Salvador Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Salvador

  • Save 9% Full-Day Historic Private City Tour of Salvador with Lunch
    Full-Day Historic Private City Tour of Salvador with Lunch5 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Get a glimpse into Salvador's neighborhoods of cobblestone streets, shops and culture on a full-day tour. From sweeping visit...

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  • Save 7% Pelourinho Private Tour by Night
    Pelourinho Private Tour by Night1 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Experience the thrill of Salvadors Carnival with Blessing Day every Tuesday. These festivities are a great local experience t...

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  • Save 4% Private Shore Excursion of Salvador
    Private Shore Excursion of Salvador4 Reviews

    Duration: 7 Hrs

    This full day tour is a combination of history and panoramic views of the city. During our full city tour, we will pass 1.5-h...

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  • Save 7% Private Anthropological City Tour of Salvador
    Private Anthropological City Tour of Salvador2 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Take an anthropological tour of Salvador da Bahia to learn a bit about the cultural history of Brazil. You'll visit sites of ...

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

    • Burglary and Theft 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 90.74 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 94.81 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 92.59 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 77.83 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 77.78 (High)
    • Attacks 65.57 (High)
    • Drug offense 82.41 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 21.82 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 3.64 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 55.19 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 32.55 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 82.27 (Very High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Salvador is 108.59 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 20.49 (Low)
    • Climate Index 82.81 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 39.66 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.25 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 42.29 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 46.99 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.94 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 37.93 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.37 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.24 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.66 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.79 USD

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

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