The little coastal town
Sarah and I left the hustle of Rio and headed on a bus to Paraty- about 4 hours south. The bus ride was comfortable and a semi lay down bus which means that the seats are basically at 30 degrees. Very comfy for a snooze.
We arrived to a a very muggy Paraty and got a taxi to the hostel which was across the street from a small beach. We decided to go for a swim. I beat Sarah in every race, she claims the handicapper needs to be shot. The water was a disgusting warm- not becasue of any other reason than it was in a little bay that was not getting any circulation.
We then sat on the beach after our extensive excercise and had a few beers at one of the four hut style cafes, just plastic chairs and tables on the beach. At R4 a long neck this soon turned into me having a few. Sarah saying- why cant you just have a couple and then stop, slow down, etc etc. It could be said I was fairly pissed. Well I had excercised. Whilst we drank a huge storm blew in- very scenic across the mountains and it rained very hard. The hostel only had power in some rooms so we swapped around to get one with a working fan. The water had come back on earleir in the afternoon.
Paraty is a little fishing village in a bay- there are many little villages on the bay that are only accesasble by boat. Paraty being the cenrte for these small places. Big mountains which clouds sit on surround the area, with lush green follage covering them.
The first night we went out for dinner to a pub- ate, all very nice- then found out there were no visa facilities- all ATMs closed at 10pm- and we had about R20 less than we needed to pay for dinner. Sarah had to walk back to the hostel and ask to borrow R50 so that we could pay for dinner. I stayed and had another beer- well someone had to. The next morning I found in my pocket that Ihad more than R50' oops' must have missed that note due to the beer, Sarah not so impressed.
The next day continued to rain so we decided to get up late and just go into the old town- stone streets- no cars- horse and carts- very pretty. We just spent the day emailing and writing the previous blog. Got back to the hostel, Sarah went for a swim and I had a beer. Then went out for dinner again, with money this time.
The next day we went on a boat trip which took us out of the bay to the ocean side. We snorkelled- looked at coral, fish etc in nice clean water. The boat was great- big sailing boat. We went passed lots of little islands with single houses on them. Obviously there is some money in South America somewhere as these places were pretty impressive. We swam onto beaches and ate a nice lunch of squid on the boat- well I did anyway- Sarah had an upset tummy- touch wood I dont get it.
One of the houses had a spa room in the trees over looking the ocean pretty amazing.
The boat trip was great and only cost AUD 15 each which was a great value for 5 hours out. After our boat trip we lazed around at the hostel- I did some excercise and Sarah snoozed. Dinner involved a Caprahina for me (pineapple) which was average and will not be re ordered. But when in Rome.
Paraty was a great spot and very relaxing after the busy Rio. We have now moved to Sao Paulo on the bus (5 hours) are in the station for 2 hours (hence the update) and then on a bus for 16 hours to Iguacu Falls- we have a sleeper which means it goes totally flaty so should be ok.... we will see.
That is Paraty wrapped up- update after Iguacu.