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Salvador da Bahia
Travel Planning
Salvador da Bahia

Salvador da Bahia at a Glance

Salvador da Bahia was the historic Portuguese capital of Brazil and a contemporary center for Afro-Brazilian culture. The city is famous for its music, its dance and its Carnival celebration which may be the biggest street party in the world. 

Salvador's pastel cityscape is alive with music and rhythms. Portuguese colonial squares fill with drummers, dancers and singers at all times of day and night. African foods, seafood and spicy Caribbean treats overflow on plates and fill bellies. Mystic Afro-Brazilian religious followers connect with the gods of their African ancestors.

At the same time, the city is a colonial gem. Buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries are carefully painted and preserved. Cobblestone streets echo with the clatter of footsteps from tourists and locals alike. Museums, art and seafaring artifacts bring this period of history alive.

To top it off, the beaches around Salvador help make the city home to one of the world's happiest populations. Sand, sun and cool breezes are only a short distance away.

What to Expect
High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists need to acquire a tourist visa from the Brazilian Consulate before entering the country. A valid passport and additional fees will be required. Upon entrance, tourists must fill out and keep an immigration form. Protect this form as you would your passport because you need it to leave the country as well. Residents of all nationalities can learn more by contacting a Brazilian consular office. American citizens can do additional research on the U.S State Department website. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Salvador da Bahia lies in the equatorial zone and is quite warm.

      Safety Concerns Muggings, purse snatching and robberies occur in Salvador da Bahia. Only carry what money you need for your trip out each day and keep your wallet completely out of sight. Phones, cameras and I-pods are hot items so consider leaving those at home or keeping them discretely on your person. Leave valuables such as your passport in the hotel safe. 

      Health Concerns Vaccinations are required to enter Brazil. Check with your doctor as early as you can about vaccination schedules and the international certificate of vaccination that you will need to enter the country. Visitors must purify their water using a purifier or boiling it for 1-3 minute to kill bacteria and parasites.