Historical Center - Pelourinho - Welcome to Salvador


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Youth and Family, Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, City


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 3



Spanish (fluent), Portuguese (fluent), Italian (basic), French (basic), English (fluent)

Historical Center of Salvador, first capital of Brazil - Half Day Tour

Pelourinho is a World Human Heritage recognized by UNESCO. Salvador was the first capital of Brazil (settled in 1549) and the first tour that you should do is in our historical center. Most of our museums, schools of music/dance, cultural centers, and some top restaurants are here -do no miss it!

I will pick up up in you hostel/hotel and them let's walk and explore some of the treasures of Colonial Years. The same historical center that made Jorge Amado, Pierre Verger, and Carybe love Bahia.

I do different routes in a 2-3 hour tour, according to your preferences, but highly recommend visit Igreja São Francisco (5 starts attraction according to Quatro Rodas Guide) and the sunset at Elevador Lacerda!


We will explore the whole area of upper city from Largo do Pelourinho until Elevador Lacerda: cultural centers, museums, hand made crafts of local artists, etc. I usually during the tours suggest a 30-40 minutes free time that might be used for a meal, shopping or going to any specific place that is requested by you. I usually suggest to start this tour around 2:30-3:00PM, so we are able to see sunset by the end of the tour.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Any place in central Salvador (Barra, Campo Grande, Ondina, etc until Rio Vermelho). Ask for a special tour if you are in Pituba, Itapuã, etc

End location: At the same place of picking up or at any nearby place requested by you (restaurants, shopping, etc)

Duration: 4 hours

This includes time of picking up and droping you off at the end of the tour. I usually recommend picking up at 2 PM to see sunset at the end of the tour.


Private car - FIAT Siena 2012 with AC. For bigger groups (more them 3, we can adjust the vehicle and transportation)

What’s Included

Other: My services as your personal guide to Salvador, Bahia and also
return transportation to and from your central location. Price is fixed for pick ups in Central Salvador (Barra, Ondina, Rio Vermelho). Please ask for prices pick ups in Pituba, Itapuã, etc

Estimated Local Cash Needed

40 reais - Some Museums charge from R$ 3 and on + Afro Museum R$ 10 + São Francisco Church Admission from r$5.

What’s Extra

Other: Meals - not included (costs depends on the restaurants, but usually it is around R$ 60/R$80 per person to have a typical lunch in town - muqueca)
Tickets for Churches, Museums (most of them are free of charge), etc - not included

A Recent Review of this tour

Sayuri is an outstanding guide, knowledgeable, helpful, and very sensitive to the interests of her clients. She speaks excellent English and is willing to go beyond the usual guiding material to in-depth explanations and insights. Her tour for me was a special request and she handled everything with grace and understanding. We had an excellent lunch with her after which she helped us to the airport. We would certainly use her services again if we return.
Anne S.

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