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Salvador, Brazil

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Our most recommended Salvador, Brazil Museums & Exhibitions

Salvador: African Heritage & Acarajé Tasting 4-Hour Tour

1. 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: 4-Hour Museums Guided Tour

2. Salvador: 4-Hour Museums Guided Tour

Salvador, the first capital of the country which safeguards its history, not only in the streets, alleys, or on its citizens' faces and attires; this rich history is also preserved in various museums that narrate the trajectory of several peoples and their ancestral traditions, and how those overlapped and intertwined over the centuries. In this tour, you will visit the indigenous and Afro-Brazilian museums, aiming to acquire a better understanding of the legacy of several peoples in the formation of the Brazilian social fabric, as well as comprehend the process of European colonization and expansion. You will see works of art that are reminiscent of the enslavement of indigenous and African peoples, and historical records that represent the resilience their resilience, as well as their cultural and religious traditions. The tour will precede to the museum of sacred art in 19th century convent of Carmelite order, where you will appreciate Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical artwork. This museum collects works of sacred art that reflect the power of the Catholic faith in the new world. The 3rd collection in this itinerary is the Carlos Costa Pinto Museum, named after the private collector of works of art dating from the 16th century to the 19th century. The collection ranges from pieces of gold and silver, paintings, furniture in rosewood, among others. This special historical circuit has been developed to contemplate those customers who desire to appreciate the artwork produced in different historical cycles of colonial Brazil. You will have the privilege of embark upon an experience across time and space.

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What people are saying about Salvador, Brazil

This tour was fantastic! Our guide was so knowledgeable and had so much insight to share, including his own personal stories and experiences. We got to see several parts of the city and learn about the history in ways we never could have by just reading about it. The rain and the museum being closed threw a few kinks in the plan, but those were obviously beyond his control and he was able to adjust and take us to a market instead which was super interesting. Highly recommend!

Wilson was great. He explained the stops in detail, answered any questions we had and even gave us tips for the rest of our time in Salvador. Such a great experience to really delve into the culture of the city

Marcos, our guide, has a real passion for the city of Salvador and it’s history, and for explaining the African roots of Bahia. His English is flawless. Really enjoyable tour, I highly recommend it!

great tour and great insights on the afro culture because of the carnival the museum was closed but the tour operator gave us a guide for another tour day to visit the museum

Excellent company, very cordial.

The best thing was the walk through Pelourinho and its colonial streets. Jorge was a great company and very helpful