I'm want to visit Salvador in Sept 2011, but in two minds about it. Researching online is giving me mixed signals about everything from location, language and people issues as well as the weather.
Is Sept still a rainy month that it will prevent me from enjoying the beach, sightseeing, etc?
Is not speaking Portuguese such a big barrier for getting around and enjoying myself? Do one really need a local tour guide?
I prefer not to stay in the middle of the tourist trap areas but obviously as I'm not a local either, I don't want to stay in the neighbourhoods I don't know how to navigate in, any other reasonably priced places to consider?
OK, not being politically correct here, we know non-blacks (i.e. white) travellers tend to conjugate together and generally get better treatment when they travel. Thus, it would also be great to hear from other black travellers (darker complexion in particular) on how they found treatments from the local businesses (i.e. hotels, restaurants, etc) which to my understanding are run by mostly white Brazilians and white foreigners?