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From Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Paradise Island Daytrip

1. From Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Paradise Island Daytrip

Depart Salvador and journey for around 1 hour by ferry to Itaparica Island. Then take a 2-hour drive to the city of Valencia, and continue by speedboat to what is affectionately known as "The Hill" by Bahian locals. On arrival at Morro de São Paulo, discover beaches of white sand, crystal-clear waters, coconut trees, and dense Atlantic forest. Relax in the off-beat location, characterized by beaches with numbers instead of names. Experience the friendly village atmosphere, where cars are forbidden and the hospitable people hang out in the bars and restaurants. Take part in optional activities such as horseback rides and zipline adventures, or just wander among the many enchanting sights. Suitable for all ages and tastes, Morro de São Paulo is home to cheerful dancing and cocktails on the beach. Join the locals and drink caipirinhas, or dip your toes in the calm waters of the ocean.

Salvador: City Highlights Private Tour

2. Salvador: City Highlights Private Tour

Choose from 5 different itineraries to best fit your time in Salvador and your preferences. Explore the city's highlights on a private tour with an expert guide and learn about the historical background of the city. • 4-Hour Cidade Baixa - Salvador Outskirts Tour Visit the lower city of Salvador and get to know the coastal area of Baía de Todos os Santos. Go to Dique do Tororó and enjoy a panoramic view of the Arena Fonte Nova football stadium. Next, see the beaches of Ribeira and the Itapagipe Peninsula and visit a tile-painting workshop. Taste a tropical ice cream at the traditional Sorveteria da Ribeira and head to the famous Senhor do Bonfim Church. Get a beautiful view of Montserrat Fortress and end your tour visiting Mercado Modelo, a major landmark of colonial Brazil where you can find a wide variety of vendors selling art and handicrafts. • 4-Hour Old Salvador with Pelourinho Tour Learn about the rich history of Salvador by starting your tour at Santo Antonio da Barra Fortress and Lighthouse. Then, visit the monument to Brazilian Independence, and walk the UNESCO-inscribed Historic Center of San Salvador de Bahia, also known as "Pelourinho.” Visit the Jesuit Basilica Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assis, two of the most extraordinary religious buildings in Brazil. • 6-Hour Salvador Essentials Tour with Local Snack Make the most of your time and see the main sights in the city in this combo tour of the Cidade Baixa – Salvador Outskirts and Old Salvador with Pelourinho tours. Have a quick stop to try a crepioca (included) and taste a unique flavor of Bahian gastronomy. • 7-Hour Old Salvador with Pelourinho Tour & Salvador Beaches Live Salvador at its best and combine history with beach relaxation. This tour combines the Old Salvador with Pelourinho tour with some time to enjoy Praia do Flamengo and Stella Maris, two of the best beaches in Salvador. Lunch is not included. • 8-Hour Salvador Essentials Tour with Regional Lunch  Take the complete tour of Salvador combining the Cidade Baixa – Salvador Outskirts and Old Salvador with Pelourinho tours at a more relaxed pace with a stop for a traditional Bahian lunch (included).

Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Island Transfer Service

3. Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Island Transfer Service

Make the most of your trip to Morro de São Paulo Island and avoid the stress of planning your travel to or from Salvador. With your pre-booked transfer service, enjoy pickup from your Salvador hotel or the airport, then sit back and relax as your driver does all the work. After pickup from Salvador before 1:15PM, enjoy a ride in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle to the maritime terminal. From here, board a shared boat that takes you over to Itaparica Island. Once there, relax during the 2-hour car drive to Valença city followed by a 15-minute shared speedboat ride to Morro de São Paulo Island. The return journey takes the same route back.

