Our summer holidays

Trip Start Mar 04, 2008
Trip End Jun 08, 2008

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

After a 29 hour bus journey from Slavador...with a lot of crazy and very taalkative old women we arrived back in Rio only to get on a another 4 hr bus.  Arrived in Paraty late in the evening and were lucky to find accomodation pretty easily.  It was Saturday of Easter weeekend and all the Brazilians had flocked to the beach for their hols! 
Went to see some beautiful beaches and soak up some sun, finally both have nice tans and no sunburn!  Strolled round town in the evening and discovered the best ice cream in Brazil, very dangerous, replacing alcohol with ice cream!! 

Took a private jeep tour with Carlos from our hostel who speaks no English, is in his 60īs, and a total crazy who thinks Sarah is involved with the IRA.  Had a brilliiant day, seeing waterfalls, sliding down rocks and jumping off rope swings.  Saw a snake adn were told there were giant spiders but thankfully they were hiding!  Got very wet but Carlosīs chat and miming kept us entertained.  Also went to a Cachaįa distillary and sampled some liqueurs, not good! 

Had one ofour best days so far yesterday on a boat tour oflocal islands and beaches. Its sobeautiful here, and the weather was perfect. There were just 5 of us (including a very adventurous 70 year old!) We went snorkelling and I even went in and had a look at the evil fishes...but it all got a bit much for me when they got close and I had to get out!! We swam a lot in the beautiful water...so clear and warm. And had a rest on some of the beaches. And in the evening went out fora really nice meal with our new friends! Also had some ice cream but were very dissappointed in comparison to the amazing ice cream from before :(

Today we were feeling very adventurous so decided to hire a kayak and go and explore on our own.  Got over to the next beach no problem and had a wee rest and sunbathed.  The decided to venture a little further out to look at a small island, all still going well and we were very pleased with ourselves until we decided to head back and the currrent was a bit crazy, had a close call with some rocks and then did a few full 360 turns as we couldnīt go in the direction we wanted.  Managed to get back to the beach where the guy we rented it from seemed very amused by our efforts!  Made it back in one piece ready for our next adventure!  Had more ice cream to reward ourselves for our efforts.
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