Brazil’s colonial past is very much alive in the northeastern state of Bahia. Here in the capital of Salvador, a tremendous population of 15 million jives with well-preserved Afro-Brazilian heritage. Visitors will enjoy strolling through the cobblestoned neighborhood of Pelourinho, where beautiful colonial-era, pastel-colored buildings line the streets, visiting the iconic Barra Lighthouse at Santo Antônio Fort, riding up the Elevador Lacerda for sweeping marina views, or simply strolling Bahia’s beautiful beaches. Also of note is one of Brazil’s ultimate past-times—a soccer match at the 50,000-seat Itaipava Fonte Nova arena! Last but not least, Bahia boasts its own massive Carnival celebration that makes it the perfect destination for festivity-seekers.