Derek and Ann’s Travels in Brazil
November/December 2005 S ome time ago our friend from London Joan brought a young Brazilian girl to stay with us for the weekend – this made us think of going to Brazil for a holiday. We had a very full on holiday with lots of interesting places to see. We started our holiday in Salvador in the North where we hired a car to drive to the town of Lencois (10 hrs away). We have never ever driven on such a dangerous road full of potholes and huge lorries. Ann thought several times we would die and Derek thought he was a Schumacher!! The scenery around Lencois was amazing. Lencois is in the Paque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina, it’s a beautiful part of Bahia in the North East of Brazil. Pretty little town with virtually no tourists. Luckily we met a English speaking Brazilian who told us of a better road back to Salvador .Lencois was famous for alluvial diamonds Local flight to Manaus the main town in the Amazon. Booked a few days on a boat up the Amazon with 5 others no beds, just hammocks on deck. We walked in the jungle, slept one night (or tried to ) in hammocks on trees, swam in our clothes, fished for Piranhas with odd bits of meat and enjoyed our experiences. Manaus is not a particularly nice town, but the Opera House is wonderful. Near Manaus we saw the meeting of the two rivers, the Rio Solimoes (white river) and Rio Negro (black river). Our next stop were the Foz do Iguacu Falls. These are simply amazing. We stayed at a very nice hotel, a change after the boat. It was nice to get some clean clothes. We have seen the Victoria Falls but the Iguacu Falls are as good, if not better. Onto Curitiba to meet our friend Giselle who had stayed with us in the UK. It was lovely to see her. We drove the 5 hours to her home town to meet her mother (her parents are divorced) it was an interesting drive, lots of mango trees and sugar plantations. Later we met up with her father and he took us to one of his farms. Walking around a Brazilian farm with Giselle, her father and the two of us seemed almost unreal. Pedro had several farms and travelled about 52,000 miles a year. Back to Curitiba to get our things together as Giselle had arranged for us to go with her sister and husband by train to Paranagua and ferry to Ilha Do Mel. It’s a small island with no cars and very few Europeans. We just relaxed, swam and walked along the sandy virtually disserted beaches. . We were sad to leave but had to get a flight back to Rio. We stayed at a well situated hotel in Rio, went up to the cross on the train, watched the sunset at Pao De Acucar and walked on the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Flight back to London after another wonderful holiday full of experiences and funny stories.
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November/December 2005 S ome time ago our friend from London Joan brought a young Brazilian girl to stay with us for the weekend this made us think of going to Brazil for a holiday. We had a very full on holiday with lots of interesting places to see. We started our holiday in Salvador in the North where we hired a car to drive to the town of Lencois (10 hrs away). We have never ever driven on such a dangerous road full of potholes and huge lorries. Ann thought several times we would die and Derek thought he was a Schumacher!! The scenery around Lencois was amazing. Lencois is in the Paque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina, it’s a beautiful part of Bahia in the North East of Brazil. Pretty little town with virtually no tourists. Luckily we met a English speaking Brazilian who told us of a better road back to Salvador .Lencois was famous for alluvial diamonds Local flight to Manaus the main town in the Amazon. Booked a few days on a boat up the Amazon with 5 others no beds, just hammocks on deck. We walked in the jungle, slept one night (or tried to ) in hammocks on trees, swam in our clothes, fished for Piranhas with odd bits of meat and enjoyed our experiences. Manaus is not a particularly nice town, but the Opera House is wonderful. Near Manaus we saw the meeting of the two rivers, the Rio Solimoes (white river) and Rio Negro (black river). Our next stop were the Foz do Iguacu Falls. These are simply amazing. We stayed at a very nice hotel, a change after the boat. It was nice to get some clean clothes. We have seen the Victoria Falls but the Iguacu Falls are as good, if not better. Onto Curitiba to meet our friend Giselle who had stayed with us in the UK. It was lovely to see her. We drove the 5 hours to her home town to meet her mother (her parents are divorced) it was an interesting drive, lots of mango trees and sugar plantations. Later we met up with her father and he took us to one of his farms. Walking around a Brazilian farm with Giselle, her father and the two of us seemed almost unreal. Pedro had several farms and travelled about 52,000 miles a year. Back to Curitiba to get our things together as Giselle had arranged for us to go with her sister and husband by train to Paranagua and ferry to Ilha Do Mel. It’s a small island with no cars and very few Europeans. We just relaxed, swam and walked along the sandy virtually disserted beaches. . We were sad to leave but had to get a flight back to Rio. We stayed at a well situated hotel in Rio, went up to the cross on the train, watched the sunset at Pao De Acucar and walked on the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Flight back to London after another wonderful holiday full of experiences and funny stories.
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