Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
87Trip End May 19, 2010
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On arrival we noticed that we were not the only tourists here by any means. The place was packed with both gringos and crazy locals, who were accosting us with their wheelbarrows and yelling, "taxi, taxi!". Determined not to pay a dime more than 70 reals for a room we headed off on a search for a cheap pousada, and boy were there a lot of pousadas to choose from - unfortunately none that cheap! After a few enquiries in our pigeon Portuguese, we were eventually directed to the cheapest place in town and, although basic, it was perfect for us.
A little later, on a wander to find lunch, we stopped off in a café (mainly because I saw a milkshake sign!) where we were treated to lovely sandwiches
After a divine milkshake at our café, we got ourselves suited & booted, and headed back to the beach for dinner. Having let Ben indulge in his habit of studying restaurant menu's all around the beach, we had settled for a Crab Moqueca down by the sea. Sadly, the food didn’t live up to the high standards set in Salvador, although the Farofa (Bahian fried manioc flour) was incredible here. The restaurant setting was also beautiful; down on the white sands of the beach, with a guy singing and playing guitar & all the tables only lit by a candle in a paper bag (pretty if not a little dangerous?)
The next day, we were off again, catching a much cheaper (8 times cheaper) boat to the nearby port of Valenca. This cut out many kilometres of bus journey from Salvador so was all in all a winner :-) However, it did mean we had 8 hours to kill in Valenca, before our night bus to Porto Seguro. Being a Sunday, pretty much everything was shut, and although the view from the river was nice there didn’t seem much to see or do! We filled our day by eating a nice pay by weight lunch in town, catching up on internet chores, and walking up to see the local church, before retreating back to the bus station just before dark to wait for our bus.