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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 20, 2011
Transfer from SSA airport to Iberostar Bahia

Could anyone suggest a reliable service/taxi to/from airport to Iberostar Bahia resort. Tks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2011
Transfer from SSA airport to Iberostar Bahia

Could anyone suggest a reliable service/taxi to/from airport to Iberostar Bahia resort. Tks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2011
Meet up for drinks  (8 Answers)

Hello all! I have been living in Salvador over a year now and would love to meet up with 'gringo's that live in Salvador too! I have looked on internations and not many people have signed up there, please reply if interested!
Giselle, and a few others...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2011
Salvador da bahia  (1 Answer)

Please, somebody help! I need 4 badroom house in Salvador for the whole year, and i can't find it! Pweasee recommend me snth.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2011
Cheap trip to Morro de S Paulo?  (3 Answers)

We would like to go from Salvador to Morro de S Paulo, but the trips seem to be very expensive -70 reais-, can anyone recommend a cheaper way?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2011
Tour guide?  (3 Answers)

Hi all,

I'm in Salvador for just one day (getting to the airport at 6am, leaving at 2am) on April 22.

any ideas for where to get a tour guide to pick me up and spend the whole day showing me around? I speak portuguese.

I have suitcases, so hopefully I can leave those in a locker somewhere at the airport.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2011
accomodation near the airport?  (2 Answers)

I will be arriving at Salvador late in the night, I wonder if anyone can recommend me a safe and unexpensive hotel near the airport...?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 27, 2011
what do to in Salvador da Bahia  (2 Answers)

I am due to attend a wedding just outside Salvador da Bahia on Sat 18th June. I will be arriving on Friday 17th and staying until Sat 25th and wondered if it was worth staying in Salvador and the surrounding area for the whole time or should I fly down to Iguacu Falls and Rio? I want to know if there is plenty to do in Salvador for 10 days or if I should travel around Brazil? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2011
futbol schedule?  (3 Answers)

Can somebody help me find a futbol schedule for Salvador? Would like to see if my dates me up with a local game here.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2011
learning portuguese  (3 Answers)

Hi VTers,
I´m planning to spend a few weeks in Salvador de Bahia and take some portuguese lessons. Can you recommend my any schools? Apart from that, were should I find accomodation? I´ve been to Pelourinho before and I liked it, but i´m not sure it is the best option - too many tourists.
Any suggestions are welcome!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2011
vist to Bahia in mid March 2011  (2 Answers)

We are finalizing our trip to Bahia and are at a standstill. We are a family of 5, 2adults 2boys 22 & 17 and 1girl 17. We are arriving in Salvador on 19th Mar and rtn is Sun 27th Mar. We would like to combine Chapada Diamantina National Park and also some beach maybe even surfing. My husband wants to do a self drive but we have been unable to figure out how to put everything together. Any suggestions would be wonderful.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2010
Bus From Porto Seguro to Salvador

Has anyone traveled between Porto Seguo and Salvador? I believe the bus from Salvador to Porto Seguro is an overnight trip - leaving Salvador at 9pm and arriving in Porto Seguro at 7am. BUT - I have been unable to find any information about the trip in the other direction. Does anyone know what time the bus leaves Porto Seguro going to Salvador and what time it arrives in Salvador? Also, if anyone has information on fares that would be helpful. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2010
family travel tips for Salvador  (6 Answers)

We are a family of 6 and want to spend a few days in Salvador in December 2010 before driving up the coast to Joao Pessoa. Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably priced, safe place for a family to stay. Also we want to rent a vehicle for the 6 of us to drive up the coast. Any companies you can recommend? We are thinking about having 3 days in Salvador, what must we see?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2010
Carnaval 2011  (2 Answers)

