Exotic island and lighting of the full moon

Trip Start Sep 02, 2006
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Trip End Feb 17, 2007


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Sunday, October 8, 2006

Wow! I canīt put this place into words! Itīs an island, not on the ocean, but set on the ocean and surrounded by rivers. And it was a full moon on Friday, the night we arrived. We (John, the american, and I) missed the last ferry from Valenca but we walked down to the pier anyways and there were these guys rounding up enough people to take us all in a little dinky boat (with an engine, not that dinky, but rickety). These kids were no older than 14 or 15. After they had enough people they gased up the boat and we were off for a one hour ride down the river in the light of the full moon, amazing. After trying a few different docks, cause I think the kids were lost, we made it to Morro de Sau Paulo, and once again it really didnīt look real. The lighting of the full moon made it look like a movie set of an exotic island. Beautiful. This place had no cars, only wheelbarrows to carry our bags to our pousada, which we stayed in for two nights, but weīve just moved to another pousada today, one with a balcony and a hammock and a view of the ocean and the beach. Its low season too so its nice and quiet. Our first day here we went on a boat tour. While we were having breakfast these guys approached us and let us on the tour for half what everyone else paid, not sure why still, trying to fill the boat? Anyways, we went to a little town a few km away and everyone got off the boat na we coated ourselves with clay from the hillside, it was red and yellow and brown. After we were all caked with mud we hike up to a waterfall and we all washed off. It made our skin and hair unbelievably soft! Then we cruised around to more beaches before finishing off the day with lunch on the beach, we sat with 3 crazy ladies vacationing from Spain. The 13 year old boy helping the guides offered to sell us cocaine!!! Late that night we walked along the second beach, which is where all the restaurants and bars are. The beach was lined with fruit stands set up with every kind of exotic fruit you can imagine and we sat there and drank a bunch of different flavors, incredible, but very strong :) Lots of vodka and cashaca. Then we had some freshly made crepes, which are made with more tender loving care then Iīve ever seen someone cook with before, īespecial`, nutmeg, bannana, cinnamon, and chocolate caramel sauce on top. The weather is incredible too, but we had some rain today so just hung out, played some freshcabol, now off to dinner...
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