Morro de Sao Paulo

Trip Start Oct 10, 2006
Trip End Apr 03, 2007

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Sunday, February 4, 2007

Off to Morro de Sao Paulo, an island 90 minutes by catamaran from Salvador but a world away. No cars on the island. The primary tourist area is all within easy walking distance. Getting off the boat, people wearing official looking t-shirts approach us with help on finding a pousada and providing a taxi for our luggage. The taxi is a wheel barrel since cars are prohibited. Being skeptical I fend off offers and search for myself. The city center is higher priced but right next to the dock. I find a place in praia 1 (beaches are numbered through 4), .5 mi away, which works fine. Single with AC, private bath, view of the ocean for $30. Cheaper places are further out. The beaches are gorgeous with palm trees, hills surrounding ...
At night, praia 2 is the place to be. 50 caparinha stands line the area. They each have many fruits, most of which I've never seen before, to flavor the drinks. Bars and restaurants are further back, outlining the beach. Most places have music, unfortunately fighting each other sometimes. I take my caparinha to a peaceful section of the beach and watch the stars. I do this every night I am at Morro.
My lack of Portuguese and generally introverted self makes meeting people difficult. I can only recall meeting a single American since arriving in Brazil. The non-Brazilian tourists are mostly Argentinean, Italian, Chilean.
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