Salvador

Etymology

Salvador lies on a small, roughly triangular peninsula that separates the Bay of All Saints from the Atlantic Ocean. The bay is the largest in Brazil and the 2nd-largest in the world. It was first reached by Gaspar de Lemos in 1501, just one year after Cabral’s purported discovery of Brazil. During his second voyage for Portugal, the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci sighted the bay on All Saints’ Day (November 1) 1502 and, in honor of the date and his parish church in Florence, he named it the Bay of the Holy Savior of All the Saints. The first European to settle nearby was Diogo Álvares Correia (“Caramuru”), who was shipwrecked off the end of the peninsula in 1509. He lived among the Tupinambá, marrying Guaibimpara and others. In 1531, Martim Afonso de Sousa led an expedition from Mount St Paul (Morro de São Paulo) and, in 1534, Francisco Pereira Coutinho, the first captain of Bahia, established the settlement of Pereira in modern Salvador’s Ladeira da Barra neighborhood. Mistreatment of the Tupinambá by the settlers caused them to turn hostile and the Portuguese were forced to flee to Porto Seguro c. 1546. An attempted restoration of the colony the next year ended in shipwreck and cannibalism. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Salvador Aventuras ao Ar Livre Meetup – This is a group for those interested in hiking, cycling, diving, climbing, parks / forest tours, kayaking, rafting etc. All skills levels are welcome, we are not professional sportsmen, we are ordinary people … We started this group to meet other outdoor enthusiasts and leave home, computer, sedentary life. [meetup]

Salvador Health & Wellness Meetup Group – This is a group for those interested in hiking, climbing, camping, kayaking, etc. All skill levels are welcome. I started this group to meet other outdoor enthusiasts. Looking forward to exploring the outdoors with everyone. [meetup]

Salvador Tennis Meetup – This is a meeting point for those who want to find new partners to hit a ball in the area of ​​Salvador and surroundings. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Badoo.com – Badoo is a third website for online dating in Brazil that you can try if you have found no luck at the sites above. To have any success on this site, you need to send out A LOT of messages as their filtering system for fake profiles is definitely not the strongest. [visa hunter]

BrazilCupid.com – BrazilCupid is a member of the prominent Cupid Media network that owns 30+ dating sites around the world. It is my favorite site in Brazil and just happens to be where I met my wife (who is a native of Brazil). [visa hunter]

ParPerfeito.com.br – I have had a decent amount of experience with ParPerfeito (“perfect partner” in Portuguese). I like the site but not as much as BrazilCupid. It is still a good second choice though. You might have seen their banners inside Metro stations if you have ever been to Rio De Janeiro. [visa hunter]

Romantico Brazil – Our site is for single heterosexual adults over eighteen years of age, who are looking for the partner of their dreams. [romantico brazil]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Free Tours Network – We’ve all been on enough traditional tours to know just how painful things can get: your nonchalant guide mechanically repeating, on auto mode, the same historical facts on the same historical monuments in honour of the same historical dudes and their historical horses. [free tours network]

Walking Tours of Salvador- Free – “Walking Tours of Salvador – Free” is a company providing free walking tours in the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. [facebook]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Check Out Brazil’s Harlem – Brazil’s version of New York’s Harlem, Liberdade, is one of the largest black-majority neighborhoods in Latin America. It’s also home to the headquarters of Brazil’s oldest Carnaval bloco. Musicians rehearse at Afro Ilê Aiyê ballroom every Saturday of the summer, starting at 10:00 p.m., Ladeira do Curuzu in Liberdade. [americas quarterly]

Dance Samba – Brazilian samba was born in Bahia. Don’t miss the chance to hear authentic beats at the St. George Pub in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood. Afterwards, try the homemade codfish specialty and a world-class Cachaça-based caipirinha. Rua Borges Reis, 60. [americas quarterly]

Enjoy Art – The Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, located in a 17th- century mansion, receives about 200,000 visitors a year to its exhibitions of contemporary Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian art. Inside are works of famous artists like Tarsila do Amaral, Portinari, Di Cavalcanti and Carybé. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1:00–7:00 p.m., free. [americas quarterly]

Retreat for a Day – For a break from Salvador’s bustling cultural life, visit Chapada Diamantina, an oasis in the nearby mountains, where spiritual leaders and backpackers from around the world go to marvel at trippy rock formations and the mystical atmosphere. The Morro do Pai Inácio, at 312 feet (400 meters) high, is one of Brazil’s most spectacular and accessible waterfalls. Buses from Salvador are $30 each way for the five-hour trip. [americas quarterly]

Ride the Elevator – Salvador is divided into upper town and lower town; the traditional way of exploring the two levels is to take the Lacerda Elevator in the historic center of town. Built in 1873, the elevator has two towers reaching 236 feet (72 meters) high, and carries more than 900,000 people per month. From the top you have a panoramic view of Baía de Todos os Santos. The nominal 80-cent fee is for maintenance. [americas quarterly]

Sample Baiana Food – . Aconchego Zuzu restaurant specializes in rich traditional dishes of Bahia. Decorated with scenes of African blocos (local Carnaval music rehearsal venues), the restaurant operates within a small residential village. Hear live music Thursday through Sunday, 8:30–midnight. Rua Quintino Bocaiúva, 18. [americas quarterly]

