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Day 32

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I can't believe it's been 1 month already! Exactly 1 month ago I was on my way to the airport, unaware of all the adventures and crazy stories ahead of me... Every day I wake up thinking I'm so glad I made that decision.

After a pretty decent night bus journey (I'm starting to really like them), Eva and I arrived in Salvador early in the morning and managed to follow our plan: leave our bags in the lockers of the station then take a 2h bus to Praia do Forte in the North of the city to spend the day on the beach. It was a perfect day to lie lazily on the beach and exactly what we needed after a few days in the beautiful but rainy countryside. I bought a mini brazilian bikini (I kind of had to) and then faithful to our tradition we had Açai for lunch - they say it's healthy, right? The beach itself, lined with coconut trees, and the little town centre with a pretty white church and lots of shops and restaurants were really cool, probably more for wealthy Brazilians and tourists but good enough for us!

After a day in the sun we started our long journey back to Salvador - did I mention that there's no such thing as "bus schedules" here? the best way to get a bus is to go to the bus stop and just wait until a bus comes up haha... I always wonder how anyone ever make it to work or any important appointment. Back to Salvador, we just went out for a big pizza and a last stroll in the lively streets of the city filled with traditional Brazilian music and had an early night as Eva had an early flight to Rio.
My plan, against everyone else's it seems, was to take my time to go to Rio by slowly going down by bus, stopping along the way into nice beach towns.

My next stop was Itacaré. Night buses are for me the best way to go from one place to another: it means you save money on accomodation, and you avoid wasting time when travelling by day. Unfortunately there was no night bus so I had to take a city bus to catch the 1h ferry to Itaparica island and then the 5h bus to Itacare - including transfers, waiting time, traffic and delays, I arrived in Itacare at 8.30pm. I found there Fabio and Soline, 2 Germans that I had met in Lençois and we went out in town for caipirinhas and live music - always nice to see a friendly face when you arrive somewhere new!
They both left the next day but recommended me nice beaches to go to, only a short bus ride away: Engenhoca and Havaizinho. These were among the most beautiful beaches I have seen. After a 10min walk through a tropical jungle, you are rewarded with a stunning view: a wild beach with coconut trees, rocks and vegetation, and most importantly, virtually no one in sight. I spent a great day there, exploring the different beaches, reading the French book I had found in a previous hostel, eating tapioca crepes and drinking a Maracujá (passion fruit - my favourite) juice.

The following morning I had an early start as I had to catch the 7.15am bus to Porto Seguro - sadly, no night bus again. From there, I shared a taxi with other travellers, then got a ferry and a bus to finally arrive in my hostel in Arraial d'Ajuda yay! I relaxed in the pool and then met a nice Chilean guy, Roberto, who gave me lots of tips on where to go in Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Over the next 2 days we had a great time exploring the area, starting in Curuípe where we visited an indigenous reserve. We also spent an afternoon in beautiful Praia do Espelho which we explored by foot. The final highlight was Trancoso, a very picturesque town with beautiful beaches: Praia dos Nativos and Praia dos Coqueiros - I had heard about it in a French ELLE magazine and it looked gorgeous so I wanted to go and see it by myself...

After a little panic that we might miss our bus, we managed to do the painfully long taxi-bus-ferry-bus journey all the way back to the bus station in Porto Seguro where we boarded our bus to Rio on time.

After 20h of bus (my longest bus journey so far!), here I am in Rio de Janeiro!! I've already enjoyed some of the Carnaval craziness and I'm loving it! More news to come soon as I tell you all about my carioca life in this beautiful city.

Beijos xx

Posted by carochauvet 14:05 Archived in Brazil Tagged beaches bahia brazil

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Cool, no scaring peaks and cliffs making nightmare (or close) to your "poor old dad". Only stunning beaches almost for you only, sea, sun and...what ?
I guess you'll rest in Rio, quiet city, no noise, no crowd at this time. Enjoy and keep describe better than any globe trotter.

by Pap

Les plages sont de plus en plus belles! Hâte de voir les photos de Rio et du carnaval!! xx

by Camillou

I love beaches with anyone... Do you think you will bring back the nice parrot ?
You look like a pretty bresilan with your hat and your brown skin

by Mummy

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