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Salvador Travel Guide

Overview

Located on a triangular peninsular facing the bay of all saints on one side and the Atlantic on the other, Salvador is one of the oldest cities in Latin America originally founded by the Portuguese colonists in 1549. It is the capital of the state of Bahia and has a palpable African influence due to the slaves brought over to work on the sugar plantations. This influences all aspects of Bahian culture and it is where capoeira, the mix of dance and martial art, originated. The multi-coloured colonial buildings of the Pelourinho are amongst the most impressive on the continent and beyond the city there are miles of perfect beaches to explore.

A colourful and vibrant city with a great energy, Salvador is the beating heart of Afro Brazilian culture

Best months to visit Salvador

Salvador can be visited at any time of year. December until March is the high season when there are many festivals, events and the carnival. The wettest time of year is from April until June. July and August are drier and also busy with North American and European tourists. Temperatures fluctuate little throughout the year remaining hot.

Our hand-picked hotels in Salvador

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Here are a few of our top picks in Salvador.

Best reasons to visit Salvador

With a unique culture and interesting history, Salvador is a fascinating city to explore. Here are our highlights and best reasons to visit.

Learn to do capoeira which originated in Bahia

Visit beautiful beaches and enjoy great city views on a Schooner cruise

Go to the Jorge Amado Museum which was his former house

Explore Salvador’s many markets on a food tour

Take a walking tour of the Pelourinho the colourful colonial centre

Weather Averages for Salvador

Other destinations in Brazil

From deserted beaches to the natural wonder of Iguazu Falls, continue to explore Brazil through our essential destination guides. Click the links below to continue browsing.

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