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Things to do in Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil

Our most recommended things to do in Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil

Salvador: City Highlights Private Tour

1. Salvador: City Highlights Private Tour

Choose from 5 different itineraries to best fit your time in Salvador and your preferences. Explore the city's highlights on a private tour with an expert guide and learn about the historical background of the city. • 4-Hour Cidade Baixa - Salvador Outskirts Tour Visit the lower city of Salvador and get to know the coastal area of Baía de Todos os Santos. Go to Dique do Tororó and enjoy a panoramic view of the Arena Fonte Nova football stadium. Next, see the beaches of Ribeira and the Itapagipe Peninsula and visit a tile-painting workshop. Taste a tropical ice cream at the traditional Sorveteria da Ribeira and head to the famous Senhor do Bonfim Church. Get a beautiful view of Montserrat Fortress and end your tour visiting Mercado Modelo, a major landmark of colonial Brazil where you can find a wide variety of vendors selling art and handicrafts. • 4-Hour Old Salvador with Pelourinho Tour Learn about the rich history of Salvador by starting your tour at Santo Antonio da Barra Fortress and Lighthouse. Then, visit the monument to Brazilian Independence, and walk the UNESCO-inscribed Historic Center of San Salvador de Bahia, also known as "Pelourinho.” Visit the Jesuit Basilica Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assis, two of the most extraordinary religious buildings in Brazil. • 6-Hour Salvador Essentials Tour with Local Snack Make the most of your time and see the main sights in the city in this combo tour of the Cidade Baixa – Salvador Outskirts and Old Salvador with Pelourinho tours. Have a quick stop to try a crepioca (included) and taste a unique flavor of Bahian gastronomy. • 7-Hour Old Salvador with Pelourinho Tour & Salvador Beaches Live Salvador at its best and combine history with beach relaxation. This tour combines the Old Salvador with Pelourinho tour with some time to enjoy Praia do Flamengo and Stella Maris, two of the best beaches in Salvador. Lunch is not included. • 8-Hour Salvador Essentials Tour with Regional Lunch  Take the complete tour of Salvador combining the Cidade Baixa – Salvador Outskirts and Old Salvador with Pelourinho tours at a more relaxed pace with a stop for a traditional Bahian lunch (included).

Salvador: African Heritage & Acarajé Tasting 4-Hour Tour

2. Salvador: African Heritage & Acarajé Tasting 4-Hour Tour

Salvador, the first capital of Brazil, has maintained the evidence of its African heritage, introduced by the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to Brazil. During the Portuguese colonization, the Bay of All Saints was of fundamental importance as the main export site in the Southern Hemisphere, from which products such as Brazilian sugar and Bolivian silver were shipped to Europe. On this 4-hour tour you’ll learn about the transatlantic slave trade and its legacy by visiting key historical sites in the city of Salvador. The tour begins at the Fort and Barra Lighthouse at the port of arrival for enslaved Africans. Continue to the Tororó dike and see the monument dedicated to the legacy of African religious heritage and the worship of Orixas. The next sites you’ll visit are located in the Cidade Baixa (lower city), where you’ll take in important historic locations marking the presence of Africans in Bahia and Brazil. In the historic downtown area, you’ll visit the Afro Museum of Benin, where the collection highlights the African perspective in the formation of Brazilian identify and culture. You’ll also stop at the Church of the Rosary of the Blacks, the first Black Christian religious brotherhood in the New World. The tour concludes with a visit to the Casa do Benin Museum, one of the main African cultural centers in the state of Bahia.

