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Review of Pelourinho

Pelourinho
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US$87.00*
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Pelourinho Private Tour by Night
Ranked #1 of 268 things to do in Salvador
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Sometimes called the "city within a city," this old part of Salvador is worth visiting for its cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings, churches, restaurants, shops and nightlife.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful buildings - intimate setting. We stumbled onto the plaza during a session with Olodum playing their drums! Amazing. And then - the possibly spiritual hucksters set upon us - pushy and aggressive - wanting us to buy "blessed" items. It was overwhelming - and I was unprepared. It was uncomfortable and I didn't enjoy that experience at all. We went again the next day and things were much calmer. Would not hang out here at night or get too far off the tourist paths. Most of the time was fine though.

Thank GeorgiaCoffey
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"cobblestone streets"
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"be careful"
in 39 reviews
"colorful buildings"
in 8 reviews
"world heritage"
in 7 reviews
"armed police"
in 6 reviews
"michael jackson"
in 19 reviews
"old colonial"
in 7 reviews
"lots of shops"
in 7 reviews
"historic area"
in 7 reviews
"touristic place"
in 6 reviews
"colonial times"
in 6 reviews
"the main square"
in 14 reviews
"walk around"
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"every corner"
in 13 reviews
"live music"
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"felt safe"
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"restaurants and bars"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This part of Salvador has loads of history. The museum says 5 million African slaves were brought to Brazil through this port. Walking tours during daylight hours are highly recommended. Note that the area is not safe after dark. There are police on almost every corner, probably for good reason. Take care. The lower city/port should be avoided after dark. UBER and taxis are plentiful. The main square in Pelourinho has good restaurant/café/bar options. This neighborhood is a must-see if in Salvador.

Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great area to get some awesome photos and do some shopping, restaurants and people watch. We went on the weekend and the streets got packed around 7-8 for a concert. Bring your ID, they charged 20R for entry to see a live band in a outdoor club type setting. Really cool, good music.

Safety/helpful Notes: always negotiate cab fares prior to getting into a taxi. They will set the meters high and charge triple if you don’t set a price prior. Best is to do Uber if you have internet. We had internet in our hotel in Barra and paid 11R going to in an Uber, and negotiated 20R coming home (both to-from Barra).
Once you’re there,
Be careful of “information guides” that will walk with you through the area and demand money at the end, showing you to a bank. Just say no and walk away. There are many police in the area and we felt very safe. Same thing with the folks who paint tattoos on your arms. They will come up and start painting while you are taking photos and again ask for money when finished.... say no and walk away.

Thank Tasha W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was robbed at knifepoint and I met another guy who was robbed,too.
The police just patrol and guard for prevention but don't do anything to catch the robbers as it happens too often.

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

This is an historical spot in Salvador. It has been through a lot of ups and downs but it is still a place everyone who comes to Salvador must see. Do not miss it

Thank Thomas E
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DITUR S, Gerente at Pelourinho, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

It really is a unique and unmissable place. also, we have to have some resistance to go up and down slopes.
We thank you for your visit and come back often!


Ass.: Prefeitura Municipal do Salvador.

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