How to Spend One Day in Salvador

Brazil’s third largest city and the capital of the state of Bahia, Salvador is a cultural hub of music, art and history. Salvador was Brazil’s first capital and not far from where Portuguese explorers first landed, making it one of Brazil’s most historic cities. Legacies from these days are all over Salvador, from the European architecture and ancient military forts to slave-trading basements and rich Afro-Brazilian culture. Many stop in Salvador for just one or two days before continuing on to Bahia’s incredible beaches or the lush countryside. To take in the best of the Bahian capital, here’s how to spend one day in Salvador.

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June 13, 2016 by
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How to Spend One Day in São Paulo

South America’s largest city, São Paulo is a sprawling urban metropolis full of surprises. Brazil’s bustling financial capital of nearly 12 million people lives up to its reputation as a mega-city of extremes, with people from varying social classes and backgrounds all living within the city limits. From world-famous art to graffiti and street art, from Brazil’s finest dining to bustling markets, from spacious green parks to skyscrapers as far as the eye can see, São Paulo has so much to offer. If you’ve got limited time to explore this concrete jungle, here’s how to spend one day in São Paulo.

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March 8, 2016 by
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Nightlife in Manaus

Tucked in the middle of the jungle, thousands of miles away from Brazil’s recognized nightlife capitals like Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, and São Paulo, the Amazonian city of Manaus doesn’t exactly have a reputation for keeping the party going all night long. But that doesn’t mean the city is lacking in excitement, or options for diversion. In fact, the nightlife in Manaus is one of Brazil’s best kept secrets. Until now, that is.

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August 25, 2015 by
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Nightlife in São Paulo

Rio de Janeiro might get all the shine when it comes to exciting Brazilian cities, but real partiers know that the only game around is the nightlife in São Paulo. Brazil’s largest city is incomprehensibly relegated to second-tier status when it comes to promotion by the country’s tourism bureau and Brazilians themselves. But any city with 20 million people has to have a nightlife to match, and São Paulo is one of the few spots on the planet where the nightlife runs 24 hours.

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July 7, 2015 by
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Festa Junina in Brazil

Swinging your partner round and round isn’t just limited to square dancing at festivals in the U.S. — Brazil’s got its own brand of countryfied hoe-downs: the Festa Junina (the aptly named June Festival in English). This month-long explosion of food, dance, and bold, brashy rural culture takes place in churches, community centers, social clubs, schools, and town squares all over Brazil, but particularly in the Northeast of the country, where the tradition originated.

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June 1, 2015 by
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Dry Season Wildlife Spotting in the Pantanal

Brazil’s Pantanal is known as the world’s largest inland wetlands, but it’s not always wet. In fact, the whole region has a very distinct dry season between May and September. During that time, officially spanning Brazilian winter, despite what the thermometer might tell you, the ground water recedes and allows for the Pantanal’s largest land animals to frolic through the verdant grass and brush; the rainless days and sunny skies make the Pantanal’s dry season the perfect time of year for wildlife spotting.

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May 28, 2015 by
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