Salvador: Praia Do Forte and Guarajuba Beach Day Trip

4. Salvador: Praia Do Forte and Guarajuba Beach Day Trip

Embark on an unforgettable journey from your hotel in Salvador to the mesmerizing North Coast of Bahia, home to some of Brazil's most enchanting and breathtaking beaches. Brace yourself for an adventure where calm, crystal-clear waters await you at Guarajuba Beach and Praia do Forte, boasting unparalleled biodiversity and natural beauty. Our route follows the renowned Camino del Coco, adorned by stunning coconut palm trees along its entirety. As we traverse the iconic Avenida Oceánica, we'll visit the captivating beaches leading up to Itapuã and the Abaeté Lagoon, treating you to a panoramic view of this magnificent natural wonder. Next, we'll explore Praia do Forte, known as the "Brazilian Polynesia," strolling through its famous fishing village. Don't miss the chance to visit the TAMAR Project (admission not included), a national initiative for the preservation of sea turtles and one of Brazil's most successful ecological programs. Our journey continues to the well-developed coastal complex of Guarajuba Beach, where pristine beaches and serene waters await. Here, take a moment to relax and indulge in the delicious flavors of traditional Bahian cuisine (lunch not included). As the day draws to a close, we'll return to Salvador, bidding farewell to an unforgettable adventure. Cherish the memories as you make your way back to your hotel, knowing you've experienced the best of Bahia's North Coast.

Salvador: Dos Frades & Itaparica Islands Full-Day Boat Tour

5. Salvador: Dos Frades & Itaparica Islands Full-Day Boat Tour

Discover the largest bay in Brazil at Baía de Todos os Santos, known by the indigenous Kirimurê as Tupinambás. Following pickup from your hotel, see the sights of the bay as you cruise across the water aboard a typical schooner. Take in the magnificent views of Salvador and listen to samba music as you sip refreshing drinks, such as local caipirinhas, purchased on board.  Disembark at one of the 56 islands in the bay, such as pretty Ilha dos Frades, where the beaches, mountains, and native trees will take your breath away. Sample local snacks and drinks,(not included any food and drink) and then head for the island of Itaparica to admire the historic architecture and learn about the religious groups of African origin. (city tour on the itaparica island its optional, not included) Break for lunch (not included) at a restaurant that specializes in the local cuisine, and spend the afternoon enjoying the beauty of the area before returning to Salvador.

Transfer: Salvador to/from Boipeba Island

6. Transfer: Salvador to/from Boipeba Island

Book this transfer to get from your Salvador hotel or Salvador Airport to the Island of Boipeba, or vice versa, with ease. Enjoy your vacation without worrying about booking multiple tickets to get around; join this safe and comfortable transfer instead.   If you’re going from Salvador to the Island, you’ll be picked up either at your hotel or at the airport for flights arriving before 12:00 PM (noon). You’ll be driven in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to the maritime terminal, where you’ll board a shared boat that will take you to Itaparica Island. Once there, you’ll take a 2-hour transfer by car to Valença city. There, you’ll board a shared speedboat for the 50-minute ride Boipeba Island.   If you’d like to return to Salvador from Boipeba Island, you’ll take the same route back. If you choose to go to the Salvador Airport, your flight must be leaving after 3:00 PM to allow for enough time for easy boarding.

Salvador by Night: Cultural Dinner and Show

7. Salvador by Night: Cultural Dinner and Show

This tour itinerary is tailored so you can contemplate the historic places and night-time ambiance of Salvador. What's more, meet the Bahian people and become acquainted with their heritage. This tour includes dinner in a traditional restaurant that offers typical cuisine - a mixture of remarkable and unforgettable delicacies and flavors. The celebrations and festivities in the streets are unique spectacles, but during this evening experience you will also attend a spectacular show of Bahian culture, which will allow you to gain a better understanding of what Bahia is all about! The music and the sound of drums, will enable you to feel the magic of the sacred dances of the African gods. Witness the legacy of a resistance struggle through Capoeira and Maculele, ancestral dances that symbolize the freedom of black people in Brazil, and the beautiful Roda de Samba, a trademark of Brazilian musicality.

