Salvador Carnaval, Brazil

Salvador Carnaval, Brazil

Rio Carnaval (yes, it is spelt that way) is well known for its dancing and costumes. But Brazil loves Carnaval and the Salvador event is quite different and growing in popularity. Last year over one million people were on the streets to see and hear the procession.

Salvador Carnaval is all about singers and bands, and they progress through the main routes from late afternoon into the night on huge lorries. There are three ways to enjoy: in the street (very crowded) with one of the bands (walking behind the lorry in a group) or in a Camerote (overlooking the street a hall with balcony and food and drink.

We found this to be a very Brazilian event unlike Rio this is not yet a big international event so there is little provision for foreign visitors. This is great because you really experience the event like a local, the only negative being that it is a little harder to book because most sites are in Portuguese, and tickets (t-shirts in fact) must be collected locally. We think this is for the slightly braver tourist it is crowded & noisy and feels a little like a rock concert.

Salvador itself has some sights to offer of course, and it is worth spending some extra days here to visit the magnificent churches and just experience the lifestyle.

Please browse our photo album as it will help you get some idea of what the carnival is like. Then look at the official site as well: Carnaval and of course if you want to ask us a question about our visit then Email the Editor.


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