Pikey Paradise Island
Trip Start Aug 16, 2005
63Trip End Apr 14, 2006
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The village has a string of 4 perfect-looking white sand beaches (unfortunatley as you wade out most of them were covered with razor sharp rocks which made bathing less appealing that it first seemed) lined with palm trees, guest houses and bars
At night from our guesthouse room balcony overlooking the third beach, we can see a glow on the horizon which is Salvador. Brings it all home how little of the distance to Rio we have travelled and how far we have to go. We´re not finding bus travel as easy as we thought!
The town came alive at night with live music in the main square, market stalls, pretty twinkly lights all around, illuminated trees and alcoholic cocktails for sale from numerous tiny stalls all bedecked with a dazzling array of exotic fruit. You can choose your fruit and watch your nutritious cocktail being blended infront of you.
On Friday night I (Darren) went off in search of a club on top of the hill above town
There was also a Zip-Line descending from the lighthouse onto the first beach and we both decided that we would give it a go. It was at least 80 meters high and about 300 metres long. Darren made Angie go first, being the gentleman that he is (and also to ensure she didn´t chicken out), and she jumped off at full scream and splashed down into the sea a minute later. It had great views over the island and we can´t wait to try another one soon.
On our last evening we decided to walk across the island to find a waterfall and watch the sunset over the mangroves. This took us well off the beaten path and we saw a more real side to the island. There are meant to be birds of paradise on the island but we didn´t see any
We walked to a point high on a rock overlooking the bay and caught the beautiful sunset while eating our sandwiches - just as the mosquitos were coming out for breakfast! Didn´t hang around too long, and started off again to find a shorter way back to the village. Thankfully, we chose what seemed the best path out of there and were soon seeing signs of life. Lots of little lives infact, as we were suddenly surrounded by a big gang of friendly smiley shouting running children. We made friends (perhaps a bit too desperately) with Marcos and asked him the way home. The kids here on the whole have better English than the adults as English is now being taught as part of the national curriculum. As we walked with Marcos we passed through an area of local´s homes which was totally different to the picturesque tourist area where we were staying. We doubt if many tourists had ever seen this side of the island.
We were quite sad to leave the island after 3 nights, but on our last morning it was drizzly and grey so it wasn´t so hard. Continuing our journey south - next stop Ilheus.