Beach, Beaches and More Beaches
Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
37Trip End Ongoing
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This had been my first night sleeping in a tent in years, so I didn't sleep much, but the next morning we got up before the roosters and started our hike to Parnaioca beach, an isolated beach on the other side of the island, about a 6 hour hike away
This is also where we befriended a local dog, who we later named Hunter, due to his incredible ability to hunt small animals. As if it was his duty, he lead us from Dois Rios beach to Parnaioca, a 4 hour hike away, then slept outside our tent, and lead us back the next day. More loyal than any girl I've ever dated! He even pointed out some wildlife on the trail along the way. And by pointed out, I mean chased away. On a few occasions he sprinted into the forrest at full speed and returned with a dead armadillo in his mouth.
We arrived at Parnaioca in the early afternoon and had the whole beach almost to ourselves
We spent our third day on the island hiking back towards the main settlement, this time stopping for a longer while at Dois Rios, to be able to really appreciate it. Again the beach was completely deserted. Two small islands are visible from the shore, so I decided to brave the waves and swim to them, about 1 kilometer away. The closer one was impossible to get on due to the surrounding rocks, so I continued to the second one. I'm not a strong swimmer so the half hour swim was difficult, but my prize was a deserted island. I climbed to the top and saw some nearby fishermen in a boat. They were confused to see me, not understanding how the hell I got there. I swam back, we bid our four legged tour guide farewell, and continued back to Vila Abraao.
After Ilha Grande, we caught a boat back to the mainland and then a bus to Paraty, a colonial town on the coast surrounded by more beaches. One can visit a different beach in this area every day for over a year. We decided to take a break from camping so we stayed at a hostel there for one night
All in all I really enjoyed the last week. It was a good combination of hiking and relaxing on some amazing beaches. The only disappointing thing was the weather. It rained every evening for an hour or two, and the starry sky I envisioned was behind cloud cover every night.
I hate Sao Paulo, but I spent my last few days there since a friend from Rio was in town and my flight to Buenos Aires leaves from here. In my short time here I managed to get my wallet pick pocketed. Luckily, the guy just took the R$40 and threw the wallet on the ground, and someone picked it up and returned it to my hostel. Saved me a big headache. Anyway... off to Buenos Aires where I'll spend the next two weeks.
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