Salvador: Full-Day Anthropological City Tour with Lunch

3. Salvador: Full-Day Anthropological City Tour with Lunch

The city of Salvador safeguards in its daily life, African traditions that have been preserved in maroon community havens through centuries. In this itinerary, you'll have the opportunity to experience this magic energy present in this legacy of freedom struggles, and struggles to preserve the religious traditions of people in Bahia. You will begin the tour in the historic region Salvador, considered by Unesco a World Heritage Site, the renowned Pelourinho. This visit includes the Afro Brazilian Museum, which assembles a rich collection of the history of black people. You then proceed to the railway suburbs, and observe the urban landscape changes that have occurred in of territories of enslaved descendant communities. You will visit the largest open market in the city, also listed as an intangible heritage of Brazil, the São Joaquim Market, founded by enslaved Africans in the XIX century. Next you visit the old port of arrival of Africans and a slave market, followed by a visit to the first candomble terreiro of yoruba origin founded in the new world, the matriarchy grounded terreiro ile iya axe nasso oka. To finish the tour, you visit the queen of the sea house, located by the beach Rio vermelho, at a fishermen community that built an altar in reverence to that African divinity from the sea, the orixá iemanjá. Every year, on February 2nd, the greatest ceremony offered in honor of an African Orixa, which gathers up over 400.000 people. You may also enjoy the opportunity of having lunch in a black community, in the company of a family with over 50 years of tradition, which will serve the famous feijoada (homemade bean stew) in the Garcia neighborhood.

Salvador by Night: Pelourinho & Old Town Tour

4. Salvador by Night: Pelourinho & Old Town Tour

Discover the Baroque architecture of Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings date to the 18th century, and are an expression of the grandeur of European colonization. On this 4-hour tour you’ll experience an event known as Tuesday's blessings, meant to ensure the preservation of the musical identity of Bahia, the cradle of Brazilian musicality. After a Catholic Mass is celebrated with elements of African religions in the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Blacks, the streets of Pelourinho come alive with music and dance. Try a variety of dishes and delicacies of African-European heritage in bars, restaurants and street tents. Experience world-famous Bahian hospitality.

Salvador: Round-Trip Airport Transfer (SSA) and City Tour

5. Salvador: Round-Trip Airport Transfer (SSA) and City Tour

Conveniently book a round-trip airport transfer in Salvador and a guided city tour in one. Get picked up at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA), dropped off at your hotel in Salvador, and driven back to the airport at the end of your stay. On the day of travel, you’ll be met at the airport and taken in a shared shuttle directly to your hotel. Relax knowing that your transportation and a day of exploring are already taken care of. Once in the city, enjoy a guided tour of Salvador, home to beautiful Baroque-style architecture. Get picked up from your hotel, then head first to Santo Antonio da Barra Fort, built in 1536 to protect the Bay of All Saints. Then, visit São Diogo Fort, where you’ll have incredible views of All Saints’ Bay. Pass the Corridor of Vitoria, Largo do Campo Grande, and Avendia Sete de Setembro (September Seven Avenue). Among other city highlights, you’ll stop at Municipal Square, Sé Square, the Archbishop’s Palace, and some beautiful Baroque-style churches and convents. On the day of your departure, get taken back to the airport for your flight.

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What people are saying about Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 109 reviews

Vagner was the most informed, cerebral, and culturally connected historical guides that I have experienced in quite some time. There are literally no words to describe his prolific knowledge and value. BOOK THIS TOUR! You will not be disappointed. From Barra to the Dique del Torro, to Saő Joaquin market, to the Historic Center- Vagner left no stones unturned. Our driver Fabio, who is also affiliated with this company showcased alertness, prompt timing, and percision based driving skills within this very busy metropolis. I hope to dig further into this gem of a city...but the only way I'll expand will be with Vagner. Thank you Again. 5 Stars!

Great tour, The guide we had Marcos was very knowledgeable and gave us just the right amount of time to see the places we visited at each stop. We did the 6-hour tour and it was definitely enough time to see the key landmarks if you are just there for a weekend getaway! I would book again!

Hi Fabio, thanks again for the amazing tour through Salvador. We really enjoyed the day. It was the perfect match between historical information and cultural experience. The time frame was perfect for us and thanks for taking care of our individual wishes. kind regards

A perfect sightseeing tour through Salvador with all the highlights. We had a great German-speaking guide who had incredible knowledge. Was super interesting! We would book again immediately if you only have two days in Salvador.

The guide was great. A lot of knowledge. 4 hours is good for a glimpse at the beautiful Citi of Salvador. I say it's a must for everyone.