How to get there
The lowest round-trip air fare between Boston and Salvador, Brazil, at press time was $892 on United Airlines.
What to do
General information about Salvador and the state of Bahia.
For broader information about tourism in Brazil, visit this website of the tourism office at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington.
Tourism Information Office
Rua das Larangeiras, 12, Pelourinho
Maps, brochures, and advice on the Pelourinho, the colonial quarter whose cobblestone streets and colorful houses, churches, and bars are Salvador's main attraction.
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco
Praa Anchieta, Pelourinho
The baroque faade of this 18th-century convent and church gives way to a courtyard of blue Portuguese tile and a sanctuary decorated in a gold leaf arabesque. About 75 cents.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora doRosario dos Pretos
Praa Jose de Alencar, Pelourinho
The first Roman Catholic church built for Afro-Brazilian parishioners, its interior features imagery and sculptures of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and other saints as blacks. Behind the church is a slave cemetery. Free.
Praa 15 de Novembro, Pelourinho
The museum has ceramics, tapestries, religious icons, and paintings tracing the history of Brazil's African heritage. About 75 cents.
Where to stay
Tropical da Bahia Hotel
Avenida 7 de Setembro, 1537
One of several four-star, corporate-friendly hotels near Salvador's beaches and the Pelourinho. Rooms $75-$250 with breakfast.
A Casa das Portas Velhas
Largo da Palma, 6, Santana
Newly opened, this restored 19th-century mansion offers luxury and chic decor without sacrificing local flavor. Rooms $180-$450, with breakfast.
Where to eat
Restaurante Escola SenacPelourinho
Praa Jose de Alencar, 13, Pelourinho
This restaurant school (the waiters are maitre d's in training) lays out a 40-plate buffet of local fare, including vegetable stews, rice dishes, and seafood. Dinner about $8.
Maria Mata Mouro
Rua Inacio Accioli, 8, Pelourinho
Hip and happening, the best tables are beneath the treetops of the patio. Steaks and seafood, with a nouveau-Bahian flair. Entrees $12-$20. Daily 12 a.m.- 1 a.m.
Alaide do Feijao
Ladeira do Pax, 2, Pelourinho
A down-home joint that, while not for the finicky, serves feijoada as it was meant to be: heaps of beans, rice, and meat in a simple, open-air dining room. About $4.