Paraty or so we thought...

Trip Start Jan 27, 2008
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Trip End May 27, 2008


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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Samantha - We left Ilha Grande early in the morning by ferry. The weather was lovely and once on the mainland we caught a local bus to Paraty which took 2 hours. We were quite suprised to find that our booked hostel (due to Carnival) was another 40 minute hair-raising bus ride down a very very steep slopes and narrow roads. How the bus made it, we will never know! We arrived at a beach resort full of Brazillians celebrating Carnival. Although a nice resort (apart from the dirty supermarket!) and good hostel set in the jungle, I was a little disappointed as I was looking forward to the colonial town people keep talking about. Anyway, the disappointment faded when we found a coconut stall and I got my coconut water! We spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach standing out like sore thumbs!

Alex - In the evening it started to chuck it down with rain again, so we watched a film and played cards with some nice other English people. There were also a couple of Welsh guys who rubbed in the rugby score a bit... The hostel also has a really cool hummingbird which visits where we eat our breakfast, similarly there are a few fireflies around.

The following day we set out to have a wander round Paraty  (we also had to get some cash out!) and so once again boarded the terrifying bus except this time in reverse. Paraty was very pretty and exactly how we had imagined it,  with the cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings. By this stage it was getting a bit too humid, so we headed back to Trindade. Unfortunately for us it started to rain again in the evening so it was another night in with the cards and this time a rubbish film called Invisible.

One more funny thing I´ve just remebered, a frog jumped on Samantha´s feet in the dark and rain when walking back to the hostel, absolutely hillarious!


All set for a very long day travelling tomorrow, to Sao Paolo and on to Foz do Iguacu.
 
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Trindade Sea and Forest Hostel

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