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African Soul


4  nights   Children Friendly Featured, pleasant property Each City Package includes transfers and the must-do-tours and was carefully selected and negotiated for you. All participating service providers have been chosen for their quality service. So, unless you have specific plans, trust us. It's all prepared. Should you stay extra nights, book the city package and add hotel. Price Busters

Hidden Treasures
African Culture

This is a group tour suggestion, especially created for admirers of the African origin of the Bahian culture. We have combined a very exciting event, Bembé do Mercado, in Santo Amaro, with a completely unforgettable journey.

The people of African descent from Santo Amaro da Purificação, located near All Saints' Bay in a sugar-cane producing region, have commemorated the abolition of slavery with the Bembé do Mercado festival since 1889, one year after the Emancipation Proclamation. The festival is a folk and religious tradition in which the local population plays an important role as it is organized by the fishermen and fish sellers of Santo Amaro. It takes place in front of the Municipal Market, where two small stages are set up.

For three days groups of samba de roda-a traditional style of samba danced in a circle; Afoxés-Afro-Brazilian Carnival groups; maculelê-a sword dance; and capoiera-an Afro-Brazilian martial art practised to music, a warrior's dance, perform on the small stages alongside religious dances in honor of the orixás of the waters, Oxum-the goddess of rivers, lakes and rain, and Yemanjá-the goddess of the sea. The Bembé do Mercado festival also commemorates the end of official persecution of African-based religious faiths. This is why, as a part of the festival, an offering is made to Yemanjá on the nearby beach of Cabuçu.
1 Day - Salvador

May 10th
Arrival in Salvador airport, welcome and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in and accommodation.
Around midday departure for lunch followed by an historical city tour. You will have lunch in the historical centre and then visit the Pelourinho, a recently restored district considered the soul of the city. It is in this shimmering universe that Jorge Amado inspired himself for his main stories.
You will also visit the church of São Francisco, the richest in gold of this country.
Late in the afternoon return to the hotel.
Dinner in the Pelourinho and evening in this district where every Tuesday percussion groups repeat their pieces that will make fury during the next Carnival.
Late night return to the hotel.
Overnight at the Tropical Hotel.
2 Day - Cachoeira & Santo Amaro

May 11th
Brazilian buffet breakfast.
Morning departure into the interior of the state, to the region of the Recôncavo. Considered as one of the richest agricultural centres of the Portuguese era, the Recôncavo has conserved its colonial character and its little villages with the indifference of another time.
Visit of a cacao plantation, as Bahia is the main producer in this country.
In the afternoon visit of a cigar factory. The state of Bahia produces a quality tobacco and is the main exporter of Brazil.
Lunch on route.
In the afternoon arrival at Cachoeira and visit of its picturesque market. Discovery on foot of the main churches and colonial roads.
Dinner at the Carmel Covent, a nice building of the 18th century, modified into a hotel/restaurant.
Then you will leave to Santo Amaro to be part of the festival.
You will have dinner there and return late night to Salvador.
Overnight in the hotel.
3 Day - Salvador/Sto Amaro/Salvador

May 12th
Brazilian buffet breakfast.
In the morning you will leave for a full day unusual discovery of the city.
You will stop at the Mercado Modelo, ancient customs building located closeby the harbour. Today it shelters an important handicraft market. Stop at the market São Joaquim. This great fair is a huge market for local products.
Visit of the church Bonfim, the most characteristic of the religious syncretism, which is held here. The church is dedicated to Jesus and also considered as a cult place of Oxala, the supreme god in the Candomble of Bahia. It’s here where the little lucky ribbons are blessed.
You will cross the districts of the Alagadas; these townships on stilts shelter a big part of the unlucky masses of the city. Continuation until the district of Cabula for lunch.
The restaurant is also a raising centre for combat roosters. You will taste only farm products. The dessert is a festival of tropical fruits.
In the afternoon you will leave again for Santo Amaro to jump into the big celebrations.
You will have dinner there and return late night to Salvador.
Overnight in the hotel.
4 Day - Salvador

May 13th
Brazilian buffet breakfast.
Your morning and lunch are at leisure.
Late afternoon transfer to Terreiro, a cult place of Candomble where we meet the Mae de Santos, the female priests who are in charge of the relation between humans and the spiritual entities.
Dinner at the Terreiro with participation of one of the rituals of adoration.
Overnight in the hotel.
5 Day - Salvador

May 14th
Brazilian buffet breakfast.
In the morning you will visit the historical centre for a lesson in Brazilian percussion. Presentation of the instruments. The greatest specialist gets you deep into the musical universe of the percussions. Demonstration and participation at this stage assisted by a translator.
Lunch in the Pelourinho district and visit of the museum of the Orixas. This is where we get to know the deities of Candomble, animistic religion from Africa and often compared to Voodoo.
Check-out and transfer to the airport.
Included in the package:
* All the transfers and tours mentioned in the program;
* Entrance fees during all tours;
* Services with assistance of an expert bilingual guide;
* 4 overnights at a 4* hotel in Salvador; and
* 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.

Not included in the package:
*Airport taxes and air tickets;
*Medical expenses and hospitalization;
*Any type of insurance;
*Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the program;
*Personal expenses or extras; and