- 4 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Enjoy the iconic district of Pelourinho , listed By UNESCO like a human being heritage site. Walk through the history and be stunned by the African Bahian atmosphere and its ambiance of life and culture. Salvador boasts the largest community of Africans in Brazil hold, so don't miss this unique glimpse into African heritage and history.
- All entrance fees included
- Step back in time on a history tour
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Local guide
- Entry/Admission - National AfroBrazilian Museum
- Food and drinks
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Salvador, the first capital of Brazil, keeps as a heritage remarkable presence of African identities, brought through the transatlantic slave trade from the coast of Africa to Brazil. During the Portuguese colonization, the Bay of All Saints was of fundamental importance as the main exportation port in the Southern Hemisphere, from which products such as Brazilian sugar and Bolivian silver were sent to European metropolises . Moreover, it was a port of intense circulation of African slaves in the New World.
This tour has been specially designed to deliver special knowledge about the transatlantic slave trade and its legacy through key historical sites of the city of Salvador. This itinerary will start at the Fort and Lighthouse Barra, one of the ports of arrival of enslaved Africans in the city. We will proceed to the Tororó dike and visit the monument dedicated to the valuable legacy of African religious heritage through the worship of Orixas. The next sites are located in the Cidade Baixa (Lower City), where we will visit other central locations in the historical processes that mark the presence of Africans in Bahia and Brazil.
The next site is the historic downtown area, and the Afro-Brazilian museum, in which there is a rich collection that highlights the African perspective in the formation of Brazilian identify and culture. The itinerary includes the Society for Black Protection, an organization led by former slaves and dedicated to promoting the liberation of enslaved Africans and their decedents. Then we will visit the church of the Rosary of the Blacks, the first Black Christian religious brotherhood in the New World. We will conclude this itinerary visiting the museum Casa do Benin, one of the main African cultural centers of in the state of Bahia.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Our guide could not have been better. He took the time to listen to our interests and customized our visit accordingly. His English was great, and he was extremely knowledgable. It was like visiting a town a good friend. We came away with so much information about Bahia. It's a much richer country than we ever imagined. Also, if you're interested in taking time to have lunch, do it! We went to a great restaurant recommended by our guide and had a terrific conversation with him over lunch.
This was a culturally fulfilling experience. I learned quite a bit about Salvador's history and it's ties to the African continent. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place and a must do if you visit Brazil. So rich in African music, foods and culture. I will be back. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke good English.
Jorge Hage was a wonderful tour guide and very knowledgable, he spoke French the whole time with my mother and I and even went above his tour time to show us extra places, highly recommended and appreciate this tour, saw and learned a lot about African history and the culture that still permeates!