I live for over 25 years in Salvador, capital of Bahia, one of the most interesting, beautiful and diverse states in Brazil, in the region called the Northeast.
I was born in Belgium, where I grew up, studied, became an engineer, started to work and also to travel outside the European borders. On one of those journeys, I visited Brazil, fell in love with this fabulous tropical country and it's people and decided to come and live in Salvador.
This magic city seduced me from the first moment we met, received me with open arms and let me become a real "local". . . and after all these years I'm passionate about it!
For over 14 years now, I'm working as a professional licensed tour guide in the state of Bahia and especially in it's capital Salvador. At the bottom of this page you can see my official guide badge emitted by the Ministry of Tourism of Brazil.
I'm an open minded world citizen, communicative, friendly, courteous, respectful and honest.
I speak fluently English, French, Dutch and Portuguese and have good notions of Spanish and German.
With all my local experience (I turned into a real local or "Soteropoletano"!), general background, knowledge and culture, my expertise in "local" tourism and my passion for the city of Salvador and the state of Bahia and it's people in special, I'm more then ready to welcome you here in Salvador and Bahia and make the best of your visit and holidays here. I'll show you the best that Salvador and Bahia have to offer to enchant their visitors.
Come and experience this magic city and fantastic state. I'm waiting for you!
A Recent Review of this guide
Dirk is an engaging guide. He has an amazing knowledge of all aspects of this city as well as the local region. We spent a large amount of time in the old town visiting local buildings & churches to understand the history of Salvador. Even though we were held up by traffic & subsequently ran over the tour time, Dirk did not rush us & was able to explain the influence of many cultures & religions in great detail
I am a Regional Tour Guide in the state of Bahia, licensed by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism,
working since January 2004 almost exclusively with foreign tourists coming mostly from Europe, the USA and Canada.