Distance from Açaí Hostel: 120km
Not surprisingly given its name, the Museu Afro-Brasileiro exhibits wood carvings, baskets, pottery and other art and crafts linking Brazilian and African artistic traditions. The exhibit of photography, sacred objects and ceremonial apparel demonstrating the African roots of Brazilian Candomblé is especially fascinating.
The highlight of the museum is a large room dedicated to breathtaking carved wooden panels by Argentine-born Carybé – perhaps Salvador’s most renowned 20th-century fine artist. The panels are stylised depictions of orixás (deities of the Afro-Brazilian religions), inlaid with shells and metals.