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Lower city tour

The Lower City tour offers another perspective of the sprawling city, taking us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city

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Complementing our Essential Salvador excursion, the Lower City tour offers another perspective of the sprawling city, passing the Tororo Lagoon with the imposing statues of the candomblé orixas in mid-lake, and the towering Arena Fonte Nova football stadium built for the World Cup. From here we drive us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dug out canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply syncretised with the Candomblé. We stop en route at the iconic Sorveteria da Ribeira ice cream parlor offering a myriad of tropical fruit sorbets since 1931. We continue to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the bay and city beyond and on to the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local artifacts and souvenirs.

what to see

  • Tororo Lagoon

  • Sorveteria da Ribeira ice cream parlor

  • Visit to Bonfim Church

  • Views from Montserrat

  • Mercado Modelo market

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Essential Salvador

Discover the essential sights of Salvador on a half day tour tracing the development of the city from its simple beginnings to what is now the third largest city in Brazil. The tour focusses on historical and geographical aspects of the city and serves as a fine orientation for those wishing to further explore the city

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Bahia by Night

An evening immersed in the permeating African heritage with an exhilarating performance by the Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia), one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world

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Schooner Bay Cruise

Amerigo Vespucci boldly went where no European had gone before when he landed at the entrance to the bay on Nov 01, 1501, All Saints’ Day, hence the name All Saints’ Bay. Aboard a motorized wooden schooner we take to the waters of the bay for a full day cruise of the largest tropical bay in the world