The next day we went out to explore the town of Paraty
. This was cut very short due to a sudden down pour that lasted most of the day! Finally that night the rain stopped. With most of the day over, we headed out for a bite to eat. As we came out of the hostel the streets were flooded! Water was running in from the sea as the tide had changed. Standing there with worried looks on our faces a voice called out to us. It was a guy we had met the night before at the bus station who had tried to get us to one of his hostels. He told us not to worry as it wouldnīt flood too high and also to stay out of the water as it smelt like sewage and definately was sewage. We knew that the streets would flood depending on the tide, but this mixed with the rain that Paraty had had, we didnīt know just how bad it would flood! Anyway, later we could see the direction of the water was flowing back out towards the sea. It was really nice to see the town flooded with the water and all the reflections of the lights.
The next day we managed to head out and explore the town. Again many stray dogs latched onto us. At one point we had to hide in a shop to get away from one dog. This didn`t work, but we fooled the hairy mut in the end. It didnīt look strange us running down a street away from a dog at all!
Paraty has many shops, with nice clothes, alcohol and it`s very own home brewed Cachaca. Because of the festival it was very busy and the town was decorated with bunting
. After walking around the town for many hours covering many miles we went out to a lovely restaurant that we had spotted when we arrived. We both ate the most fantastic tasting steak and the evening was going well untill we wanted some pudding. An hour and a half half later, we still didn`t have any pudding! By this point we started to get hungry again, and it was tempting to order another meal! Eventually we were brought our pudding and we headed back to the hostel.
The next morning we had plans to head out to Trinidade. As you can`t swim at the beach by the town, it was the nearest beach to us. It was around an hour to get there on a bus that was very full with people standing (normal in South America) before we got to Trinidade.
Trinidade is a small town with one main street leading down to the beach area with many shops and restaurants running either side. With some help from the locals we managed to find the beach. It was a fairly big cove with many restaurants on the beach. Having left a cloudy Paraty behind us, we didnīt think to bother bringing towels or swimming gear with us. However, when we arived in Trinidade it was actually really sunny! So we improvised with t-shirts and scarves and spent the afternoon topping up our tans! We then ate fresh fish at one of the beach side restaurants.
That evening we got an early night as we had to be up to get our bus at 5am back to Rio. We had a flight at 13.30 from Rio airport over to Campo Grande where we would visit Bonito and The Pantanal.
The bus journey to Paraty from Rio was only four hours, very easy after the twenty plus hour journeys we have done before this. We arrived around seven and stomped all the way to our hostel only to find out it was booked up as it was Valentines Day Weekend! We were offered a really bad room for the same price, but declined. We ended up finding a perfect hostel not too far from the historical centre. At the time we were there, there was the religious festival taking place named the īFesta Do Divino.ī This meant the town was alive every single night of the four nights we were there, with a huge stage and endless food and drink stands to choose from. The first night we headed over to join the celebrations. We ate chinese (!) and had a look around the market before heading back to the hostel. We both loved Paraty straight away. With it`s cobbled streets and white washed buildings it was another very nice change of scenery for us again.