Santa Clara Hotel
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... on the main square for the
aristocracy and important military dignitaries.
Wandering around the town we saw the many trinket stalls and
the colourful boats of the locals that once may have fished but now serviced
the hordes of tourists that descend on Paraty during the summer months.
Tripping down the uneven streets was hot work and spotting an ice cream parlour
we stopped in to grab some amazing cones, Brendon went for the dulce de leche
Finally a decent nights sleep. Not that the vivid dreams have stopped. You'd have thought I'd already started taking malaria tablets. Last night I "watched" three episodes of the non-exsistent thrid season of The Inebetweeners. Speaking of malaria I've had a few bites so far, but nothing too bad. Mainly on my hands and feet. My hands is fairly underswtandable; as soon as I've deeted up they get a good wash. I've seen the power of the deet (when I dabbled ...
... approximately 193km2 it has over one hundred beaches.
We ferried for the island in the afternoon from a nearby port where it was overcast and drizzling. The waters became progressively worse as we neared the island to the point we heard a scream of terror from towards the back of the boat and several reached for life vests. Shannon and I were laying towards the bow of the boat and didn't see what the fuss was about but apparently the scene at the rear was ...
... keen to convince the others it was a crowd of people and plough on, however, I was unable to fool them (& myself as it got louder and louder!) So, we opted to hold fire and wait for trusty locals to catch up with us and follow closely in their footsteps- relying on them for insider knowledge/protection! The screeching was supposedly a group of hog -like creatures who roam the jungle and can be aggressive... so probably a wise decision to ...
... park's biologist informed us, it was just another flavour for them.
Two activities were included for the full day on the Pantanel. In the morning we took Canadian canoes down the river with the aim of experiencing the Pantanel from another perspective. The Pantanal is famous for birdlife, with over 450 species to be seen. The river is a great place to see many kinds right up close.
After lunch we swapped the paddles for reins and jumped on our horses and went riding ...