...where your sweat glands work in overdrive! and where Fernanda the pink butterfly watch was born!
22.11.2009 - 27.11.2009 37 °C
So after a hairraising 2 hour public bus journey we arrived in Paraty and got to our hostel, Misti Chill. First impressions of Pararty....... Not as pretty as every1 says... infact quite the opposite.... that was until we found the the river that devides old colonial with new "shabby chic" and the bridge! Paraty is actually very pretty and just like every one had described! Infact probably even nicer! Picture massive and uneven cobble stone walkways lined with beautiful white buildings with colourful doors and windows....+ the odd horse and cart!
Paraty seems to have a different climate to the rest of Brazil one where the hummidity is so immense, proved
by the fact that we were dripping from the moment we stepped of the bus until well into the early hours of the morning despite fans and numerous cooling aids!
Spent our first full day reclining on sunloungers onboard a rather flashy woodern boat ship, sailing between islands and deserted beaches! In the evening enjoyed a lovely meal accompanied by a live singer and musician... amazing we thought until they tried to charge us for the pleasure.... we did not agree, needless to say Chez worked her magic and we didnt have to pay!
The next day we tried our luck at local transport and headed into the hills to find what had been described to us as a mass natural waterslide!.....It was just that. We follwed some other people in swimwear off the bus into the jungle. All of a sudden out of nowhere appeared the mahoosive watery rock with crazed locals sliding down it on their feet, dive bombing into the pool at the base, splashing all of the opened mouthed bemused tourists viewing from the rocks below! Now it was our go however no girls seemed to be attempting it so we started off with a gentler activity of climbing behind a smaller waterfall, sitting underneath it and then sliding down the small slope into an icy pool. We befriended a local who took us under his wing and showed us the art of rock sliding.
With a pull of the arm and a push on the back Chez was first to decend follwed shortly by Gemma, both of which were extreamly successful. The second time round wasnt as successful for Gemma, filmed by chez she managed to gymnastically flipm onto her side then onto her stomach to enter the pool at the bottom backwards and with an almighty splash. Chez second attempt was a hek of a lot better..... Video footage to shortly follow!
Cooked our first successfull meal in the hostel that night followed by a well deserved long sleep!
Day 3 in Paraty..... Clare you have some explaining to do! So we took Clares advice about a hike to a beautiful beach in the middle of nowhere. A - middle of nowhere is an understatement. B - This beach was by no means near as beautiful as Lopez Mendez and C - There was no mention of snakes, spiders or crocodile sized lizards along the way! We must say however the beach was very nice, probably slightly hindered by the fact that it was cloudy and it took an 1hour uphill of pure sweat, mud and fright in total issolation to get there! Neadless to say Gemma ran to the bus when she saw it on the way back. Note Flip Flops are not a good treking aid! Evening was rewarded by all you could eat pizza and a night out on the town!
Last day was the best, we got a local bus to Trinidade.... A small beachy paradise just over the mountain from Paraty. Spent the entire day horrizontal sunning ourselves on a beach watching the local kids surf!
In the evening we decided to head out with the guys who ran the hostel again. This time not getting in until the late early hours of the morning. Brilliant way to end a lovely place... It was hard to leave.
Things we learnt in Paraty....
- Dogs are more than welcome in clubs and make good dancing partners
- Jumping off bridges in the middle of the night is a bad idea!
- Never wear flipflops treking
- Always get a room with AC
- Never sleep with the bosses neice! (not us.... just a note for good measure!)
On to Sao Paulo and the falls.....