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  • Salvador: 3-Hour Capoeira Class

    1. Salvador: 3-Hour Capoeira Class

    Salvador is notorious for preserving and disseminating the art, music, dance, songs and traditions of African origin. These and other cultural manifestations were brought as a result of the enslavement process, and transformed in the African Diaspora through the contact and interactions among different peoples and cultures, heritages that embellish and enrich Bahia. Among them, this class highlights capoeira, a dance and a fight of African origin, a tradition grounded on the strength of the ancestors, an artistic manifestation of life and philosophy, a remarkable characteristic of Afro-Bahia identity. This itinerary was designed in such a way that you may experience this tradition in the renowned International School of Capoeira in Bahia. Participate in a workshop, then take a regular class with other regular capoeira school students. That way, you'll experience the motivation that enco...

  • From Salvador: Morro de São Paulo Paradise Island Daytrip

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

    Depart Salvador and journey by ferry to Itaparica Island. Then take a short 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. Alternatively, you can...

    Very beautiful place but too far It’s very tiring to do in one day We only stayed 3.5 hours on the island and most of the time travelling You should sleep there at least one night

  • Salvador: Half-Day Candomblé Ceremony Experience

    3. Salvador: Half-Day Candomblé Ceremony Experience

    The history of the City of São Salvador of Bahia has as one of its main features the cultural wealth inherited from African peoples. Through centuries of struggle of our ancestors to assert their faith in African gods, a new religious structure known as Candomblé emerged; an African-Brazilian religion of worship to the Orixas, a living manifestation of the resilience and the spiritual strength of Africans and their descendants in Brazil. Orixas, Inquices and Voduns...African gods who crossed the seas and sustained their devotees' spirits in overcoming obstacles amidst the torments inflicted by slavery. You'll respectfully immerse yourself in this universe of faith, in order to experience such manifestation of ancestral religiosity, In the night when women and men summon the gods to earth, through their rituals, rhythms, songs, colors, food, and their reverence. The Orixas accept the inv...

  • Salvador: Baiana Cooking Class with Market Visit & Lunch

    4. Salvador: Baiana Cooking Class with Market Visit & Lunch

    Experience the exotic flavors and aromas of Salvador (São Salvador da Bahia), and learn about the African, Portuguese and indigenous legacies of its cuisine. Meet a family from the community and learn how to prepare and cook some Afro-Brazilian food. Follow an itinerary carefully crafted to provide the best flavors for your palate at a cooking class run in accordance with traditions and religious customs. Chat with the family as you prepare your own lunch!  Start with a visit to a seafood market, and learn about the best fish to use for different types of recipe. Prepare to cook a fish stew known as "moqueca" (a typical Afro-Brazilian local dish). Pick up some vegetables at another food market, along with some tropical fruit that you will use to make a caipirinha (Brazil's national cocktail). Next, prepare the delicacies in a popular neighborhood, guided by your host...

    Marcos was a great guide, really chatty with loads of local knowledge. The food and drinks were delicious, and I would definitely recommend this experience.

  • Salvador: Half-Day Saramandaia Favela Tour

    5. Salvador: Half-Day Saramandaia Favela Tour

    Living in a multicultural city, but historically marked by sharp socioeconomic inequalities, leads to development of strategies to combat social stratification and exclusion. Saramandaia is a low-income, majority black community located within noble neighborhoods in Salvador. Like many other similar communities, it is characterized by abject poverty and insufficient assistance by governmental bodies, and consequently resulting in high rates of violence. In this context, 3 residents have elaborated strategies that seek to reclaim the historical identity of its residents. Despite facing multiple barriers, in 2003 they founded the conscious art project, an initiative that has been transforming the community's reality, by providing assistance to young men and women, aiming at transforming their unfavorable conditions of socioeconomic exclusion. On this tour, you'll visit this important so...

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What people are saying about State of Bahia

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 13 reviews

The -only- negative was that we specifically booked the trip with an english tour, and not having that made for a very confusing morning. The destination, however, was incredible. Morro de Sao Paulo was a major highlight of our trip. The guide was super friendly, the coach bus was comfortable, but a bit cold since we only packed for heat, and we couldnt understand any of his explanation of what to expect. Overall worth the confusion though. Giving the guide a five star rating because he really did care about giving everyone the best experience, even if we couldn't understand him haha. Very charismatic.

Very beautiful place but too far It’s very tiring to do in one day We only stayed 3.5 hours on the island and most of the time travelling You should sleep there at least one night

Marcos was a great guide, really chatty with loads of local knowledge. The food and drinks were delicious, and I would definitely recommend this experience.