Maxin' and Relaxin' in Boipeba
Trip Start Mar 21, 2012
24Trip End Mar 25, 2013
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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!
More photos here.
My Review Of The Place I Stayed