Bahia Introduction

The Brazilian coastal state of Bahia is located in the northeastern portion of the country on the Atlantic coast. The fourth most populous state and the fifth largest by area, it boasts over 900km of pristine coastline. Its capital, Salvador, is a marvel of charming colonial architecture and vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture, while there are numerous beautiful coastal spots nearby, such as Praia do Forte and Morro de Sao Paulo.

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=> Check our Salvador City Guide
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Salvador and Around
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Salvador WaterfrontBahia's rich culture spans over five centuries, and it features some of the best ecological sites in the nation, as well as a delightful festival culture. In Salvador, make sure you have the opportunity to experience the drum-fueled traditional Afro-Brazilian dancing, and Candomble rituals.
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Salvador, and Bahia in general, are regions in an upswing. A prominent port exporting sugarcane, fruit, cocoa, soy, and petrochemicals, the economy further improved with vast oil discoveries in the middle of the 20th century. With Brazil's tourism boom, Salvador has also taken center stage, allowing for much-needed spending on infrastructure and health projects.

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=> Salvador features a year round hot and humid climate, although the southern coast does have cooler winters.

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Outside of Salvador
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The vast majority of tourists will want to head to the Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina, located in central Bahia, where you can enjoy spectacular waterfalls and dazzling plateaus. Or head to the coastal Parque Nacional Marinho de Abrolhos, where you can experience some of the country's best whale watching and diving.
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Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina

The car-free Morro de Sao Paulo, just 50km south of the city of Salvador, offers incredible ecotourism, while the southern villages of Arraial d'Ajuda and Trancoso offer lush rolling hills adjoining spectacular stretches of white sand beaches.
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=> And inland, the historic diamond mining center of Lencois offers wonderful hiking opportunities, with its beautiful rushing rivers and mining culture.
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