text taken from http://www.nd.edu/~intlstud/locations/brazil/Salvador_da_Bahia.htm (University of Notre Dame). pictures found through google image search
Salvador da Bahia, located on the Atlantic coast in northeastern Brazil, is a historic city of 2.1 million. During the colonial period, Salvador was the capital of Brazil and the center of the sugar industry. Due to the strong slave presence during this period, Salvador and the northeast region of Brazil has a strong African influence which is notable in many ways, including religious and spiritual practices, artistic manifestations, cuisine, and ethnic dynamics.
Today Salvador is a booming city and its historical and ethnic diversity can be noted in the city’s architecture and layout: old colonial parts of the city are next to modern complexes, while shanty towns ( favelas ) lie adjacent to some of the wealthier neighborhoods. The CIEE Study Center is located on a bustling and beautiful square called 2 de Julho , located near Pelourinho , the historic center of the city.