Salvador de Bahia African Culture Tour

8. Salvador de Bahia African Culture Tour

We'll meet at 2 pm in front of the Cathedral Basilica of San Salvador and begin a walking tour to learn about the influence and legacy of African culture in Salvador de Bahia. First, we'll go to Terreiro de Jesus, where we'll learn the history of the colonization of this area of Brazil through the actions of the Jesuit Missions and the Portuguese colonization. We'll also learn about some African celebrities who have worked in Salvador de Bahia throughout history. We'll continue walking through the center to the Cross of Sao Francisco. Here we'll tell you about the birth in the 19th century of a men's organisation whose aim was to help the black community of Salvador in the struggle for their liberation. We'll also learn about other key part of African culture such as the samba and capoeira dances. The rhythms are sure to get you wanting to move your feet! Finally, we'll visit the Escola do Olodum, a cultural and educational center of African descent where we'll review the importance of Carnival in the city. After three hours of sightseeing, we'll end the guided tour at the Cross of San Francisco.

Salavador, Brazil: Private Airport Transfer From/To Hotel

9. Salavador, Brazil: Private Airport Transfer From/To Hotel

Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Salvador with this private transfer service from the airport in a 2019 vehicle. Relax on the journey to your hotel or private residence in the city of Salvador. Start your trip off with this safe and efficient transfer service.   Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign that will have your name on it. Vehicle transfers are available daily from the Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport in Salvador da Bahia to all hotels in the city of Salvador. Should Contact by WhatsApp for further information

Salvador: 4-Hour Candomblé Mysteries Tour

10. Salvador: 4-Hour Candomblé Mysteries Tour

Salvador is a city that holds that largest black population outside the African continent and hence, it is known as the Black Rome. It has preserved as part of its historical legacy an intense African-Amerindian religiosity.  The city safeguards charms and mysteries, hidden in magnificent places that you will have the opportunity to visit through this itinerary, carefully prepared in order to demystify erroneous notions and impressions disseminated over several centuries about religions of African origin in the world. The route begins in the Afro-Brazilian Museum which, through its collection, narrates the history of enslaved Africans and the transatlantic trade, and the ebb and flow of enslaved peoples and their identities. The artifacts come from several regions of the African continent, allowing you to understand the countless intellectual, artistic, cultural and religious manifestations of these peoples in Brazil. You will visit the Pierre Verger Gallery, the French anthropologist responsible for developing literary and photographic records of the history of slavery, and extensive audio visual documentation. You will get to know a maroon community, places that served as a haven for black people and their African gods during the colonial and post-abolition periods in Brazil. Soon after, you will get to know a Candomblé terreiro from the ewe-fon a nation of daomeniana origin and have the opportunity to consult the sacred oracle (optional activity - extra cost). As you walk through the streets, you will see the urban and cultural development of a slum originated from a maroon community, in the company of guide from the community, who is initiated in these traditions and knowledgeable of these historical processes.

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It was a smooth transfer. I was the only English speaker on the guide, so he took care of me and stood next to me to explain things to me. Since it was raining, I didn't enjoy the beach 100%, but the restaurants and cafes at Monde São Paulo were wonderful and I was able to relax and forget about the time. The entrance tax was 10 reais when I applied for the tour, but it was actually 50 reais. I don't carry much cash with me, so if there's a price change like that, I'd like the tour guide to change as well.

Luciano was a great guide, the transport was very good and on time, for Brazilian prices maybe I think it's a bit too much, as it just included the Transport, no Diving or snorkeling, no big tour with the guide. As soon as we arrived it was free program, which I loved! but I thought there are more activities included.

Our guide Vagner had an incredible amount of knowledge about history and culture. It was incredibly exciting and varied.

The guide Nilsen was very informed and able to present the intersection of Afro and Brazilian beliefs and the history.

Amazing guide. Showed us so much and explained everything in Detail. We can recommend 100%.