Salvador to Pipa and beyond

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

We left Rio and moved north in Brazil.

We stayed in Salvador de Bahia - wonderful olde worlde buildings and the best samba music in the streets. Around a million churches there too. All gorgeous. Did a day trip to PRaia de Forte. An eco village an hour away by bus. They run a turtle rescue/rehabilitation cent re there which we had a look at. All these tiny turtles swimming around in a pool. Very cute. They had massive big turtles too that mainly just sat there watching everything. The beach was beautiful.

Then we stayed in Recife - it rained there were only two other people in the hostel and nothing was open. Enough said!

A friend had recommend we stay in a place called Pipa - a surf town about north of Recife so we hopped on the next bus and got ourselves there. It was like paradise. Gorgeous beaches, beautiful scenery, friendly people and lots of parties. What was meant to be a two day stay turned into 3 weeks!!! It was brilliant. We met so many people there and just hung out surfing and playing volleyball. Lots of bbqs and watching the sunset. It felt like home - only sunnier!

As much as it pained us we knew we had to move on. There was of course a parade put on in our honour!! So off we went in a classic VW beetle (they still make the old style over here so everyone has one and canīt understand why we pay loads of money for them) to Natal and Fortaleza - only for one night. We left the next day and headed to Jerricoacoara famous for its sunsets, capoeira and high winds. Stayed there a night and watched the sunset from a very high dune with a 100knot wind blowing sand all around us. And watched some excellent capoeira on the beach later.

We left there by beach buggy 60kms of dunes to the next town. We even went on a river boat with the buggy. It was so cool. We had so many bags that I had to sit up high on the back of the buggy so those dunes looked slightly bigger to me when we were driving down them. Still I felt like Daisy Duke so it was cool. We stayed the night in a town and the next day it was a 4x4 for another few hundred kms to a place called Cabure - with the most mental driver ever. Of course it involved driving across a massive beach too so sand and salt water were flying around us all day.

Lencois was cool. We took a boat ride down the river to Balahrinas and got a bus to our current destination which is Sao Luis.

Michelle goes home from here and I go on to Belem then Manaus. This involves a 5day boat trip so am checking flights too!! Will update from Manaus before I head into Columbia.
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