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Pelourinho, Salvador - State of Bahia, 40020-060, Brazil

All things Salvador begin and end with Pelourinho, the city's UNESCO World Heritage–listed historic center, a cobblestoned corridor of pastel-colored 17th- and 18th-century colonial buildings and dignified churches awash in gold. Day or...

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Praça Tomé de Souza, S/N - Centro, Salvador - BA, 40020-000, Brazil

This gorgeously restored Art Deco outdoor elevator is a symbol of Salvador and connects the city's cidade alta (upper city) with the cidade baixa (lower city). Zooming up and down 72 meters (236 feet) in 30 seconds, it's an iconic ride with...

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Largo do Cruzeiro de São Francisco, S/N - Pelourinho, Salvador - BA, 40020-280, Brazil

One of Brazil's (heck, one of the world's!) most magnificent churches, Salvador's church and convent of São Francisco was built between 1708 and 1723 and stands as one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World. The first step...

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Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra - Largo do Farol da Barra, s/n - Barra, Salvador - BA, 40140-650, Brazil

Bahia's oldest fort dates to 1698 and is best known for housing South America's oldest lighthouse, which sits perched on the southwest end of Salvador's upscale Farol da Barra beach. Inside, the excellent nautical collection—the city's best...

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R. da Aurora, 155 - Condomínio Porto das Baleias, Mata de São João - BA, 48280-000, Brazil

Beautiful Praia do Forte is the best beach within day-trip range of Salvador. The small, upscale village has an ecological bent and is one of Brazil's most important sea turtle sanctuaries. Sparkling, sun-toasted sands dotted with pretty...