The Afro-Brazilian Culture of Salvador
Salvador de Bahia is the beating heart of Afro-Brazilian culture, the birthplace of capoeira and the spot where Michael Jackson famously proclaimed "They Don't Care About Us." From its distinctive Candomblé religion to its unique food, clothing, music and art, this city is the finest spot in Brazil — some would say the entire Americas — to delve into vibrant West African traditions kept alive for centuries. Home to the first slave market on the continent, the city's historic Pelourinho neighborhood is today a World Heritage Site full of wedding cake–colored mansions that house hotels, bars, and restaurants popular with tourists.
What you need to know: Salvador is the third largest city in Brazil with a sizable airport that receives international flights from Miami and connections from Rio and São Paulo.