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Pelourinho

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Address: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Sometimes called the "city within a city," this old part of...

Sometimes called the "city within a city," this old part of Salvador is worth visiting for its cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings, churches, restaurants, shops and nightlife.

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US$ 62.50*
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City Tour of Salvador
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US$ 125.00*
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Private Guided Tour in Pelourinho
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Pelourinho Tour by Night

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I think the best part of this trip was the church tour (which is a self tour) for 15 reals. We parked at master park and it's 9 reals/hr. It was worth it since we were getting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My friends and I had an excellent tour guide Marcos Ries. I booked our tours through Viator and our visit was more than we could expect. Marcos is very knowledgeable about the culture, places to see, and local foods. The cultural show with dinner is a must. I like the fact that Marcos knew many of the local people and... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a great time, the people are great and lots of fun, children will beg at times and there are great shops and local restaurants.

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Thank LovesBahia1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Pelourinho is like the soul of Salvador. Best to explore on foot and just walk along the alleys, stop here in there and soak in the atmosphere. Don’t forget to visit the churches as well and check out some restaurants there. Sometimes they practice for the carnival and you can witness the performances if you’re lucky :)

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The colours and buildings were quite pretty, but it is quite likely you'll be harassed by locals. Having a "undershirt" wallet or something else of the sort would probably be helpful, rather than a bag.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really like this neighbourhood around the old part of Salvador do Bahia, it is colourful, it has soul, lovely old architecture and great people including the unforgettable Bahianas

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately there are so many abandoned houses and run-down places in this once-beautiful colonial town. It is also very sad that one has to be so vigilant and streetwise in this area and in Brazil in general. Stick to main streets, don't enter any side streets since it might be dangerous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think the best part of this trip was the church tour (which is a self tour) for 15 reals. We parked at master park and it's 9 reals/hr. It was worth it since we were getting sick of the guys harassing us with the street parking everywhere we go. The street vendors are pretty persistent since they put free... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The old city itself is nice and colourful and characteristic, so a place to go if you're in Salvador. Unfortunately the locals behave awfully... being there during low season rises the number of locals (vs tourists) betting for money, willing to sell you something and making you feel uncomfortable. At least lot of police makes you feel quite safe. Seen... More 

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Izmir, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pelourinho, in other words the old town is a perfect place to visit in Salvador. The architecture dating back to the 19th century and the lively colours of the buildings want to see more of the streets. The souvenir shops, the galleries, the music coming out of the dance schools, the women in traditional costumes are all amazing. Take your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A window into old Salvador. Many of the buildings have been restored, oth,ers remain dilapidated. Everyone said this area is not safe at night.

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