Salvador, Brazil Meet the locals

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Salvador: Half-Day Candomblé Ceremony Experience

1. Salvador: Half-Day Candomblé Ceremony Experience

The history of the City of São Salvador of Bahia has as one of its main features the cultural wealth inherited from African peoples. Through centuries of struggle of our ancestors to assert their faith in African gods, a new religious structure known as Candomblé emerged; an African-Brazilian religion of worship to the Orixas, a living manifestation of the resilience and the spiritual strength of Africans and their descendants in Brazil. Orixas, Inquices and Voduns...African gods who crossed the seas and sustained their devotees' spirits in overcoming obstacles amidst the torments inflicted by slavery. You'll respectfully immerse yourself in this universe of faith, in order to experience such manifestation of ancestral religiosity, In the night when women and men summon the gods to earth, through their rituals, rhythms, songs, colors, food, and their reverence. The Orixas accept the invitation, and these gods dance, celebrate and bless their people.  The itinerary is prepared by a member of this religion, aiming to provide you the opportunity to witness the most beautiful legacy left by the African ancestors in the New World.

Salvador: Half-Day Saramandaia Favela Tour

2. Salvador: Half-Day Saramandaia Favela Tour

Living in a multicultural city, but historically marked by sharp socioeconomic inequalities, leads to development of strategies to combat social stratification and exclusion. Saramandaia is a low-income, majority black community located within noble neighborhoods in Salvador. Like many other similar communities, it is characterized by abject poverty and insufficient assistance by governmental bodies, and consequently resulting in high rates of violence. In this context, 3 residents have elaborated strategies that seek to reclaim the historical identity of its residents. Despite facing multiple barriers, in 2003 they founded the conscious art project, an initiative that has been transforming the community's reality, by providing assistance to young men and women, aiming at transforming their unfavorable conditions of socioeconomic exclusion. On this tour, you'll visit this important social project that seeks to transform their lives through arts and sports, utilizing graffiti, capoeira, boxing and percussion in organized courses and workshops. This tour promotes interaction and participation between you, the students and members of the community, so that you can experience the transforming power of these initiatives.

Salvador: 4-Hour Candomblé Mysteries Tour

3. Salvador: 4-Hour Candomblé Mysteries Tour

Salvador is a city that holds that largest black population outside the African continent and hence, it is known as the Black Rome. It has preserved as part of its historical legacy an intense African-Amerindian religiosity.  The city safeguards charms and mysteries, hidden in magnificent places that you will have the opportunity to visit through this itinerary, carefully prepared in order to demystify erroneous notions and impressions disseminated over several centuries about religions of African origin in the world. The route begins in the Afro-Brazilian Museum which, through its collection, narrates the history of enslaved Africans and the transatlantic trade, and the ebb and flow of enslaved peoples and their identities. The artifacts come from several regions of the African continent, allowing you to understand the countless intellectual, artistic, cultural and religious manifestations of these peoples in Brazil. You will visit the Pierre Verger Foundation, the French anthropologist responsible for developing literary and photographic records of the history of slavery, and extensive audio visual documentation. You will get to know a maroon community, places that served as a haven for black people and their African gods during the colonial and post-abolition periods in Brazil. Soon after, you will get to know a Candomblé terreiro from the ewe-fon a nation of daomeniana origin and have the opportunity to consult the sacred oracle (optional activity - extra cost). As you walk through the streets, you will see the urban and cultural development of a slum originated from a maroon community, in the company of guide from the community, who is initiated in these traditions and knowledgeable of these historical processes.

Salvador: Baiana Cooking Class with Market Visit & Lunch

4. Salvador: Baiana Cooking Class with Market Visit & Lunch

Experience the exotic flavors and aromas of Salvador (São Salvador da Bahia), and learn about the African, Portuguese and indigenous legacies of its cuisine. Meet a family from the community and learn how to prepare and cook some Afro-Brazilian food. Follow an itinerary carefully crafted to provide the best flavors for your palate at a cooking class run in accordance with traditions and religious customs. Chat with the family as you prepare your own lunch!  Start with a visit to a seafood market, and learn about the best fish to use for different types of recipe. Prepare to cook a fish stew known as "moqueca" (a typical Afro-Brazilian local dish). Pick up some vegetables at another food market, along with some tropical fruit that you will use to make a caipirinha (Brazil's national cocktail). Next, prepare the delicacies in a popular neighborhood, guided by your host family. Discover how to prepare the dishes according to Afro-Brazilian traditions, and savor the flavors of the African Diaspora. As their ancestors would say: "ajeum" ("eating is sacred").

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Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Very unique experience visiting Candomble with the guide. Since it's not an open ritual it was located in the private home-alike environment. It was repetitive, but engaging, spectators were invited to take a part in the ritual as well. It is great if you already know more about Candomble before the ritual, so it's easier to understand what each song/prayer symbolizes. But at the same time the guide was all the time providing more information about the process.

I went on the tour with Vagner. He had lots of knowledge about the history of Salvador but also was very knowledgeable about Candomble and traditional African religions. I learned a lot and would highly recommend this tour with Vagner. I also got a reading at Vodun Zo- which was very accurate.

Best ever? The guide was so insightful and had a fantastic rapport with the locals. He guided us unobtrusively and spoke very good English.

Great guide. English excellent. Knowledge of subject great. Kept us interested the whole tour.

We had an excellent guide who made us understand the springs of candomblé.