How many boats does it take to get home?

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Well, Paraty has been eventful.  I arrived again to poor weather after a very bumpy bus ride, complete with singing school kids - so much more cheerful than at home!  

 My first full day there I went for a jeep tour round some of the waterfalls.  I wasnīt too sure to start with as the guide insisted I get in the front and when I tried the seatbelt, it took some forcing to clip in through the rust.  The others hopped in the back and off we went.  I didnīt really know what to expect but the muddy road was quite exciting anyway!  We stopped at a couple of smallish waterfalls which were quite pretty and then on our next stop our guide picked up some bananas - I started to get excited and kept up front with the guide who was making monkey noises.

After a short walk our guide stopped and some tiny, tiny monkeys came down from the trees.  They were shy and were only tempted down by the tasty banana.  Up front I had a great view and got my camera out.  Then came the best bit.  Our guide called me closer, took my camera from me and gave me the banana.  All I had to do was wait and the monkeys came and ate from my hand - I could hardly breath!  I thought the day couldnīt get better but was also persuaded to swing on a rope (like Tarzan, or perhaps Jane) over the waterfalls - a bit of an adrenaline rush too.

The next day my German dorm-mate was going on a boat trip.  The weather was looking up so I agreed to go too.  It was lovely, with only 5 of us on our little boat (number 1), we stopped at a couple of islands and again got to see some monkeys and another odd animal - see pictures.

Then however, our boat broke down!  Our Captain swam to a nearside fishing boat (number 2) who tugged us to our lunch spot.  Whilst the Captain made arrangements to get home we ate some yummy crab Pastels (deep fried pasties) which, despite the description, were lovely.  After having our pictures taken with an islander, who seemed interested in our white skin and blue eyes, the Captain introduced us to our saviour - a manically laughing guy with a can of beer in his hand ... I wasnīt hopeful of our safe return.  However, we headed towards his speedboat (number 3) and when our Brazillian friend asked about who was responsible for our safety.  On hearing this, the guy jumped in his boat and sped off without another word - Captain didnīt look pleased, but secretly I was.

An hour or so later, our Captain had ensured safe passage home.  Another tour boat attached itself to us and started to tug us along (number 4) - I didnīt realise that we were in a caravan and it was also pulling along another boat behind us (number 5).  The group of tourists and captain of the functioning boat laughed as they tugged us all along rather slowly. Until ... his boat broke too!  By this time, we were laughing at our situation (somewhat hysterically), but the other tourists seemed a little upset.  It really was a scene from carry on boating - three boats, tied together, stranded in the sea.  A local boat (number 6) went past and helped out.  Slowly, we made progress until another, more powerful boat (number 7) was called and took us on our way.  Relief at last, it was getting dark but land was getting closer.  So close in fact that we grounded!  The captains obviously werenīt used to getting home this late and the tide had receeded.  Twenty minutes of playing bump, push and pull the 4 boats off the sand and we finally made it, cold and a bit hungry, onto dry land.  

So, in answer to the question, how many boats does it take to get home from a dayīs boat trip, the answer today was 7.
Luckily the hostel put on a BBQ and I ate lots of delicious steak - getting me prepared for Argentina!
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Juli on

excellent stuff, Kate! You might have seen we are having an Indian summer - really hot. But still loads of work and noisy kids and pressure, pressure, pressure!

sandra woods on

Sounds like your def getting the adventure side of things in! Glad the Irish lassies are looking after ya! On mid-ter here - doing f all but thats what I needed after a maniac half term.
Keep blogging and having a blast xxx

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