From one extreme to another

Trip Start Feb 21, 2006
Trip End Sep 11, 2006

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Weīre in Sao Paulo for 24 hours, a crazy metropolois of around 17 million people. Have had a little wander around today (in the rain sadly) and have seen about .001% of the city so not quite enough to get much of an impression, but it has a very different feel to Rio - everyone isnīt walking around in flip flops for a start. Itīs a bit of a shock to the system though - we started off yesterday in Ihla Grande which doesnīt even have cars, and a boat and bus trip later we ended up here.

Weīve been having a very relaxing time lately; we spend 2 nights in Parati then 2 nights in Trindade - a gorgeous spot with 4 lovely beaches and one little street of restaurants and campsites. We stayed in a mud hut right on the edge of the beach and fell asleep listening to the sounds of the waves breaking on the shore (and one or two mosquitoes). Then we headed to Ihla Grande, backpackersī paradise! Itīs an island covered in Atlantic rainforest (complete with monkeys, which we saw, and fresh water alligators which thankfully we missed), a little, very laid back "town" and beautiful beaches. There arenīt any cars and at night the roads seem to get taken over by large crabs scuttling around and a small frog or two. We bumped into some London/Auckland friends on holiday and 2 lots of people from our hostel in Rio - it seems that South America is actually a pretty small place! We went for a walk to some waterfalls in the rain, chilled out drinking beers in the square and on the last day took a boat to Lopes Mendez - known as the most beautiful in Brazil and it certainly didnīt disappoint! It was a long curve of fine, white, squeaky sand fringed with palm trees and rain forest and had crystal clear water and perfect rolling surf - we absolutely fell in love with it! We actually didnīt want to ever leave Ihla Grande but sadly we ran out of cash and thereīs no cash machine on the island!

We now have our first overnight bus trip to look forward to (woo hoo!) and next stop is Iguazu Falls.
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