Maxin' and Relaxin' in Boipeba

Trip Start Mar 21, 2012
Trip End Mar 25, 2013

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Pousada Hosana

Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Sunday, April 8, 2012

We spent a killer week on the island of Boipeba and took life at a slower pace, the Bahia pace.

The Peeps
Our good friends Donat and Juliana (currently residents of Vancouver, BC) invited us to join an international crew who were all in Sao Paulo for a wedding and afterwards headed to the remote island of Boipeba.

Donat and Juliana at their pimp palace at the Mangabieras resort!

No cars on Boipeba. Horses are great and there is a tractor that travels the island (and drops school kids to the more remote parts of the island)

Our group enjoying a night out in the village of Boipeba - Brazilians, French Canadians, Germans, Slavics, Americans, and more! Bruno, the newly married husband, is found upper right with glasses and a stripped shirt. Nicole, the new bride, is in the red dress to the right of Lindsey.

Coca! The man with the strongest, best French accent you have ever heard!

Kick ass beaches is all that can be said! White sand, reef protected, azul blue water and next to no people! Add in sun and light breeze and beach paradise has been defined. Only thing missing is beachside rock walls to climb!!! What's wrong with us?!?!


Lindsey stoked after a great day at the beach!

The seafood, albeit not cheap, was amazing. We had some of the best lobster we've ever had! Moqueca, a traditional Brazilian way to prepare seafood, consists of fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, and additional ingredients, and was absolutely scrumptious! In order to keep on budget we'd eat tapioca "tacos" for dinner which are a mere $1.50. Tapioca breaded food is very common throughout Brazil and is totally new to us. Another given with Brazilian cuisine is generous (make that copious) amounts of salt! Though this makes everything super tasty, it's not the healthiest!

Moqueca, rice and beans are still a staple with almost any dish


More! Chilled coconuts are also very common here (called Agua de coco)

The Night Sky
What spectacular starry night skies we had! We arrived on a waxing moon that let a surprising amount of starlight shine. Even faint parts of the Milky Way were still visible, and seeing the Southern Cross nightly was a treat for Ben!

Nearing full moon!


Our Boat Tour!
We toured with the group via boat the first day!! What a great way to see the island of Boipeba from all angles and get to learn the island lifestyle!

Our group was too big for just one boat so we had two boats racing around the island! Good times!

First stop: off-shore snorkeling and goofing around on the reefs. Some of the many Brazilian tatoos in view.

Second stop: Rio de Inferno and Turtle Sanctuary

Third Stop: Island in the middle of nowhere

Local art work

Mangroves reclaiming territory

When the tide is up really high, a new type of beach fun comes to life. The beachside restaurants fill up with water and everyone eats with their legs in the water! Too much fun! Five nights on the island was just about perfect and afterwards, we were ready for our trip inland to Chapada Diamontina National Park for more adventures and getting back to climbing. Stay tuned!

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David Kimber on

SUPER Super COOL guys! Dreams coming to life, and just keep on coming don't they??

The Street Fighter 2 nerd in me keeps expecting to see Blanka, a giant green mutant beast with long claws and orange hair. Gimme' a heads up if you see him around!

benandlindsey on

Naturally we've run in to Blanka. He electrifies himself all the at night in the favelas!!

snkallen11 on

Thanks for sharing guys, although it's nothing compared to being there, it's wonderful reading about it and seeing your awesome photos, it ALMOST feels like I'm there....well, not really, but I try! Boipeba sounds like a dream!! I didn't even know there was an island in that area, it's in the middle of nowhere, amazing! It's definitely going on my "places to visit" list...stay safe, keep having fun, and I'll be looking forward to hear about your next adventure!!!!

Robin on

Thanks so much for narrating your adventures folks! Beautiful... you two rock my world!

Juliana on

It was great to have met you guys there! I am already missing Boipeba! Aproveitem o resto da viagem. Juliana

benandlindsey on

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to see Boipeba and crash the wedding party, Donat and Juju! Without you two, we may have decided to miss Brazil, which would have been a big mistake. We spent some more time with Bruno and Nicole in Lencois--great peeps! Hope settling in back in Vancouver is going well.

Carrie on

Wow! That looks amazing! I must go there! Thanks for sharing guys.

E. & A. in the north country on

Yes, we wish we were there also. Wow, that is my idea of heaven on earth!!! It makes us happy to know that you are enjoying the fun, memorable, and important things in life. Nice friends you have!

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