Two sets of tours of tours of Salvador and the surrounding areas are being offered just prior and during the course of the CIBJO Congress to participants and the persons that will be accompanying them.

Pre-congress guided tours are offered on Saturday, May 2, 2015, and Sunday, May 3, 2015, and will include a half-day tour in the city of Salvador on the Saturday and a full-day tour outside of the city on the Sunday. The cost of the half-day tour is 80 Brazilian real (approximately $25) per participant, and the cost of the full-day tour is 250 Brazilian real (approximately $80).

A guided Accompanying Persons Tour will be offered on Monday, May 4, 2015, in the city of Salvador. The Accompanying Persons Tours is provided fee of charge, courtesy of IBGM, the official congress host. On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, accompanying persons are invited to enjoy a shopping day at Salvador’s finest malls.


Saturday, May 2, 2015
Half-Day Panoramic City Tour
COST: 80 Brazilian real per person

The panoramic beauty of Salvador will be are unforgettable. On the way, participants will get to appreciate the beauties of our “other city,” called Cidade Baixa (low city), where the Itapagipe Peninsula stretches out into the sea, providing panoramic views. Now is a peaceful family district, it is a place where life moves at a slower pace than in the bustling upper city.

You will visit the famous Church of Bonfim, site of the famous “Lavagem do Bonfim.” It is an area where fishermen fish from dug out canoes, locals collect shell fish at low tide, schooners are at anchor, and all are protected by the famous church, which is also a magnet for pilgrims from all of in Brazil.

He tour will make a stop at the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local handicrafts, the largest in all of Bahia. It will be a time to bargain!

Duration : 4 hours

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Full-day tour to
Costa dos Coqueiros
COST: 250 Brazilian real per person

On this tour you will get to know a little of the northern coast of Bahia, the area known as Costa dos Coqueiros (Coconut Coast), where you can see the most beautiful beaches in Bahia.

Our first stop will be at Praia do Forte, which is known as the Brazilian Polynesia. The village of Praia do Forte is a fishing port, rich in seafood. There you will be able to visit Projeto Tamar, a project to preserve sea turtles and walk through the village with its many small shops.

Free time will be provided to buy lunch in the village.

After lunch we will drive to Praia de Guarajuba, which is wonderful for sea-bathing. After free time on the beach we will drive back to Salvador.
Duration : 8 hours

Monday, May 4, 2015
Full-Day City Tour
Free of Charge, courtesy of IBGM

During this tour, we will visit the main historical sites of Salvador! We will start this tour in Cidade Alta where you will have the opportunity to know the first streets and architectural complexes built in Bahia.

We will begin at Farol da Barra, which is now Museu Náutico da Bahia (Nautical Museum). Then, we will go towards Porto da Barra, where we will see Forte de Santa Maria, and Forte São Diogo. From Porto da Barra, we go to the traditional neighborhoods of Corredor da Vitória, Campo Grande (praça da apoteose of Salvadors carnival) and Piedade.

After that, we arrive at Pelourinho, the highlight of our tour, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because it is home to the most important colonial architecture in the world from the 17th and 18th centuries. Colored houses, the symbol of Portuguese architecture and the charm of its streets and stone pavements make this tour even more interesting. In addition to many beautiful churches, such as Igreja de São Francisco (São Francisco church), squares, monument and important museums enrich the landscape of the Pelourinho.

Then we will enjoy a typical lunch.

After lunch the next part of this tour is a visit to the famous Cidade Baixa, where we will visit the famous Igreja do Bonfim (Bonfim church), a place which holds several different religious manifestations of the Bahia people and where the famous feast of Lavagem do Bonfim takes place (when the steps of the church are washed).

The last part of our tour is devoted to visit the famous Forte de São Marcelo (São Marcelo Fort). This fort, which is almost circular, was built in 1650, because of the danger of a Dutch invasion and it played a fundamental role in preventing enemies from entering the port.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Shopping Day
Courtesy of IBGM

Participants will be provided transportation to and from Salvador’s finest shopping mall.