I a planning to attend my 1st Carnaval in Salvador 2011. I am researching and finding (as expected) that the pousadas, apartments, and hotels are priced very high compared to even the high season. Ok, so given that can anyone recommend a a good place to stay for 2 or 3 50ish year old men. Not really looking for the big hotels, pousadas are fine, or even an apartment (with a relatively good rate for the carnaval season) we can share the cost. Also, are there any places not inside the city core that will still allow ready access to and from the circuits for the evenings. Looking at the map I see some islands very close to Salvador, it is reasonable to stay at one of these and boat/ferry to the city? I'm just brainstorming here and so will greatly appreciate any advise you can share. thanks in advance. George from Seattle

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2010
transfert from airoport to rodoviaria in salvador de bahia  (6 Answers)

anyone can tell me wich bus/onibus goes from salvador's airport to rodoviaria? we arrive at 6.00 p.m. from europe and need to reach the rodoviaria at 7.30 p.m, do you know how long it takes? thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2010
Arriving from Canada, transferring from Sao Paulo airport to Salvador  (6 Answers)

Hi there
I've heard that transferring at Sao Paulo airport to go to Salvador is not easy.
I read in one online article that you have to go through customs and then go back to an airline check-in desk and line up there again.
I don't have much time between connections so I really would like to avoid lining up in the wrong line for an hour and then finding out I have to go somewhere else to line up, so any advice anyone can give would be great!

I would be flying with TAM from Toronto Canada to Sao Paolo and then transferring to go to Salvador (also with TAM).

Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2010
Taxi from salvador airport to Iberostar Bahia hotel?

Hi, We'll be arriving from a long flight, via Sao Paolo on Saturday afternoon 13th Feb, which I understand is carneval!We will just want to get to the hotel asap.Unfortunately the hotel does not provide a shuttle service and has only offered telephone numbers of some companies.Can anyone recommend a good reliable company I could book in advance via the internet/email rather than leave it until we arrive?
Any advice much appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2009
all vt tips abour salvador copied  (9 Answers)

I was looking inthe web for info on a restaurant in Bahia and I found a blog page named projecto gives info on salvador da Bahia and more....reading a bit I noticed some words that I know...I was reading my vt tips in this blog!!!!
there is a page on the Bahia restaurant complitely cpiod from VT tips and I haven't look for more inthe other sections.....

I was a little bit disappointed but I realized that at the end Vt is a big info comunity and If you want to copy up to you...the best was to put a mention on the source!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2009
Considering moving to Salvador for a few months  (4 Answers)

Hello all:

I am planning on moving to Salvador sometime in January (at least that is what I hope) to improve my Portuguese, make some contacts, and see the country. One of my dreams is to open a bar or restaurant in Brasil, at some point in the future. To that end I have a strong desire to work in a bar or restaurant, or something related to that. I understand getting a work visa is next to impossible. Is it unrealistic to think I can find a job in the service industry and work under the table? I.E. as a server, barback, etc?

Also, can anybody help me with the most basic of things, ie, housing, other jobs I can get, and good things to know?! I'm not really trying to make's more about making contacts. As far as language goes I'm fluent in Spanish and have taken about a year of Portuguese, so I would say I'm intermediate/advanced but still have room for improvement. Obviously so many questions so if anyone is on Orkut, facebook, or gmail, lets connect! I will give you my info.

By the way I have lived in the Dominican Republic before so I am familiar with the developing world, although I'm hoping Salvador is a little more developed than Santo Domingo! Lets keep in touch guys and thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2009
Getting sick from swimming in beaches  (2 Answers)

I am curious about whether anyone gets sick from swimming in the ocean by areas where the rivers dump into the ocean? I know they do in Rio and it is advised not to go swimming on the beaches there but I am going to Salvador and would like to go kiteboarding. I have concerns though as I read that one of the more popular kiteboarding spots is close to an area where the river dumps into the ocean. Does anyone have experience with this who has visited from outside the country of Brazil?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2009
Great Trip  (3 Answers)

