Salvador and the Bahia Coast Sights

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Projeto Tamar

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The headquarters of this nationwide turtle preservation project, established in 1980, has turned what was once a small, struggling fishing...

Reserva de Sapiranga

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

If you have a couple of days to visit Praia do Forte, spend one of them exploring the Reserva de Sapiranga, spread over 600 hectares...

Ribeirão do Meio Waterfall

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

A visit to this waterfall, set within a verdant valley 3½ km (2 miles) from the center of Lençóis, is one of the most pleasant ways...

Rio Serrano

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

One of the region's most popular hiking trails runs along a section of Rio Lençóis called Rio Serrano. It's surrounded by exuberant...

Salvador Bus

  • Beach–Sight

Double-decker tour buses run by Salvador Bus travel around the Upper and Lower Cities and to the beaches. There are two different routes:...

Taipu de Fora

  • Beach–Sight

On a clear day, the natural swimming pools that form in the turquoise waters just off the coast of Taipu de Fora beach make for great...

Terreiro de Jesus

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

This wide plaza lined with 17th-century houses sits in the heart of historic Salvador. Where nobles once strolled under imperial palm...


  • Cave

Brazil's seventh-largest cave and one of its most complete is called "Little Tower" after the rock formation outside its entrance. Here...

Vale do Pati

  • Mountain–Sight

One of the country's most scenic treks, this onetime pilgrim trail of the Tupi Indians takes you between towering sierras, through caves,...

Vila Rosa

  • Building/Architectural Site

A visit to this impeccably restored 1930s fazenda is like stepping back in time to the golden age of the cacao boom. The cocoa plantation...


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