Ships dock at the Salvador Cruise Ship Terminal in downtown Salvador.
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Salvador is located on a peninsula which shields the large Baía de Todos os Santos ("Bay of All Saints") from the Atlantic Ocean. The city is the third largest in Brazil, sprawling for dozens of kilometers inland from the coast. Most visitors head for the coastal neighborhoods that cluster around where the bay meets the ocean. A 100m cliff runs along the entire bay shore, dividing the city into Cidade Alta, up on the cliff, and the Cidade Baixa down by the bay. The former features Pelourinho, the old city center that packs historical sites, colonial architecture, museums, restaurants, bars, hostels, artesanal shops, and music/dance/capoeira academies into a convenient, if tourist-swarmed, set of winding cobblestone streets. The latter features a commercial center with lots of bus traffic coming in from all over Salvador.
The old city center can be easily explored on foot. To get between the upper and lower sections, take the Elevador Lacerda (pretty rough area, beware!) or the cable car, remember to take small change as the fare is just R$0,05. The streets between the two are considered dangerous even during the day.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Mercado Modelo, which is within easy walking distance from the cruise ship terminal.
The Historic District is another shopper's venue.
Main stores are open Monday to Saturday 0900- 2200 and Sunday 1200-2100.
There is both telephones and Internet access in the cruise terminal.
Basic hours for most stores and businesses are from 9am to 6pm, with an extended lunch hour from around noon to 2pm.
Many museums are closed on monday.
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