• Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, skyline of Salvador seen from the Bay of All Saints / Baia de Todos os Santos The modern skyline of Salvador in the 21st century A good areal view of the most modern (and upscale) part of Salvador going from Avenida Sete all along into the Barra area.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, former house of Jorge Amado in the Pelourinho historic city center Jorge Amado's former house in the Pelourinho Housing the "Associação Jorge Amado" nowadays, this (blue) building hasn't lost a bit of it's grace.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, Palacio Rio Branco office of Brazil's governor Tome de Souza Palácio Rio Branco The Palácio Rio Branco was reconstructed in 1919 after being partially ruined in a bombing and subsequent fire. The original 1549 structure housed the offices of Tomé de Souza, Brazil's first governor general
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, São Joachim market where inhabitants of Salvador can find almost anything Banana's flying at São Joachim's market São Joachim is a huge market where the common man can almost find everything for his home going from food (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, dried food, ...) to home-decoration.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, chilli peppers of all kinds at the Mercado São Joachim THE specialist of chili-peppers in Salvador This man, with his shop in the São Joachim market, sell every possible chili-pepper variant available in Bahia. Some of his most popular chilies : pimento de cheiro (also known as "habaneiro", the hottest natural chili in the world), pimento malaqueta, pimento japonès (originally from the Amazon), dedo de moça.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, Dique de Tororo with his famous Candomblé gods statues in the water Orichás at Dique de TororoOne of the most impressive depictions of the orishá (Cancomblé gods), is located on a big lake and recreation park in the middle of the city called Dique do Tororo, which contains a group of orishá statues dancing in a circle on the surface of the water.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, São Francisco Church São Francisco Church The São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador is located in the historical centre of Salvador. The convent and its church are very important colonial monuments in Brazil and also important repository of Baroque art.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, São Francisco church Two tons of gold on the walls ...The most important characteristic of the São Francisco church is its exuberant inner decoration, mostly executed in the first half of the 18th century. All surfaces inside - walls, pillars, vaults and ceilings - are covered by golden sculptered gilt woodwork and paintings.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, Comercio or Lower city Cidade Baixia aka Comercio The "Comercio' in the lower city part of Salvador is where the commercial activity and banking world started in Brazil in the 17th century. All shiploads transiting from inlands to Europe were negociated, traded and paid in this neigborhood. Nowadays it still plays an imporant role in the city of Salvador.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, Forte de São Marcelo built during the governing of Francisco Barreto in the 17th century Forte São Marcelo This circular fort was built during the government of Francisco Barreto (1657-1663). Its objective was to avoid any invasion of the port. In the 1670s it had 9 cannons. Its slightly circular project is formed by a central turret, surrounded by a ring of equal height, constituting the perimeter and the quarters. It was built in sandstone up to the waterline and the remaining in stonemasonry.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, Monte Serrat fortress The Monte Serrat fortress The Mont Serrat fort, one of the best examples of military primitive architecture in Brazil, gives a panoramic view of the city.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, Forte Santa Maria at porto da Barra near the lighthouse Farol de Barra Fortress of Santa Maria Forte Santa Maria is located at Porto da Barra, only 500 metres from the Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra (at the lighthouse).
    It was built during the government of D. Diogo Luís de Oliveria (1627-1635). The fort existed during the second Dutch invasion of Salvador in 1638, and was a part of the city defences. Forte Santa Maria has an Italian style design and was built in stonemasonry.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, popular discussion spot under the lawfull eye of Yemanja, goddes of the sea in the Candomblé religion Fisherman under Iemanja's careful watch After some hard labour at sea during the night the fishermen discuss things of daily life under the watchful eye of Iemanja, the godess of water and seas in their typical Candomblé-religion.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, local fisherman's community Community life The local community always takes care of it's members and a helpful hand is never far away when there is a need.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, fisherman cleaning fresh fish Cleaning the fish at the spot Fresh fish cleaned as soon as possible is a must to ensure the best quality. Could you imagine a more charming place to do this job ?
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, traditional mobile grocery store Our mobile grocery store Where we live in the old historic city center, we have daily delivery at our doorstep of some carefully selected fruits. Before getting in our neigborhood he has to climb a steep street. To prevent sliding back with his whole 'shop' this man simply does it barefooted.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, ride on the favella train along the suburbs of the city Ride on the favela-train Salvador presents many ways to undertake "social tourism" off the beaten tracks. One of our favorites is a ride on the "favela-train" in the suburbs of Salvador.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, near Bonfim Church Friendship is so important in Bahia This incredibly corageous man may have no more legs but he appreciates our friendship, time and time again.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, Bonfim Church Bonfim Church One of the most important pelgrim-places in Brazil, the famous Bonfim Church, also known for it's syncretism between catholic and candomblé religion.
  • Point of views in Salvador while visiting Bahia with Ivan Salvador da Bahia & official tour guide during the Salvador, 500 years in 1 day tour, Ribeira Ribeira's peninsula At the tip of the Ribeira pininsula one finds peace in the week and fiesta's in the weekends

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