Salvador and the Bahia Coast

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  • 1. Cachoeira de Buracão

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Considered by many to be one of the most stunning waterfalls in Brazil, Buracão may not be easy to get to, but it is defintitely worth the effort...Read More

  • 2. Casa do Rio Vermelho

    Rio Vermelho | Educational Institution

    Dedicated to the life and work of Salvador’s favorite son, author Jorge Amado, this museum is one of the city’s star attractions for both literary...Read More

  • 3. Catedral Basílica

    Terreiro de Jesus | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Recognized as one of the richest examples of baroque architecture in Brazil, this 17th-century masterpiece is a must-visit. The masonry facade...Read More

  • 4. Igreja de São Francisco

    Pelourinho | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most impressive churches in Salvador, the Church of St. Francis was built in the 18th century on the site of an earlier church that...Read More

  • 5. Morro de Pai Inácio

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The icon of Chapada Diamantina, this tabletop mountain sits at 1,120 meters (3,675 feet) above sea level and provides a spectacular 360-degree...Read More

  • 6. Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (MAM)

    Comércio | Museum/Gallery

    When Italian-Brazilian modernist architect Lina do Bardi set about transforming this 17th-century private fazenda overlooking the sea, she created...Read More

  • 7. Parque Nacional Marinho de Abrolhos

    Beach–Sight

    One of the best scuba-diving spots in Brazil, Marinho de Abrolhos marine reserve, 856 km (532 miles) south of Salvador, was created to protect...Read More

  • 8. Ponta de Mutá

    Beach–Sight

    Make for one of the beach bars that line the sand to watch Barra Grande's legendary sunset. The calm waters also make this a good choice for...Read More

  • 9. Ponta dos Castelhanos

    Boipepa | Beach–Sight

    Named in honor of a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast in 1535, this postcard-perfect deserted beach fringed in coconut palms offers good...Read More

  • 10. Praia de Algodões

    Beach–Sight

    This breathtaking beach is said to earn its name from the cresting waves that look like balls of cotton— algodão means cotton in Portuguese...Read More

  • 11. 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 to spend...Read More

  • 12. Vila Rosa

    Educational Institution

    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 hosts...Read More

  • 13. Barra do Jacuípe

    Beach–Sight

    A river runs down to the ocean at this long, wide, pristine beach lined with coconut palms, where the beachfront snack bars provide the perfect...Read More

  • 14. Boca da Barra

    Boipepa | Beach–Sight

    The closest beach to Boipeba's small town, Velha Boipeba, is also the island's busiest, dotted with pousadas and beachfront restaurants serving...Read More

  • 15. Cachoeira da Fumaça

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One of the most popular hikes in the national park leads to the country's tallest waterfall, 1,312-foot Cachoeira da Fumaça (Smoke Waterfall...Read More

  • 16. Cachoeira de Tremembé

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One of the best ways to explore the peninsula is to join a boat trip or hire a private boat to explore the tropical islands, verdant coastline...Read More

  • 17. Centro Cultural da Irmandade da Boa Morte

    Educational Institution

    Restored in 2014 after a R$900,000 investment, this small museum located inside the Sisterhood of Good Death's headquarters displays photos...Read More

  • 18. Centro Cultural Dannemann

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Cross over the rustic wooden bridge to the small town of São Félix set across the water to pay a visit to Centro Cultural Dannemann. This cultural...Read More

  • 19. Convento de São Francisco

    Pelourinho | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With an interior glittering in gold, the church here is considered one of the country's most impressive. Along with intricately carved woodwork...Read More

  • 20. Elevador Lacerda

    Comércio | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    For a few centavos, ascend 236 feet in about a minute in the world's first urban elevator, which runs between Praça Visconde de Cayrú in the...Read More

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