Thanks to everyone for your help. We have returned. Everyone kind of freaked me out before we left about safey and crime. If you don't get drunk. wander around alone in dark places, act natural, and even use a small map and ask questions, barely know the language you csn have a safe and fun filled trip. Everyone was super nice and helpful. We traveled on public transport, even the cheaper non airconditioned buses and got where we wanted. We did not return to our hotel real late at night and it was not Carnaval time.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2009
activities  (2 Answers)

We will be in Salvador 4 days...what is the best and safest way to get around.
We are going August 7 to 11th.
what are the main attractions, the order to seee them? Things to do near the city and how to get there by public transport...culture, nature, folklore etc.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2009
Accomodation for one person to live alone with wi fi if possible in Barra, Salvador da Bahia  (2 Answers)

Anyone know where I can find a decent apartment/studio/ flat in Barra. if it had a washing machine and wi fi that'd be really excellent. so far been quoted really high prices per month. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2009
Superficial question- place to get US/European cosmetics/skincare in Salvador da Bahia  (2 Answers)

Hi, I'll be staying in Salvador da Bahia for 3 months this summer and I was wondering if there's anywhere I can get brands like L'oreal, Clinique, Dermalogica, Origins, Aveda, Bare Escentuals or organic/local brands. It would be great to not have to bring lots of stuff with me knowing i could buy stuff there. Might as well contribute to the local economy and all too.

Superficial,girly, but practical question.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2009
Eating for under £5/5.50euro/$7.75 in Barra, Accommodation in Barra for under £23/25.50 euro/$34  (3 Answers)


I just got quotes for accommodation in Barra for £23 per night with breakfast from Caledonia Languages and then it's another £5 for dinner.

Does anyone think I could get decent healthy food in Barra for less, so i'd just pay £23 per night?

By the way I was quoted £395 for portuguese lessons from 9am to 12.30pm for 10 days of lessons. Any opinions.

Caledonia offer it all, food, accom, lessons as a package.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2009
airport to rodoviaria

Can anyone tell me how long it takes to get from the airport to the bus station by Taxi - I'm plannning to do this in the evening and want to make sure that I will get my connection. (otherwise I'm hanging about the bus station all night!!
Also with domestic flights in Brazil - do you have to book in 1 hour before? and can I assume that I will be able to clear the airport with bags quite quickly on landing?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2009
Floods  (2 Answers)

I am planning to go to Salvador for 4 days approximately on the 3rd week of May. I've read about the terrible floods affecting the NE of Brazil, my sympathy for those who have had losses.
Does anyone know if Salvador has been affected? I may consider to stay in Rio if the situation is not looking very good.

thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2009
Cities connected to SAA Salvador da Bahia airport  (4 Answers)


I'm planning a trip to Bahia for the beginning of june, hopefully for three months. I'm travelling from Ireland which could make for a very complicated journey, so I was wondering if anyone can give me a list of all the non-Brazilian airports connected to Salvador da Bahia SAA airport so I can see if any of those connect to my local airport so I can plan the least complicated journey possible.

I've looked at the airport website and it doesn't give me much info. Because all the other alternatives involve 3 or 4 flights, and because I will almost certainly have to change my returning flights, finding a flight that involves just one change would help me out a great deal.


Can't wait to go.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2009
Dentists in Salvador  (2 Answers)

I am planning on a visit to Salvador da Bahia and want to get major dental work done while there, since the cost is outrageous in the USA. All of the resources I've seen for Brazilian Dentists - particularly those who speak English, are in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo. Can anyone suggest an online list of dentists in Salvador, with links to the clinic's websites? Or can anyone share their experiences with a particular dentist, either good or bad. I really prefer to go to someone who can communicate in English and who regularly sees foreigners who go to Brazil for the lower prices. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2009
English website for AZUL airlines!  (5 Answers)


Can any body please privide the English version to the new Brazil Airline, Azul and TAM airlines?

Thank you.

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