By Candy Pilar Godoy, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - No trip to Salvador, Brazil’s third largest city, would be complete without time spent in Pelourinho. Known as the city within a city, 'Pelo' is the colorful old neighborhood located within the Cidade Alta (Upper City). Colonial architecture, thriving artistry, and breathtaking churches are sprawled throughout the cobble-stoned streets, spawning a beauty and energy that go unmatched.

The area became the city center while under Portuguese colonial rule beginning . . .

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