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Discovering Bahia, Brazil

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Photo: Ben Watts

The city of Salvador juts out into the bay of all Saints, but the baia is just preliminary, for Salvador stretches clear across the Atlantic into the heart of Yoruba culture, into modern-day Nigeria, Benin, and Togo. The story of Salvador, indeed of the northeastern part of Brazil, is in large part the story of the transatlantic slave trade and its consequences.

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Destinations: São Paulo · Bahia · Pelourinho

Inspired by: Brazil’s Untamed Heart — by Gary Shteyngart, Published Nov. 2006

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    Singtur

    Book your visit to the Candomblé ceremonies through Singtur, which has guides for city tours as well.

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    Candomblé Ceremonies

    Arrange a visit through your hotel or through Singtur, which has guides for both city and candomblé tours.

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    Matuete

    This Sao Paulo-based boutique travel agency specializes in custom luxury itineraries from Bahia to the Amazon. Robert Betenson is an invaluable loc

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    O Cravinho

    The famous bar serves up a vast selection of cachaças and other local, traditional drinks.

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    Museu Afro-Brasileiro

    The museum hold an extensive collection of crafts that trace the African tradition in Brazil. The structure of the museum was once Brazil’s first S

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    Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo

    Originally founded in 1636, this church was rebuilt in Neoclassical style in 1828.

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    Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    The seventeenth-century church combines Neoclassical interiors with Baroque and Rococo carvings located in the sacristy.

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    Fundo do Cravinho

    This sultry samba club has nightly live music.

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