Visit Salvador - Best of Salvador

One of 12 chosen cities to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Salvador is bracing itself for a tremendous flow of tourists. When you think of Brazil, the first city that comes to mind is Rio de Janeiro, and that’s where the day dreaming starts and ends. You might now know this, but Salvador is the hub of the Afro-Brazilian culture and has by far, the best preserved heritage if you really want to know what went down during the colonial times.

Known as the “land of happiness”, the icing on the cake here is the abundance of sand and sunshine. As you amble about the cobblestoned streets of Salvador, don’t be alarmed if your body starts moving to the rhythmic beats of the African music that is unique to the streets of Salvador. A holiday here is sure to make you want to re-visit the place.

Salvador Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Salvador tips for your visit

  • Salvador is known for its street crime, so don’t wander away from touristy zones. All the main tourist attractions are thronged by police officials.
  • Travel as much as you can during the day. When you step out for sight-seeing, don’t carry any valuables and don’t openly display how fat your wallet is.
  • Never ever go to the beach at night and avoid the long sloping road leading from the old town to the harbor like the plague.
  • Don’t share a taxi with a stranger. We’ll all seen movies where people are easily manipulated into sharing a cab with strangers. Be suspicious of anyone who approaches you- they’ll either try and sell you something or rob you!
  • Cross the road only after the vehicles on the street have come to a stop. Don’t try and cut across when the pedestrian crossing is red.

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Facts and Stats for Salvador*

  • Pollution Statistics in Salvador

    Know the pollution level of Salvador before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 72.22 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 72.22 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 29.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 55.56 (Moderate)
  • Salvador: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Salvador for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Salvador.

    • Burglary and Theft 56.86 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 91.18 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 95 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 92.16 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 78.5 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 78.43 (High)
    • Attacks 66.5 (High)
    • Drug offense 82.35 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 21.15 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 3.37 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 55.5 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 33 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 81.73 (Very High)
  • Living in Salvador - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Salvador is 106.68 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 20.08 (Low)
    • Climate Index 82.81 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 39.66 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 39.71 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 41.26 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 46.99 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.99 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 36.63 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Salvador

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Salvador

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.42 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.4 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.99 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.63 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 51.7 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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