23/03/2012 - 26/03/2012 33 °C
Peering out of the taxi window to the cobblestone streets a certain uneasiness comes over you. Its just after midnight and we’re on our way from Salvador airport into the Pelorihno.
Possessing a reputation for being particularly unsafe, initial impressions of Salvador encourage your to lock your valuables in the room and venture out with little more than the cash required for the day.
The Pelorinho is Salvador's old town and the hub of Brazilian Afro culture in Salvador and Brazil. It has a magical carnival atmosphere regardless of the day or time of year and the cobblestone streets, cafes, bars, restaurants and colourful houses provide a brilliant day out.
Armed police on almost every corner makes for a much more relaxed day or night. It's almost impossible to walk for more than 100m without seeing one or more ‘Militar’ observing the streets, though the need for such a strong presence is a clear indication that without them Salvador would be a no go zone.
There are a number of city beaches 10 minutes or so from Salvador centro which also provide a fun afternoon. After our three nights though it was time to move on to some real beach time, on the island or Morro de Sao Paulo.