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Brazil: Salvador da Bahia and the Chapada Diamantina

In ocean-side Salvador, the capital of Bahia, the influence of Africa dominates the culture and way of life. The multi-coloured Portuguese colonial heart of Brazil’s most exotic city throbs with drum and dance. Within the bay and further afield is a range of beach resorts, from the young and trendy to sophisticated luxury and barefoot paradises. Outside the city in former plantation country (the Recôncavo) there are charming, unspoilt backwater towns and ports. Over 300km inland is the forested Chapada Diamantina, studded with table-top mountains and run through with crystalline rivers and waterfalls: at its heart is the laid-back little town of Lençóis, base for visits and hikes in the area.

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Things to do in Salvador da Bahia and the Chapada Diamantina

Cachoeira centre

Historic Salvador walking tour

Chapada Diamantina cliffs

Explore the Chapada Diamantina

Cachoeira roadside

Visit Bahian Cachoeira

Dancers in Salvador

Afro-Brazilian dance show

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If you are heading From Salvador inland to the Chapada Diamantina, (an exquisite area of table mountains, waterfalls, aquamarine lakes and cavernous grottoes) do ask to stop en route at the picturesque riverside colonial town of Cachoeira for a guided tour including the baroque church and the old city hall -cum-jail. You'll learn about the history of this once important and prosperous river port, now a crumbling backwater although being sensitively restored. After this we had a Bahian-style lunch at the restored Convento do Carmo.

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