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Salvador: Brazil's Afro-Brazilian Capital

Salvador, a Brazilian city, serves as the capital of the state of Bahia. It is a must cultural destination for universities groups. It is the "New Orleans" of Brazil due to the African influence.

It holds the distinction of being the first capital of Brazil and has one of the longest coastlines in the country. Filled with culture, historical significance and natural beauty, Salvador celebrates its African roots by blending together culture, music and cuisine. Salvador is divided by upper and lower city.

The city's strong religious influence is evident in one of its most traditional Catholic Churches, the “Basílica Nosso Senhor do Bonfim”. The devotion to Senhor do Bonfim traces back to Portuguese colonization. If your university is looking for a destination rich in social diversity and African diaspora history.

Located in the lower city, the church's walls are decorated with small strips known as Fitinhas do Senhor do Bonfim. Tradition holds that the Fitinhas do Senhor do Bonfim can grant three wishes to the devoted. As a result, people from all over Brazil come to tie their strips on the walls and witness the celebrations held in the church. If you seek a memorable spiritual experience, don't miss the opportunity to visit this wonderful place.

In the upper city, Pelourinho awaits! 

Pelourinho is situated in the historical center of Salvador. Within Pelourinho you can explore two amazing places steeped in culture and tradition. The first is the “Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado” which was the home of the famous writer Jorge Armado from 1912-2001.

The second is the “Museu da Gastronomia Baiana”. This museum is a unique institution dedicated to celebrating and promoting the rich culinary heritage of Bahia. One of the most memorable parts of Salvador is the food. The cuisine in the city is a unique culinary experience, influenced by African, Portuguese, and Indigenous cultures. Food has become an integral part of the city’s historical identity. Some of the city's most popular dishes are prepared by the renowned “Baianas do Acarajé”. These women specialize in cooking typical African and Afro-Bahian dishes such as cocada, vatapá, caruru, and the famous acarajé. Acarajé is a ball of mashed black-eyed peas deep-fried in palm oil, then split in half and filled with delectable toppings. This dish holds significant importance in Salvador, symbolizing the fusion of flavors, cultures, and spices of the city.

Let Destination Partners team organize the perfect itinerary relevant to your university program in Brazil. We have 40 years of experience, and we helped many universities to develop their cultural program in Brazil. Also, we suggest combining Chapada de Diamantina to complement the culture program with an eco-experience!

By Julia Troccoli


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