Flight and brief stay in Sao Paulo

Trip Start Mar 16, 2009
Trip End May 29, 2009

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Monday, May 18, 2009

We had a combination of no less than FOUR flights to make it to Brazil, all consecutive. First we flew from the Galapagos to Quito, then Quito to Lima, then Lima to Santiago and finally from Santiago to Sao Paulo, Brazil! The flights themselves passed without incident, it was rather the waiting at the airports which irked us, as well as me being considered a possible junkie by the authorities in Lima, forcing me to roll my sleeves up and show that I had no needle marks!

Our eventual arrival in Sao Paulo gave us a lot to think about. Firstly, the language barrier now that we'd arrived took us off-guard; my basic Spanish was barely enough to communicate. Secondly, we were shocked at how expensive everything was (and it wasn't just the airport - it's expensive everywhere in southern Brazil). Finally, we'd originally intended to visit the Iguazu falls straight from Sao Paulo - but had recently heard from our companions in the Galapagos that the falls were undergoing a drought that was restricting the waterflow by 60%. Fearing that this would spoil our experience of the falls, we chose instead to visit smaller towns between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, which had also been recommended by past travellers.

Sao Paulo was very forgettable, like Lima - it was just a city, though it seemed tidier than Lima. We'd fortunately booked a hostel well in advance here. Unfortunately the hostel owner was considerably incompetent, and had not reserved the accommodations we wanted, and was not conveniently available to answer our questions. Coupled with a language barrier, we chose to accelerate our plans to get to Paraty asap - getting there in 6 hours by bus. I was conscious and increasingly fed-up of the return to our backpacking lifestyle after the relative comforts of the Galapagos. As well as a need to rectify the problems caused by the laptop and passport theft in Bolivia - I was starting to look forward to returning.
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