Salvador Capoeira Workshop
Duration: 1 hour
Similar to all great martial arts, there is a central philosophy and a way of life associated with being a capoeirista (a capoeira fighter). To become a true master, one must commit themselves to years of dedication that focuses on the finer details of this impressive art.
During the memorable visit to a traditional Capoeira School, you will be given the opportunity to meet multiple Capoeira group leaders, who will share details concerning the sport, its history and philosophy.
You can also try your hand at the instruments and learn the basic fight movements.
Upon their arrival in Brazil, Africans settlers felt the need to develop different methods to defend themselves against the violent encounters and repression of Brazilian settlers. These African individuals were constant targets of bloody practices and brutal punishments by the local plantation owners.
During attempts to escape these farms, they were cruelly persecuted by the authorities, who implemented extremely barbaric capturing techniques. The farmers forbade slaves from putting up any kind of struggle or fight.
Slaves therefore used the musical rhythm and fluid movements of African dances to allow them to create a martial art disguised as a dance. This was a vital instrument of both cultural and physical resistance.
Music also plays a very influential role in Capoeira, which is designed to only be performed with the full accompaniment of four berimbaus (a bowed one-stringed instrument and the Capoeira backbone), one conga, tambourines and an assortment of other percussion instruments.
Historical City Tour
Duration: 4 hours
This tour introduces you to Salvador City and immerses you in its unique culture, showing how it has been shaped over the centuries to become the Salvador of today.
The tour beings along the dazzling bay, and then eventually works its way through Salvador’s charming, tree-lined streets up to Pelourinho. This part of the city is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its brilliant and well-preserved colonial architecture.
Stepping out of the vehicle and leaving it behind in Municipal Square, close to the Lacerda lift, the tour will continue on foot, giving visitors the special opportunity to fully appreciate and embrace the splendid buildings that bring you back to the very beginning of this vibrant and unique city.
Along the way, the tour will also make a stop at the magnificent São Francisco Church, with its extravagant gold leaf baroque designs.
After this stop, the tour will head towards the Largo do Pelourinho, at the heart of the beautiful neighborhood.
Salvador Schooner Cruise
Duration: Half-day—approximately 4 hours
After our transfer from the hotel, we board a comfortable schooner and cruise to two of the 36 islands in this sparkling bay.
This is a day of rest, filled with relaxation offering great views of the city both on the outbound and homeward journeys.
Our first stop is Frades (or Monk’s) Island. Virtually uninhabited, the island is home to some of the best beaches in the bay. Here we have ample time to swim in the warm inviting waters or relax in the sun or the shade—and a cold drink is never far away.
Then we continue our cruise to the larger Itaparica Island for lunch. The colonial town of Itaparica is just a short distance by local transport for those interested in visiting this charming waterfront town (optional).
We return to the schooner, raise anchor and set off for Salvador with the setting sun flooding the city with its warm glow.
Salvador Percussion Workshop
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Bahia is the percussive heart of Brazil and is filled with a rhythmic myriad of African beats that have attracted many international musicians, such as, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson and Wayne Shorter, to these shores.
Guests will visit the percussion instrument maker’s workshop and learn the names of the instruments that are as wondrous as their sounds:
- Atabaques (tall, wooden Afro-Brazilian hand drums): Lê, Rum-pi, and Rum of the candomblé
- Surdo (a large low-tuned, double-headed bass drum—the heart of the samba)
- Caixa de guerra (a military-style snare drum)
- Timbau (a large hand drum lighter in weight)
- Repique (a two-headed Brazilian drum, known as the repinique outside of Bahia)
- Agogô (cone shaped, metal tuned bells attached to a handle)
- Maracas of the Ijexá
Workshops will be scheduled and given according to your skill level.
All talents and age groups are accommodated.
The rhythms can be chosen from the following:
- Rhythms of the Afro Blocos
- Ijexá—the shuffling rhythm of the famous carnival afoxé Filhos de Gandhy (the biggest afoxê in the world)
- Samba de Roda and Samba Dura—the powerhouse samba of the Reconcavo region
- Samba Reggae—a variation on the above, mixing reggae beats with Samba drums that originated in Bahia and launched Olodum onto the world stage