Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Bed and Breakfast Paraty

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Paraty is another old colonial town - originally the port for gold mined in Ouro Preto on its way to Europe. The cobbled streets are paved with huge irregular stones making walking along them rather hazardous to ankles. Cars are not allowed in the old town (or maybe the suspension is destroyed too fast) so its just bouncing lurching bicycles, and ponies pulling carts - one of them looks a bit like Breeze, so now we have plenty of horse photos.
Paraty is quiet - its midweek in low season, and there is only 1 festival on at the moment, so we seem to be the only people in town - we are the only ones staying at our hostel anyway which is rather a strange experience.
We took a jeep tour to see the waterfalls - and are the only people on the tour... Our very enthusiastic guide is Carlos and he keeps telling us that his job is the best in the world (it probably is), and that his English is sh*t (which it isn't). The waterfalls all have a pool for swimming, and one has a long expanse of water running over slippery rock forming a natural water slide. Excellent fun, and we are still finding the bruises a few days later. We also go cachaca tasting (the local sugar cane spirit, with ice and lime it is a caipirinha).

The following day we took a boat trip to beaches and other snorkeling spots. There are other tourists on the tour!! although most of them are Brazilian. The boat comes complete with live entertainment in the form of a singing guitarist. I think Bevan is having to suppress the air guitar but I cant be sure.
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