonfim, which is one of the largest symbols of religious syncretism between Catholicism and Candomblé in Brazil. The church is also known for its fencing filled with colored ribbons tied by its members and tourists from all over the world. Our last visit is to the Fort Mont Serrat which still features the original cannons and defenses from centuries ago and is also a great spot for taking panoramic photos of the bay. We end with some free time to explore the artisan market of Mercado Modelo.
Meals (B, L)