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Address: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
Phone Number:
71-33210070
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Sometimes called the "city within a city," this old part of...

Sometimes called the "city within a city," this old part of Salvador is worth visiting for its cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings, churches, restaurants, shops and nightlife.

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USD 62.50*
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City Tour of Salvador
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Pelourinho Tour by Night
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USD 93.33*
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Salvador da Bahia African Heritage city Tour Including Afro-Brazilian Museum

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A must when in Salvador

We spent an entire day in this area and loved it. My one regret, on a personal level is not purchasing a painting that would have looked great on my living room wall. (unsure... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Perth, Australia
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old city center with colorful buildings. Nice piazzas to relax and have a caipirinha. The place were thw storyof Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands takes place.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We explored the whole area of the upper city: cultural centers, hand-made craft markets, parks, and the lighthouse. We then went to several cathedrals including Igreja San Francisco, all of which took about 2-1/2 hours. We then took the Elevador Lacerda to the lower city and hit both the markets for tourists (pretty lame) and the huge market area for... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an entire day in this area and loved it. My one regret, on a personal level is not purchasing a painting that would have looked great on my living room wall. (unsure about using credit card at time and painting was hardly cheap) It was carnival time at the time and although the main event was later that... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a wonderful time walking around this area with some friends that included a couple Brazilian citizens. The history and explanations they were able to share about what we were seeing was very helpful. The colors of the buildings are amazing! We did have a very difficult time finding restrooms, though -- just a word to the wise!

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Thank trochilids
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit with many historical buildings. Childrens Carnival was brilliant. Also many interesting souvenir shops selling items of local african culture.

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Florianopolis, SC
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have to choose just one place do visit in Salvador, it's here. To be here, is to understand the city, it's roots and it's people. Full of nice shops, restaurants and museums, it's a must go. A full afternoon is recommended. Very safe, day and night.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pelourinho has an appearance similar to other colonial cities, but I was unprepared for the level of poverty and feelings of being unsafe. People in general were friendly and helpful, but there is an obvious drug problem with crack addicts approaching us when we attempted to eat outside at a cafe, and multiple times being offered to buy drugs or... More 

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Salvador, BA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Salvador was the first capital of Brazil and one of the oldest cities in the Americas! Pelourinho is full of history and cultural spots and events! It is a must do!

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Thank Gabriel S
Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once in Salvador, one should see Pelourinho as it tells a bit of the history of the city that was the first capital of Brazil.

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Thank Travelling C
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Pelourinho is almost like a city within a city. Most of the streets are too small for cars to drive down, so you walk freely down the streets which are strewn with little shops selling tourist stuff: t-shirts, clothing, art, bags, music, fridge-magnets, etc. The shop owners don't necessarily harass you or try desperately to sell to you here:... More 

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