Paradise Found... (Day 38)

Trip Start Jan 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 01, 2012

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Praia do Sono

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Another 5 hr bus journey and we went from residing in one the biggest cities in the world to one of the smallest towns. A historic town, famous for it´s Cachaça (the main alcoholic ingredient found in Caipirinha) distilleries, you can walk across Paraty in easily under an hour. We arrived at night and checked in at Geko Hostel without problem due to reservations I made earlier that day. I think the best thing about this hostel was that they served their breakfast on the beach from their beach bar across the road. I only stayed at the hostel for four days but still went to get breakfast for free for the rest of the week. I was friendly with pretty much most of the staff so nobody ever said anything. This same beach bar is one of the liveliest spots in Paraty at night, it even pulls in locals and groups of people from other hostels. My stay here has been a lot more interesting with trips to breath taking beaches, waterfalls and beach dining/partying. We took a visit to a waterfall where the water ran over a huge rock, about the size of a house. The water had seemed to smooth the surface over the course of many years and when I arrived I found locals surfing down the rock on their two bare feet. This crazy feat has to been seen to be believed (or YouTube´d, whatever the case). One beach named Trinidade, required you to walk across a rock face to access it, totally worth it, however, Praia do Sono has to be the most beautiful beach I´ve seen so far. It is quite secluded as the only way to get to it is by boat or an hour trek through the jungle, which I done with Anita, a french girl who I met in Sao Paulo who randomly turned up next to me at the bar on the beach. It is quiet, secluded and the first place I'd been to that I could describe as the epitome of paradise. It was easy to spend the whole day. The only problem was that I was unable to swim due to my new tattoo. The same happened when Sham and I went on a boat trip around the coast of Paraty. Again, the scenery was sublime as the yacht cruised through an area with mountains on both sides creating a large green open valley with the sea as it's basin. I was fully aware that the boat had several scheduled stops where you could take a swim. I believed I would be fine not swimming and just taking in the scenery until the boat stopped and I heard "WOOO" and "YEAAA" and saw pretty much every passenger jump into the cool water, backflips were the preferred method of entry for some. On a day as hot as it was, I was real jealous.
After our stay in the hostel we were put up by a guy that we were lucky enough to meet in one the beach bars. I use the term 'lucky' purely because he was a real interesting character to have come across in such a small town. He co-founded a cosmetics company when he was living in Beverly Hills at the age of 24, a well established company that is now worth billions. What was more interesting is that he lived in various countries around the world and I think this has left him with a one of a kind sense of humour. We were in hysterics for the majority of our stay. Thanks again Ben and Marcus for accommodation and for showing us marmatex, a well balanced, filling and not-to-be-found-on-the-menu meal for the locals. A normal meal would cost anywhere between 20 and 30 reals, marmatex only 10! This insider info should help us out in Rio, as prices are high due to carnival. But it is the biggest carnival in the world so that should be expected. Stay posted...
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Jamie on

Looking good Justin, keep it going

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