Caravelas and whale watching

Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 27, 2013

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Flag of Brazil  , Piauí,
Sunday, July 7, 2013

5th July Itaunas

We spent a night here and it seems we have arrived too early, later this month this will be a complete party area, with an estimated 10-12 thousand people turning up, everywhere will be packed, the bars, the beach, and hotels and hostels

Everything revolves around the square, but none of the shops are open

The place (Anave) we stayed at wasn't bad, just no grass to pitch a tent, just sand and it has got in everything, but there were no dogs or cockerels to keep anyone away

The cook group made scrambled eggs this morning and the leftovers from dinner last night, (smoked sausages and vegetables, it was a pretty good start to the day and it’s a pretty relaxed   start to the day

It did rain, kind of, last night, but it was on and off, I don’t think it could make its mind up, one moment it was hot then the temperature dropped, it was like that all night, so I was in and out of my sleeping bag,

This place is pretty dead though, no shops open, a few kids running about, the centre of Itaunas has a big petrified tree, I have no idea how it got here or if it has any significance, but it seemed worthy of a few photos, the streets are quite deserted and everywhere is shut

Everyone has gone on a kayak trip, I passed on it in favour of a shower and a shave and a walk around, there wasn’t much to see (or do) I hope that Caraveles has more to see and do

We will be having lunch and then setting off again, another campsite I think; it’s a couple of hours drive along the coast


We set off for Caravelas , everything was fine, a bit of rain, but nothing really to bother about, we were going along great, then the road sort of ran out, it is a main road, but it turned into a muddy track, it’s all churned up by the timber trucks that run up and down just rip the road up, mind you everything uses the road, cars, bikes, cattle and trucks and us, we were going to turn round but a guy told us it gets batter after 5 Km or so , we just went on and it did get better in fact it became tarmac, so it was a case of toe down and crack on

We made it too Caravals late afternoon, so instead of looking for a camp ground we found a hostel who would take us in, which was handy (as I had lot of washing to get done)

We went out for a meal, I had this fish stew thing (it has abrazilian name, but I forgett it) it was pretty good, but the poertions werent very big, still it went down well

We are going whale watching, Danny has arranged a boat for the day, there will be snorkelling and swimming for those who want to, and they are supplying lunch


Today we are off whale watching, the day starts off grey and with a leaden sky, and it’s even raining as we start our walk to the boat, but it’s just light rain and no one puts a rain coat on

We get to the boat, it’s a catamaran, but doesn’t look like one, its rather small, only 3 crew and 8 of us, we set off, the weather hasn’t changed much, still grey skies and the water id very choppy, it don’t look very promising, and everyone ids below decks, the crew have provided a small breakfast, so as you can imagine everyone gets stuck in, rolls, fruit, coffee

After about an hour or so the clouds start moving off, the rain stops and the sun starts to show itself, weakly at first but then it bursts through the clouds and it warms up nicely

There are a few whale sightings, but they are quite far away and disappear fast, before the camera sparks up, a few people did get a tail shot though, all I got was a dark shape in the distance, it was the best I could come up with (I hope you can see them in the photos)

After about 3-4 hours, we pulled to a halt and people got ready for some snorkelling, one of the crew got a spear gun out and went fishing for lunch, well I snapped a few people in the water snorkelling and splashing about, but then the crew member turned up with a lot of fish and set about filleting them, a couple made a break for freedom, only one made it though

He sliced it up small and then left it for us to get stuck in, sushi style, with soy sauce or lime juice, you don’t get fish and fresher than this, I really enjoyed it, some didn’t fancy raw fish though (they don’t know what they missed)

Then it was dinner or lunch, fried fish with salad and pasta (mixed with cheese, ham, oil) it was a really good meal, I think everyone enjoyed it

It was everyone enjoying the sun for an hour after, then a bit more snorkelling and swimming then it was time to set off to go back to the hostel, the sea was like a mill pond on the way back, so different from the outward bound journey, but just the same view, wide open sea, we only saw one whale on our return and that was over in a flash, I just saw the white water as it disappeared

The sun went down so did the temperature, there was a quite good sunset, but we were going the wrong way for it to set into the sea, but it still looked nice

The sea was still as flat as a mill pond, not even a swell to rock the boat as it chugged into the harbour, it was dark when we arrived and lights twinkled as we pulled in

We said our thanks and had a whip round for the crew to show our thanks

I still feel a bit heady from the boat as I write this; I guess that’s what happens when you aren’t accustomed to being on a boat

We will be off to god only knows where in the morning at 7; 30, Danny has sorted an early breakfast (I don’t know why they don’t really do breakfast as I know breakfast, it a roll, fruit and CAKE!!)

So internet allowing, I’ll catch you all then
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daryl on

you are certainly getting off the beaten track and not seeing the usual touristy stuff which is good. Not game enough to try sushi style raw fish..
Good pics. saw the whale and blow......

greekcypriot on

The fact that you are off the beaten path avoiding in a way the touristy spots, makes this trip of yours enviable. You travelled me with your writing and is 6.30 am of Sunday and I am enjoying all these behid my desk over a mug of morning coffee.

Jim on

I enjoyed this trip, too-you did well with the write-up and the pictures, again- I know we all appreciate your efforts to tell us how it is- great.

rossport on

Good to see you are getting to see the real country mate and that main road looked good not too boggy reminds me of some of our outback roads that are off the main tourist areas.

The whales looked good nice shot of them,and the snorkelling would of been fun did many dive right down or did they just scoot along the surface.

Enjoying your blogs mate hope the rest of the trip is just as good and Andy Murray has won Wimbledon just a bit of news from home

anne on

well glad to see you are enjoying the food i dont think i could ear roar fish
the photos are lovly the sea so blue and the whale really enjoying it

travelmonster on

I would sooooo love to see a whale, never have, brilliant that you saw them, even if at a distance.

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