Salvador and the Bahia Coast

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In "the land of happiness," as the state of Bahia is known, the sun shines almost every day. Its Atlantic Ocean shoreline runs for 900 kilometers (560 miles), creating beautiful white-sand beaches lined with coconut palms. Inland is Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina (Chapada Diamantina National Park), with 152,000 hectares (375,000 acres) of mountains, waterfalls, caves, natural swimming pools, and hiking trails. And in Bahia’s capital, Salvador, the beat of bongo drums echoing through the narrow cobblestone streets is a rhythmic reminder of Brazil’s African heritage.

Bahia’s Costa do Coqueiros (Coconut Coast), north of Salvador up to the village of Mangue Seco, on the border of Sergipe State, has 190 kilometers (118 miles) of beautiful beaches. South of Salvador, from Baía de Todos os Santos and its islands (Itaparica and Tinharé) to Itacaré is the Dendê Coast, where you find the African palms that produce the dendê oil used in Bahian cooking. The midsection of Bahia’s coast is known as the Cocoa Coast, because cocoa plantations dominate the landscape and the economy.

Farther south, the Discovery Coast, from Santa Cruz de Cabrália to Barra do Caí, has many sites linked with the first Portuguese explorers to arrive in Brazil. The last bit of Bahia’s coast heading south is the Whale Coast, near the towns of Caravelas and Alcobaça, where humpback whales mate and give birth from June to November.

Catedral Basílica
Religious Building/Site/Shrine
Terreiro de Jesus
Igreja de São Francisco
Religious Building/Site/Shrine
Pelourinho
Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (MAM)
Museum/Gallery
Comércio
Parque Nacional Marinho de Abrolhos
Beach–Sight Body Of Water/Waterfall Park (National/State/Provincial)
Casa do Rio Vermelho
Educational Institution House/Mansion/Villa Library/Archive Museum/Gallery
Rio Vermelho
Ponta dos Castelhanos
Beach–Sight
Boipepa
Ribeirão do Meio Waterfall
Body Of Water/Waterfall Forest Trail/Path Local Interest–Sight
Cachoeira de Buracão
Body Of Water/Waterfall Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Park (National/State/Provincial)

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Language

Portuguese

Nearby Airports

SSA, BPS, IOS

Electrical Outlets

The current in Brazil isn't regulated: in São Paulo and Rio it's 110 or 120 volts (the same as in the United States and Canada); in Recife and Brasília it's 220 volts (the same as in Europe); and in Manaus and Salvador it's 127 volts. Outlets take Continental-type plugs, with two round prongs.

Currency

Real

Language

Portuguese

Electrical Outlets

The current in Brazil isn't regulated: in São Paulo and Rio it's 110 or 120 volts (the same as in the United States and Canada); in Recife and Brasília it's 220 volts (the same as in Europe); and in Manaus and Salvador it's 127 volts. Outlets take Continental-type plugs, with two round prongs.

Currency

Real

Nearby Airports

SSA, BPS, IOS

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