Nowhere is the Afro-Brazilian culture more prominent than in Salvador. The preserved city with its Baroque houses and Renaissance buildings dotted along the narrow cobbled streets city was Brazil's first capital, earning its wealth through sugar cane. This led to an influx of slaves – around five million - brought in from Africa to work on the growing sugar plantations and settling there.
The African influence is in its food, its people, and its music. A hypnotic blend of reggae, rock and afoxé seeps through every crack in the wall, every day of the year, but especially during Carnaval. Each year around two million visitors from all over the country book flights to Salvador to participate in Carnaval, the second largest in Brazil and some say even better than Rio's. Travellers thinking of visiting should book their Salvador flights during this festive time to experience one of the most vibrant cities in Brazil.
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