Starting at the mouth of the Bay with itís famous lighthouse we
go to the old historical section of town, the Pelourinho area. We
visit church of S„o Francisco with itís exuberant gold-leafed Baroque
Every Tuesday evening, the Pelourinho area resounds to the sound
of the repique and surdo drums of the many drumming troupes of Salvador.We
attend the rehearsal where the dances and songs for the coming carnival
are rehearsed to the infectious samba-reggae rhythm. Entrance fee
to Olodum rehearsal included. Rehearsal begins at 07:00 PM.
The mammoth restoration of the historical Pelourinho district has
resulted in a new lease of night life to this, the largest complex
of colonial architecture in the Americaís.We have dinner in one
of the many first class restaurants in the area. After dinner we
will stroll the busy streets where many of the bars offer live music.
Busiest on Tuesdays and the weekends.
The show takes place in the 18th century colonial complex Solar
do Uni„o which had itís own church, manor house and slaves quarters,
in the old stockrooms and is a showcase of the Candomble; the manculelÍ,
a stick and sword dance from the cane fields; the dance of the caboclo,
an amerindian hunting dance; capoeira, a martial art/dance of Angolan
origin and the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of this
exuberant national dance.
We leave the city behind and drive through the oldest farmland in
Brazil. This is the land of sugar-cane and tobacco plantations,
peaceful colonial towns and busy country markets. We visit an experimental
cacau plantation. We lunch in Cachoeira, a charming colonial town
in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Paraguassu River and
later taker a walking tour of the town with itís many wood sculptors
ateliers, bustling market (Wed, Fri and Sat) and visit the Sisterhood
of the Boa Morte, a sorority which traces itís origins back to the
time of slavery.
Praia do Forte
Praia do Forte is a quiet fishing village 80 kms north of Salvador
and home to some of the best beaches in Bahia. The road to Praia
do Forte (Coconut Highway) takes us to the small villages and deserted
beaches of the North Coast. We visit the Sapiranga reserve with
itís restinga vegetation, a delicate ecosystem which survives on
a sandy soil. We visit the ruins of the imposing castle (1556) which
gives the area itís name. Lunch in a local rest.
After our transfer from the hotel, we board a schooner and cruise
to two of the 36 islands in this sparkling bay. We take our cruise
to the larger Itaparica Island for lunch. After lunch we take a
walking tour of the colonial town of Itaparica and visit the mineral
water springs with its legendary rejuvenating properties.
of the Candomble
A short informal lecture on the Candonble att the Afro Brazilian
Museum will be followed by a visit to one of the most traditional
terreiroís (place of worship) in Salvador. Later we will visit a
mae de santo for the jogo de buzios, the ancient divination art
involving the throwing and interpretation of the cowry shells.