Shop at Mercado Model – At Mercado Modelo, founded in 1912, you’ll find typical Salvadoran arts and crafts: paintings, dolls, musical instruments like drums and berimbau, necklaces, and other ornaments. The market is across from the Lacerda Elevator in Praça Visconde de Cayru. [americas quarterly]

Stroll Through Historic Downtown – Salvador’s historic Pelourinho district is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its architecture and unique preservation of the history of resistance by African slaves in Brazil. Walk on the famous Rua Chile to the Municipal Square and Rio Branco Palace, one of the country’s oldest palaces. [americas quarterly]

Festivals

Festivals

Farol Folia – This is a pre-Carnaval celebration that takes place in the first 2 weeks of January, with Carnaval blocos partying and dancing around their respective trio eletricos. [brazil travel information]

Festa de Yemanja – The beauty of this festival is echoed in the title of this goddess to whom the festival is dedicated: The Goddess of the Sea. Every year on February 2nd fireworks are sounded at 5 am, and the faithful gather around the temporary shack built to store gifts to Yamanja on the Rio Vermelho Beach. [brazil travel information]

Lavagem do Bonfim – This huge and beautiful festival takes place on the second Thursday of every January, and has been doing so since 1754. It is a huge celebration for the Catholic and Candomble faiths together, for N.S. do Bonfim is loved for his embracing catholics- and non-catholics alike, and he is associated with the Candamble god Oxala as with Jesus Christ, respectively. [brazil travel information]

New Year’s Eve – People come dressed in white for good luck, light candles and throw flowers and offerings to the goddess of the sea, Yemanja. There is also a large display of fireworks, and in front of the lighthouse-farol- are performances by famous and prominent Brazilian musicians. The celebration stretches from the lighthouse to Porto da Barra, with tables set up, music blasting, people dancing, and parties hopping. [brazil travel information]

Sao Joao (Saint John) – This celebration takes place in June, and is traditionally a harvest festival with typical foods containing corn, liquor from the genipapo fruit, and bonfires. It is a family and friends celebration, and takes place within the small town where each person’s families are from. [brazil travel information]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bicycle – The Bicycle sharing system program Bike Salvador offers many bike stations through the city. Cycling is not really a good option to get around in Salvador excpet the cycleways and pedestrian zones like in Barra and Ribeira areas. [wikitravel]

By bus – City buses, as in other Brazilian cities, are constant and confusing. Fares are normally R$3.00, as of March 2015, (even for buses into the neighboring city of Lauro de Freitas). There is also the option of the air-conditioned executive buses. Know your landmarks and neighborhood names. [wikitravel]

By car – Renting a basic car with air conditioning (100+ kilometers or KM free) costs R$ 110-140 per day, plus fuel. It’s not hard to find your way accross Salvador avenues, but although people from Bahia have a reputation of being relaxed and easygoing, traffic is agressive (somewhat like Rio de Janeiro), and you will frequently see drivers attempting dangerous overtakes on you. [wikitravel]

By metro – Salvador’s metro system opperates from Lapa (in city center) to Bom Juá. Campo da Pólvora Station is 700 meters from Historic Center and Acesso Norte Station is near Bela Vista Shopping Mall. [wikitravel]

By taxi – Salvador cab drivers must be competing with those in Rio for spots on Formula 1 racing teams. They will certainly get you where you’re going quicker than the bus! However, as buses stop running after midnight, do be prepared to haggle quite a bit with taxistas who refuse to use the meter, especially if you’ve decided to explore far from your bed – as a general rule very few taxistas will use the meter, so haggling is common on most journies. [wikitravel]

By train – Suburban rail service links Calçada in Lower City and the suburban neighborhood Paripe. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

GBG Salvador – Google Business Group – Google Business Group (GBG) Salvador is an open community for professionals and companies that are interested in learning and becoming more successful in using the internet for their business. [meetup]

Investidores Conscientes – Salvador – Meetings with lectures to discuss Investments. For those who want to get out of the box when it comes to investing, knowing the alternatives, their advantages and disadvantages. [meetup]

Marketing Digital em Salvador – Community interested in updating, recycling, initiating, solidifying digital marketing practices through the exchange of experiences on the subject. Salvador is the 3rd city of Brazil in population, this favors that this market is touched by these techniques. [meetup]

Meetup Business Process Management em Salvador-Bahia – We will meet BPM’s community in Salvador-Bahia, once a month, with the objective of achieving personal and collective improvements in the practice of BPM Management – Business Process Management, giving life to the local community and helping people organize themselves. [meetup]

Meetup de Profissionais de telecomunicações Salvador – ICT Professionals – Information Technology and Telecommunications and Electronic Security Systems – Video Monitoring, Fire, Intrusion, Access Control, People Counting, Perimeter Security, etc. [meetup]

Meetup Marketing Digital Salvador – This is a group for those interested in strategies, tactics and tools of Digital Marketing for physical and online businesses. It is directed to people who really have an interest in putting their hands in the dough and making it happen, because studying without acting does not lead to different results. [meetup]

WebTrends Salvador – A group to collectively map and discuss trends on the new web. If you want to exchange ideas about new technologies for web and mobile, are looking for co-founders or are thinking about new business, come and participate. [meetup]

Worpress Salvador – The WordPress Bahia Community Group aims to bring together the community to exchange information, share knowledge and discuss the WordPress market through meetings, lectures, workshops, courses and whatever else is possible. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Salvador English as a Second Language Meetup – I ‘m learning English alone for three months ago and I need to pratice my conversation this group I hope to accept my invite. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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