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Got an early start, as tropical rains & sunsets are coming earlier now, on the hunt for a better place to stay – no breakfast (café do manhana) here but at least there was decent coffee & wifi. Seems the island, Ilha Bela, was still over 90% full, and with no tourist info open (not by 10am) and high prices and nicer places in the old town either overpriced or unsure, gave up hope and risked another night ...
A reasonably smooth if very windy road through steep green hills, the Parana pine (Araucaria) giving way to more Alpine pines for a while before we descended back into jungle. The walls of green were punctuated by lots of river, waterfalls and the omnipresent trees with both white and purple flowers – there are always more of the latter and here the blossom and colour was even more intense than previously.
6.5 hours later, I arrive in Santos, only ˝ hour late ...
... beaches, doing some snorkeling and paddle boarding along the way. I was completely paranoid all weekend about getting bitten by the notorious "borrachudos" which everyone had warned me about. These are a type of local mosquito which gives a very nasty bite, which I did not fully appreciate until one of my new friends from the hostel walked in to the dorm room after a day at the beach with several apple sized lumps covering her legs. They looked so ...
... down to the swimming pool that was sat on the rocks above the ocean, it really was amazing.
Over the next few days Sam and Renato showed us around the nighbouring area which was just spectacular. It had all the beauty of Thailand and South East Asia but with the waves of the Atlantic and the culture of Latin America. It was now the knock out stages of the tournament and since Renato ...
Day 15: Maranduba
After a day away, it was nice to get back to normality and head to Pulso beach for one last chilled day - by car this time, the kayak was left at home.
We were one man down, as Mikey had a spot of sunstroke, 6 days on the beers, as well as being up at 6am with Helena had taken its toll!
Activity for the day was Fresco ball, ...