Sultry Salvador , the heartland of Afro-Brazilian culture, was the main entry point for slaves from the African continent. Their legacy lives on in capoeira and spicy cuisine. If you do only one thing Take a walking tour of the Pelourinho, a Unesco World Heritage Site (the neighbourhood still has an edge though). Here you'll find capoeira and drumming schools, many offering classes to tourists. On Tuesday nights there's a massive street party, including drumming group Olodum. Where to hang out Rio Vermelho is an up-and-coming area for nightlife with a bohemian flavour. Look out for the barracas do acaraje - stalls selling street foods. Escape the crowds Most people head north by bus to Bahia's golden beaches dotted with laid-back resorts. In the rainy season, which coincides with the World Cup, head to the wild Chapada Diamantina. Fly from Salvador to Lencois, where agencies provide walking guides and camping gear.
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