There are certain countries, the names of which fire the popular imagination. Brazil is one of them; an amalgam of primitive and sophisticated, jungle and elegance, beating drums and luscious jazz harmonics — there’s no other place like it in the world. And while Rio tends toward the more worldly and urbane end of the spectrum, Bahia and its capital Salvador tend toward the other…the primal and atavistic.
There’s No Place Anywhere Else Like Salvador
Around the world there are plentiful variations on and versions of much of what can be found here: a tropical climate, beaches, festivals (although Salvador’s carnival is another thing altogether), fascinating local customs and sites, food, history, music, dance. But Salvador — and Bahia — by virtue of the enormous weight of history here — go far beyond these merely: pushed, pulled, stirred and hefted by a powerful and profoundly moving cultural undercurrent. If nothing else we hope to impart to you, unknown friend, some wan reflection of what makes up, in spite of vast travails and by virtue of the beyond-resilient people here — past and present — one of the most splendid places on earth.