Go carnival crazy in Salvador, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro’s carnival may steal all the international headlines, but there’s a good reason more than 2.5 million people flock to the more northerly Brazilian city of Salvador each February for its very own Bahian Carnival. The event, which runs from February 23 to March 1 in 2017, features unique Candomblé religious dances, regional axé and forró music, and plenty of trios elétricos (electrically-amplified bands that play atop roving trucks). Salvador was the first colonial capital of Brazil and, to this day, contains one of Latin America’s largest collections of colonial buildings within its historic Pelourinho neighborhood. But perhaps it’s best known around the world as the beating heart of Afro-Brazilian culture and the birthplace of the martial art capoeira.