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Salvador de Bahia Travel Guide - Plan your vacation in Salvador de Bahia

Six reasons why you should travel to Salvador de Bahia

Salvador de Bahia is South America’s Afro-Brazilian sweetheart. With its colonial architecture, rich cultural heritage, lively festivals and delicious food, it’s a destination sure to work its way into every traveler’s heart. This Salvador de Bahia Travel Guide outlines the six reasons to visit this thriving metropolis. Salvador runs deep with culture and tradition. The destination is a melting pot of Native-Indian, African and European influences that is reflected in its language, food, religion and architecture. The city has a long and fascinating history, The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where visitors will be enthralled by the Portuguese colonial architecture and historical monuments. Salvador is world-renowned for its fantastic cuisine, with spice and seafood as the main attractions. Flavors are often based on African ingredients and techniques, with authentic markets serving up a variety of local delicacies. The coastline is one of the longest in Brazil, with 50 miles of beaches of calm sandy inlets, open oceans and rock pools.Salvador is a haven for lovers of music and festivities, home to the biggest party in the world, the Bahian Carnival, which attracts almost 4 million people over an entire week. It is home to some of the finest craft markets in the Bahia region, and visitors can find trinkets made from straw, leather, clay and wood, as well as more elaborate pieces which feature precious and semi-precious gems. - Where is Salvador de Bahia?Salvador de Bahia is the capital of the northeastern state of Bahia in Brazil. The city is situated on a peninsula alongside the Baía de Todos os Santos ("All Saints Bay"), in the Atlantic Ocean. It is Brazil’s third-largest city.- What is the best season for a vacation in Salvador de Bahia?Salvador has a tropical rainforest climate, with light rainfall over the course of the year but ideal warm temperatures. Salvador's driest month of the year is September, and the wettest months are between April and June. While September can be slightly busier, it is a great time to visit as there are more sunny days to enjoy.

Practical Information

With its glittering beaches and astonishing colonial sites, Salvador de Bahia in Brazil’s northeastern state offers 560-miles of majestic coastline and a heady mix of Afro-Brazilian culture making it a unique bucket list experience for most travelers.Before jet-setting to this tropical paradise, it's important to double-check VISA requirements, understand health regulations and gain some general travel information to ensure an enjoyable stay. Here’s some important information to know before traveling to Salvador de Bahia.
  • What Documentation do I Need to Travel to Brazil?
    All foreigners entering Brazil need a valid passport for at least six months after the date of their arrival. Some nationalities require a tourist visa, which is valid for 90 days and can be granted special extension in the event of legal or medical emergencies. A multitude of countries are exempt from a tourism and business visas including Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay - members of the MERCOSUR community - whose citizens can enter with a valid ID or passport for up to 90 days. For detailed information, it’s best to consult the Brazilian consulate or embassy in your country. Upon arrival, all tourists are required to fill out a cartão de entrada/saida (entry/exit card). When leaving Brazil, this must be given back to immigration officials. Losing a card can cause delays returning home.
  • Do I Need Travel Insurance if Traveling to Brazil?
    Travel health insurance is recommended, even though anyone legally in the country has the right to obtain free emergency medical care. Brazil’s public hospitals tend to be busy and overcrowded, especially in larger cities. Private healthcare standards are high, but treatment is expensive and won’t be provided unless evidence of sufficient funds or travel health insurance documents are provided.
  • Is it Dangerous for my Health to Visit Brazil?
    Travellers to Brazil need vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, rabies, measles, mumps, and influenza. The Brazilian government has strict health regulations
  • How do You Pay in Brazil?
    Brazil’s official currency is the Real (R$). It's favorable to arrive with some local money, but Brazilian airports also have exchange desks and ATMS to attain Reals. Foreign currency can be exchanged in Salvador de Bahia in shops with “cambio” signs, where the exchange rates for cash is usually better than when using an ATM or credit card. Urban areas are filled with ATMs, reducing the need for traveler's cheques, which not all establishments accept. "
  • What are the Timezones in Brazil?
    Brazil has four standard time zones but Salvador de Bahia follows the UTC/CMT -3 time. Its other time zones are: UTC/GMT - 5, UTC/GMT - 4 and UTC/GMT -2.