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Olympic torch tours Brazil's Bahia state

Olympic torch tours Brazil's Bahia state

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The Olympic torch had a taste of Afro-Brazilian culture when it made its way through the tropical northeastern state of Bahia, famous for its music.

Brazil’s famous party spirit was evoked during the relay tour by a famed carnival group in Bahia’s capital city, Salvador.

Social media celebrity, Margareth dos Santos Moura was one of those who carried the torch. “This means so much to me” she said about the opportunity to carry the torch.

Very few people get to carry the torch. To be part of the torch relay, especially here, in my city, where I haven't come to in years, this will definitely leave a mark on my life forever.

“Very few people get to carry the torch. To be part of the torch relay, especially here, in my city, where I haven’t come to in years, this will definitely leave a mark on my life forever,” she added.

The torch has been travelling through Brazil by foot, skate and even by zip-line.

“It is very exciting to know that you are going to carry the Olympic torch. As a person who loves activities, it is really gratifying to be able to carry this torch,” said torch bearer Jose Augusto Viana who zip-lined with the torch in Bahia’s Chapada Diamantina National Park.

Before arriving in Rio for the start of the Games, the Olympic torch will cross a total of 20,000 kilometers of Brazilian territory.

The torch will be carried by some 12,000 people in 335 cities up until the opening ceremony of the Olympic games on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.