Carnival in Salvador, Bahia – Carnival in Bahia is one of the best in Brazil. Millions of people hit the streets to celebrate the biggest party in the world. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this is the biggest street party in the world. Everyone who’s ever gone to Salvador for Carnival has stories of partying, meeting people and leaving the party just to return to the party later for another round and it goes on all night long for 5 days. So, prepare yourself to get some rest during the day so you can be in the streets all night long. If you like humungous street parties, Salvador, Bahia is the place you want to be. It’s a crowd participation party as parades of live bands on big tall floats with powerful sound systems roll through the city and endless crowds of partiers follow along dancing and drinking until the point of passing out. TGW already includes these parties in your package!!!
- Flight Time: Salvador: Direct flight from Miami (8 hrs), Most flights have to connect in Sao Paulo, which is a 2 hour flight to Salvador
- Main Airports: Salvador – Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA)
- Language: Portuguese
- Weather: 80′s – 90′s F
- Currency: Real, 1.80 – 2.20 Reals to the US Dollar
- Population: Salvador – 3 Million (5 million during Carnival)
- Tourist Attractions: Salvador – Pelourinho (Historic Center), Mercado Modelo
Carnival Frequently Asked Questions:
What’s the difference between Carnival in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro?
Most Brazilians feel that Carnival in Salvador is Brazil’s craziest Carnival. The biggest difference between the main events in Salvador and Rio is that the Samba Parade in Rio is more of a show that you sit and watch and Salvador takes its parties to the streets. In recent years, Rio de Janeiro has incorporated the street blocos to its events, but they are not as organized as Salvador and are free for everyone vs. Salvador, which you need to purchase your entrance into the street parties. Below you will see an explanation of the parties.
Is this El Salvador in Central America?
NO!! Salvador is a city in the Northeast of Brazil. It is called Salvador, Bahia – not El Salvador in Central America. The city is located about 900 miles from Rio and is a historic coastal city with a population of about 1 million residents.
What are the parties like in Salvador?
Parties in Salvador are all Street Parties with thousands of people going wild in moveable parties called “blocos”. and Camarotes. These blocos feature some of Brazil’s hottest bands and stars singing live on top of huge trucks inside the blocos. (some artists in recent years have been Shakira, as well as U2!!!) The second type of parties are called “Camarotes.” Camarotes are grandstand parties similar to clubs that overlook the blocos along the parade routes.
Why is Carnival in Salvador much more expensive than Rio? Aren’t the street parties free in Salvador?
No!! In Salvador, you must purchase tickets or party shirts known as “abadas” in order to attend any party. Street parties are roped off by security and you must purchase the abadas (included in our package) in order to gain entry. Abadas range in cost from USD$50 per shirt all the way to over USD$500 per shirt per person per night!!! (you can see people on our site wearing the colorful tank tops/abadas ). Abadas are in very high demand and are very difficult to purchase. TGW purchases all abadas about 10 months in advance of Carnival every year!!!
What quality level of abadas (parties) do you offer?
Our Carnival package offers an EXCELLENT level of abadas (ranges between 200 and 500 dollars) for some of the best parties Carnival in Salvador has to offer. Remember, the better the party, the more upscale the crowd, the better the band, and the safer the bloco!!
What is Carnival like in Rio de Janeiro?
Carnival in Rio is basically watching the samba schools parade at a place called the Sambodromo. Samba schools feature people in costumes and parade floats and samba music. The spectacle is very cool, but it is really something that people only go watch one night and not something that you can typically participate in unlike Salvador.
Do you offer packages to Rio during Carnival?
Of course, we offer packages to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival. We also consider Carnival in Rio as one of the best parties in the world, but we always aim to provide our clients with the most fun & local experience. This is why we offer the two best Carnivals in Brazil.
What if I am from overseas? What can be done about the flights?
If you are coming from overseas, we can either sell you a “LAND ONLY” package, which includes everything but the airfare or sell you the complete itinerary from your respective city as we can sell airfare from all over the world.
Do I have to book everything right now and pay in full?
No. Typically you need about 40 – 60 percent of the package to book and we can spread the remaining payments until November or December. If you wait until, November or December, we may be able to split the payments in two, but it isn’t guaranteed.
What kinds of services/assistance does TGW offer while in Carnival?
TGW offers 24 hour assistance to all clients on our trips. We have 1 staff bilingual (Portuguese/English) staff member for every 10 people on the trip. Staff members are always highly visible and available inside all street parties/clubs/camarotes and are there to assist you in any way (translating, emergencies…. anything!!!) This is especially important in Salvador as there are very little non-Brazilian tourists and English is not widely spoken by any means!!!
What is the Carnival group like every year? (size/ages/sex/nationality,etc?)
Our group varies each year between 50 and 100 people. As far as composition of the group, typically our clients are between 20 and 45 years old. We have even had party animals in their 80s!!! The group is a mix of guys, girls, couples and are from all over the country. We also have many repeat clients and clients from Canada, Australia and other countries all over the world!!
I am traveling alone. Can you find me a roommate?
Yes. Every year we have about 20 people that travel alone that are looking for a roommate so they do not have to pay the single price. If you are interested in finding a roommate please contact us and we can provide you a list of potential roommates. Email us if you need a roommate!