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 Salvador at a Glance

Located on the northeast coast of Brazil, this region is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. On the land side, it covers an area of more than 560,000 km² and includes, on its territory, some of the most beautiful cities in the country, such as Salvador. 

Salvador’s region is also famous for the beauty of its nature, with for instance the Chapada Diamantina National Park. Apart from the beauty of its landscapes, it is also a major historical, cultural and gastronomic landmark in Brazil.

History and Culture

It is in Bahia that the Portuguese settlers once set foot and moreover, the Nordeste region was the first to be colonized. Tomé de Sousa founded the city of Salvador, which became the first capital of Brazil in 1549 and is still the capital of the State of Bahia today. 

During the colonial era, Bahia was a prosperous territory and a hub of black African slavery. Indeed, due to a lack of labour in the fields, the Amerindians having refused to work for the settlers, they had to import labour from Africa. This explains why African culture is more pronounced there, even nowadays.

Bahia is one of the most important cultural centres in Brazil. Throughout the year, it is possible to attend various religious and folk festivities. Among the major cultural events coming from this State, we can mention:

The Carnival: although Rio carnival is the most famous in the world, Salvador de Bahia carnival was elected “the biggest street festival in the world” and for good reason: instead of a competition between the different samba schools, everyone participates directly in the event. 

Capoeira: a martial art combining dance and fighting techniques, capoeira was born in Bahia, Brazil. Coming from the tradition of African slaves, it has become an Afro-Brazilian martial art that is now emblematic of the whole of Brazil.

 Where to Stay in Salvador

Budget – Albergue Chapada Hostel – Lovely and friendly hostel located in the centre of Lençois. You will be able to enjoy a delicious breakfast! 

Mid-range – Villa Justen Pousada – Spacious and comfortable chalets located in the heart of the nature. Enjoy a relaxing time in the beautiful garden.  

Splurge – Hotel de Lençois – Beautiful quality hotel in a luxurious nature that features a great swimming pool and hammocks to take a rest in. 

 When is the Best Time to Visit Salvador

The driest season (around 30°C, 86°F) in Salvador is from December to March (but it is also high season). Temperatures are colder during the low season but remain pleasant (20°C, 68°F). . 

 What to Do in Salvador

Visit La Chapada Diamantina: there live in harmony high mountains, rivers, vast plateaus, waterfalls, caves, fast rivers, crystal clear water wells,… This vast space, at first sight arid with its high rocks, actually shelters many water sources making its environment favourable to many plant and animal species. Many spots have made this area famous, such as the Chapada Diamantina National Park, the Poço Encantando, its canyons, its belvederes, its rich fauna including hummingbirds, capybaras, parrots, jaguars, etc.

Vale Do Capao: located at the entrance of the Chapada Diamantina Park, this area is ideal for ecotourism as its environment is a paradise for hummingbirds and orchids. After discovering its green heritage, the city invites you to participate in the Saturday evening forro or to rediscover the Bahianese flavours at the tables of its many restaurants. It should be noted that the French presence is a little more pronounced in this region of Brazil.

In addition to these places, you will also find in Bahia other national parks such as the Abrolhos marine national marc classified as a Ramsar site, Boa Nova national park, Alto Cariri national park, Monte Pascoal national park, etc.

The Keteka Difference

Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.

 How to Get to Salvador

Land – You can reach Salvador de Bahia by bus, but remember that Brazil is a really big country, so for instance a journey from Sao Paulo will take around 15 hours and cost around $75. 

To visit to Chapada Diamantina National Park, you’re likely to go to Lençois. There are plenty of buses from/to Salvador de Bahia. A ride costs from 23 USD (88 BRL) and takes around 6 hours. 

Air – You can start your trip in Salvador de Bahia, where you can land. Its airport offers both domestic and international flights, with flights from Portugal and Spain. A flight from/to Sao Paulo takes around 2:15 hrs.