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Salvador is considered the country’s soul and the birthplace of Brazilian culture. The local cuisine, music, dance and vibrant visual arts are all testaments to its pervasive African influence.

Salvador is considered the country’s soul and the birthplace of Brazilian culture. The local cuisine, music, dance and vibrant visual arts are all testaments to its pervasive African influence.

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  • 1. Ils3.com DiscoverSouthAmerica.travel DiscoverCentralAmerica.travel DiscoverBrazil.com Salvador, Brazil – Best Destination Highlighted in the New York Times Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, March 6th 2009 – As the dollar continues to gain value over currencies in Latin America, travel is becoming even more accessible for the discerning client. Of the many culturally and ecologically rich sites to visit, one city in particular – Salvador da Bahia in northeast Brazil – is garnering attention. The oldest city in Brazil and its first capital, Salvador was a major post for the slave trade and is now a thriving center of Afro-Brazilian life. Salvador is considered the country’s soul and the birthplace of Brazilian culture. The local cuisine, music, dance and vibrant visual arts are all testaments to this pervasive African influence. As one of Brazil’s greatest historical destinations, the city is filled with churches, homes and forts that reflect stunning Portuguese architecture from the Baroque period. Outside the city lie some of Northeastern Brazil’s most pristine beaches, including the renowned Praia do Forte and Costa do Sauípe. Considered Brazil's most artistic city, Salvador has a lively art scene and its streets are filled with dance and music all year round. As one of the most sought after destinations in Latin America, Salvador da Bahia has recently won the attention of the New York Times, highlighted in the article 36 Hours in Salvador, Brazil by Seth Kugel. In the article, Kugel enthusiastically notes just how connected the coastal city is with its African Past. “Nowhere in Brazil”, he writes, “is the deep influence of three and a half centuries of slavery so obvious, from the color of people’s skin to the color of the food (often orange, from the ubiquitous use of dendê, or red palm oil); from the deep influence of the African-derived religious traditions of candomblé to the musical beats of axé and samba.” Traveling from neighborhood to neighborhood, Kugel provides a play by play guide to some of the most culturally affluent areas in the city. “Spend your first night in Rio Vermelho,” he encourages, “where the action starts at happy hour. Choose a plaza and grab one of the tables tended by waiters from nearby bars. Then send a friend to wait in line at the stands where women in traditional Bahian dress make acarajé, frying balls of dough in dendê oil until crispy, splitting them in half and slathering them with sauces, shrimp and wicked malagueta peppers.” For the nightlife patrons, he encourages travelers to visit a Borracharia, a tire repair shop that turns into a full on club when the lights go down. And for travelers looking for a more cultured experience, the Pelourinho district or old town proves just the thing. With its winding coble stone streets, its Baroque pastel colored buildings, or in the gold dazzled churches that litter the area, there is enough to feast and fascinate the eyes. With Kugel’s suggestions in mind, and with the help of South America’s leading travel provider – the Discover.Travel Group – visiting Salvador becomes every bit a possibility. For those willing to let go, to be taken away by the tropical air, the smell of the South Atlantic, and rich beat of the drum that so
  • 2. Ils3.com DiscoverSouthAmerica.travel DiscoverCentralAmerica.travel DiscoverBrazil.com permeates this colonial city, the tailor-made vacation packages the Discover.Travel Group’s specialized Travel Consultants create individually for each client provide unique travel experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. And with good exchange rates, weather, and a recently introduced direct flight from Miami, there is no better time to go. For further information on travel destinations, services, hotels and contact with a specialized travel consultant please visit the Discover.Travel Group’s websites www.Discover.Travel, www.DiscoverBrazil.com, www.DiscoverSouthAmerica.Travel and www.DiscoverCentralAmerica.Travel. Recent accomplishments by Intelligent Leisure Solutions and the Discover.Travel Group: • 2008 Ulysses Award for Innovation in Tourism Enterprises from the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization), • World Travel Award 2008 for South America’s Leading Travel Management Company, • World Travel Award 2008 for Central America’s Leading Travel Agency, • Managing Partner Robert Phillips was elected ASTA Chapter President for Brazil. • Selected by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism as an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. • Authenticated by the Tralliance Corporation and the .Travel Registry. References: Kugel, Seth. 36 Hours in Salvador, Brazil. [Online] Accessed on the World Wide Web at: http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/travel/01hourscol.html?scp=1&sq=36%20hours%20in%20salvad or&st=cse Contact: Email Address: ops@ils3.com Telephone Number +1-888-457 3266 Fax Number +55-71-3113 4203 www.Discover.Travel www.DiscoverBrazil.com www.DiscoverSouthAmerica.Travel www.DiscoverCentralAmerica.Travel