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Explore the baroque city of Salvador

Salvador, Brazil

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Experience hosted by Ícaro

2.5 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in Portuguese, English, Spanish

What you'll do

A very nice architecture view about the portuguese colonial city. You will learn the history of the formation of the original nucleus of the city of Salvador from the vision of an architect and urban planner. You will get in touch with details of the Portuguese colonial urban design and baroque architecture present in the mansions, churches and public buildings. Our starting point will be the Tomé de Souza Square where is the Lacerda Elevator and some of the main public buildings of the Upper City. There you will know a little of the history of the city's foundation and its geographic and urban disposition in Cidade Alta (High City) and Cidade Baixa (Low City). From there we will depart towards the Pelourinho where more information about the Portuguese colonial urbanism and the baroque architecture will be presented. From Terreiro de Jesus Square, we will leave to explore the Church of São Francisco, one of the main baroque monuments of Brazil, where we will enter for a quick visit. Then we will continue along other streets of Pelourinho always with information about the architectural characteristics of the Baroque city to the Largo do Pelô, where new information regarding the architecture and society of the time will be presented. At this point we will finish our walking.
*This is not a tour, as I am not a tour guide. Here, we will see the historic city from the perspective of its architecture and urban colonial design, through the eyes of an architect and local resident.
Other things to note
Access to the São Francisco Church, which costs BRL$ 5 per person, is not included.
You will be able to buy your water during the tour.
Light clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.
Beachwear should be avoided to enter the Church of São Francisco.
A very nice architecture view about the portuguese colonial city. You will learn the history of the formation of the original nucleus of the city of Salvador from the vision of an architect and urban planner. You will get in touch with details of the Portuguese colonial urban design and baroque architecture present in the mansions, churches and public buildings. Our starting point will be the Tomé de Souza Square where is the Lacerda Elevator and…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Photographic record with cell phone camera, if the guest requests
From $13
/ person
Sun, Mar 7
$17 per person
$17 per person
Sun, Mar 7
$17 per person
$17 per person
Mon, Mar 8
$17 per person
$17 per person

Meet your host, Ícaro

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 73 Reviews
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I am an architect and urban planner trained for 12 years and a passionate about the history and culture of my city. In love with the Historic District Old Downtown of Salvador, where I defend the idea that knowledge and heritage education lead to its preservation. Currently, I develop research in the academic masters with a focus on this region. As an architect and urban planner, I offer a specific vision focused on baroque architecture and colonial urban design present in the Historic Center of Salvador, where I believe there is a good part of the soul and culture of this unique city in the world.

Please, note that my english is not a 100% good but I can make a good conversation and people can understand me easily.
I am an architect and urban planner trained for 12 years and a passionate about the history and culture of my city. In love with the Historic District Old Downtown of Salvador, where I defend the idea that knowledge and heritage education lead to its preservation. Currently, I develop research in the academic masters with a focus on this region. As an architect and urban planner, I offer a specific vision focused on baroque architecture and colonial urban design present in the Historic Center of…
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Where you'll be

In the Historical Center of Salvador, visiting, within the original nucleus of foundation of the City, its streets and historical buildings. Visit to the Church of San Francisco will be accompanied by comments on the architecture and baroque art present in that temple.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 73 reviews.

Raquel
February 2021
Ótimo passeio com informações sobre o início da formação abordando aspectos arquitetônicos e históricos, incluindo fotos que o Ícaro leva para mostrar a mudança que o local teve no decorrer do tempo. Pessoa agradável e de fácil comunicação, sem falar que a partir da chegada do Ícaro o pessoal que por ali fica parou de nos importunar, o que tbm é muito importante, pois a abordagem aos turistas é constante e exaustiva.
Ótimo passeio com informações sobre o início da formação abordando aspectos arquitetônicos e históricos, incluindo fotos que o Ícaro leva para mostrar a mudança que o local teve no…
Daniel
February 2021
Interesting and engaging tour of Salvador’s historic neighbourhood. Ícaro is super friendly, knowledgeable and full of wonderful stories. We had a great time and would highly recommend! 👌🙏
Jeff
February 2021
A experiência trazido por Ícaro foi sensacional. Ele é arquiteto, mas consegue associar diversas áreas do conhecimento no trajeto do passeio. História, Literatura, Arte, Arquitetura etc. Ademais, Ícaro é uma pessoa altamente agradável de manter diálogo, gosta de ajudar e conhece muito bem a cidade de Salvador e os detalhes por trás de cada espaço. Parabéns!
A experiência trazido por Ícaro foi sensacional. Ele é arquiteto, mas consegue associar diversas áreas do conhecimento no trajeto do passeio. História, Literatura, Arte, Arquitetur…
Gregory
February 2021
We had a great time on our tour with Ícaro! He’s very knowledgeable about his city and shared a ton of history and interesting facts with us. Money well spent and I would highly recommend the tour!
Doug
February 2021
Não será uma exageração para dizer que ter conhecido o centro com Ícaro foi uma dos dias mais memorável na minha história passeando no Brasil. Mesmo que não só mal informado sobre a história de Brasil e Salvador, o Ícaro trouxe um nível de conhecimento que não pode descobrir nos livros.
Não será uma exageração para dizer que ter conhecido o centro com Ícaro foi uma dos dias mais memorável na minha história passeando no Brasil. Mesmo que não só mal informado sobre…
Bianca
February 2021
Excelente experiência com o Ícaro. A visão que ele compartilha com a gente é muito real e se fosse sozinha não teria aproveitado nem 30% do passeio. Pra quem ama história é muito interessante fazer. E Ícaro é muito gente boa!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Sun block

Positive vibration and willingness to walk and learn