• Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - Map of Bahia in Brazil

    Bahia's location in Brazil.

  • Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - walking in Chapada Diamantina - Vale do Capão / Brazil

    Chapada Diamantina, Vale do Capão.

  • Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - walking in Chapada Diamantina - mount Pai Inaçio / Brazil

    Chapada Diamantina, view from Mount Pai Inacio.

  • Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - walking in Chapada Diamantina - amazing walk sites / Brazil

    Amazing walks in the National Park.

  • Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - aphrodisiac beach table in Bahia NE-coast in Brazil

    Want a private table on an aphrodisiac beach ? I've reserved one for you!

  • Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - Monte Serrat Monastery, Salvador / Brazil

    Monte Serrat abbey at the Punta da Humaita.

  • Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - traditional Saveiro sailships in the Recôncavo Baiano / Brazil

    Traditional 'saveiro' sailships.

Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - Candomblé Religioin

Day-tours, complete voyages, workshops for photographers, translation services, and airport transfer available.

Our team is available for all your (personalized) travel needs and wishes in Salvador / Bahia.
You can choose for :
- a day-tour;
- a multiple-day-tour / trekking in Chapada Diamantina;
- specific tranportations
- ALL-IN holiday packs with everything organized for you;
- NEW : kite-buggy rental, bring your kite and we provide you with a buggy for landsailing the aphrodisiac beaches of Bahia

At those times where one needs an interpreter for business or research purposes, we come highly recommended.

Having regular experience in accompanying (fellow) photographers you can dispose of helpful advice in choosing specific locations.

All our travellers can also rely on a
punctual AIRPORT transfer service.

Generally we take on individuals, couples (possibly with their toddler or youngsters) or groups (up to 14 persons).


Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - Chapada Diamantina national Park panel

Enjoy the amazing nature in the mountains of National Park Chapada Diamantina .

Chapada Diamantina is a 1,520 km² large national park in the center of the State of Bahia (NE Brazil), and is also refered to as the "Brazilian Grand Canyon".
This park is located about 450 kilometers West from Salvador.
With me you will discover the absolutely overwhelming views of this National Park in a different way. Adapted to your wishes with - day-tours or trekkings - you will discover loads of amazing natural spots, at your tempo.
For those who already reserved all hotelnights in Salvador, or those who have really little time we develloped a new formula : Chapada Diamantina in a flash, a 1 day tour. Yes, quite some mileage involved, but during that mileage you can comfortably sleep in the car and accumulate your energy for walking the hottest spots of the National Park.

Ivan Salvador & Bahia tour-guide / reis-gids - relaxing on a tropical beach

Travel safe and relaxed, to enjoy the holidays of your life.

For a year you have worked hard and now really have deserved your holidays. I will make sure you get what you've earned : a tropically relaxed and safe stay in Bahia, with no fuzz and, everything efficiently organised for you !

Have your driver available 24/7, speaking your language and providing an executive transfer-service throughout the whole of Bahia.

I am also specialized in transportation logistics for tourism and research allover Bahia with a high level of efficiency, knowing to meet with any type of personal transportation needs, in a flexible AND punctual way.

Visit my airport/hotel TRANSPORTATION PAGE now.


About us

Hi, I am Ivan RT. Xanthes, a Belgian expat living in Bahia - Brazil for a decade now.
With the years I put together a small team of professionals answering your travelling-needs tourguideing her in Salvador, Bahia and Chapada Diamantina.
Each partner of the team as the necessary experience and credentials (Embratur, Detran, ANTT, Agerba) thus we can guarantee the best and safest possible travel-experience you are looking for.

Exclusively for you we developed a new and relaxing way of travelling, to discover the best of Bahia.

Our mission :
- taking you around to the nicest spots in Salvador;
- teach you our cultural heritage;
- letting you meet with the daily life of locals;
- savour exotic African influenced etno-gastronomy;
- mesmorize you with the mysterious Candomblé;
- show the best of the Chapada Diamantina park;
- have you relax at the most aphrodisiac beaches.

If needed we can host you at a fine selection of hotels / pousada’s / hostels or an appartment adapted to your budget here in Salvador.
On our multiple-day-tours transports, all accommodations and breakfasts are included in the package prices.
Whilst trekking in the mountains all meals are provided. Sleeping bags / tents are available for free if necessary.


Why use our services ?


Being efficient and flexible at all times,
we always keep your preferences in mind.
Our tours can be adapted to your daily wishes or physical condition, and change whenever you would like it.

All our day-TRIPS or ALL-IN-packs can be customized to your needs.

We offer durable travelling with a guide/driver speaking fluent English, Dutch, French, German and Portuguese.
Whenever possible we will carefully avoid the typical beaten tourist tracks.

If you would prefer renting your own car we also have your personal guide available to accompany you.

Working on a small scale without agencies or big tour-operators (all taking serious commissions) thus OUR PRICES are always VERY COMPETETIVE whilst there is no real comparable offering at the local tourist scene here in Salvador / Bahia.
Travelling with Ivan Bahia Guide means you have a complete experience and do not have to worry about any transport, language barrier or whatever practicallity.

We offer EASY PAYMENT facilities, such as banktransfer in € (euros), PayPal in R$ (Brazilian reais) or Visa & Mastercard, are available.


We will be touring with you exclusively, so you will enjoy ALL our attention and care. And, ur availability to you is a complete 24/7, during your whole stay here in Bahia.

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Get in touch with us if you would like any information, or a quote, about your visit to the most beautifull region of Brazil.
Generally emails are replied to within a few hours but sometimes the answer could take a day or two whilst we are trekking off the grid in the National Park with travellers.


Ivan Bahia Guide does have many positive reviews as a well respected tourguide. You could simply Google that or directly have a look at the TRIPADVISOR-resume - HERE - for some respectful reviews coming from your other travellers.

Thanks to the hard work of our whole team and the appreciations of all our clients we have built an excellent reputation AND that keeps us thriving and loving the job ... each and every day again!

Tropical greetings from Salvador da Bahia,

Ivan, your favorite Salvador & Bahia tour-guide.



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