The Road to Iguacu
Iguassu Falls Nat'l Park
Macuco Boat Safari
Iguazu Falls Rest.
Foz Tropicana Aviary
6 - Rafain Churrascaria
7 - The Road to Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
9 - Sueste Bay Snorkeling
10 - Farewell to Fernando
11 - The Road to Rio
12 - The Hippie Market
13 - Sugar Loaf Mountain
14 - Copacabana Palace
15 - Too Much Gluten
16 - Botanical Gardens
17 - Buzios
18 - Copacabana
19 - Ipanema Beach
20 - Plataforma Show
21 - Corcovado Mountain
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BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE - DAY
6 - FERNANDO DE NORONHA BRAZIL
Sandra behind the wheel of our Dune Buggy.
our last day on Fernando de Noronha, we decide to skip
the Dolphins Bay tour that we had contemplated and to
explore the remainder of the island. After our
usual breakfast at the Pousada da Morena and packing
things up, I'm shocked to figure out that we've been
using the shower incorrectly all this time. As
I turn on the right knob and leave the left knob off,
I'm greeted with something we've both craved for this
entire trip - HOT WATER!! Ahhhh....it feels so
good - haven't had a hot shower in days!
We notice that our airport transfer provider has
indicated that they will pick us up at 3:00PM for
our 4:00PM flight - this would be fine except for
the fact that we're flying at 3:00 and not 4:00.
We ask the front
desk to help us call them and reschedule and they are
only too happy to oblige - luckily we noticed that!
another beautiful blue sun-filled sky as we head
out and Sandra drives the buggy for the first time.
We head for Sueste Beach, but just before reaching
it, we hang a right down some dirt roads and find
ourselves at a short trail to an old fort site,
which offers an astonishing view of Sueste Bay.
A Brazilian lady spots four large turtles from the
shore, and we stand, staring wistfully - wishing
we could be down there snorkeling in the crystal
clear blue waters of the bay.
we go over to Caracas Point, where we take in some
more vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, then down to
another beach where sea turtles are known to breed.
This beach is breathtakingly beautiful - I want
to stay just one more day SO bad at this point.
Next, we go up to the Port, where we again have
a drink at the ocean view restaurant overlooking
the marina, then get gas for a nice $8.00 per gallon
(only 4 liters this time) and go up to the ruins
of Fort Sao Joaquim do Sueste. The road leading
to the ruins is pothole ridden cobblestone and it
pushes our buggy and driving skills to the limit.
The entry to the ruins is blocked off, so Sandra
waits in the car while I hoof it up the ancient
cobblestone road up to the fort.
Sandra admires the
vista at Caracas Point, Brazil.
Beachside Bar and Grill in Fernando de Noronha..
is in amazingly good shape for being 400 years old,
with most of its cannons still intact and many of the
walls as well. I can really picture what it would
have been like back in its day - a lookout post and
military fortress for the Portuguese. I hike up
to the lookout tower and am treated to panoramic 360
degree views of the city, the marina, and the ocean
Now we go
down to still another beach - this one like the others
in the majesty of it's sparkling white sand and crystal-clear
beautiful Caribbean-blue water, but different in that
on this beach there is a huge surf complete with surfers.
10-foot breakers going and we stand and watch the
surfers crashing and burning. After a nice
walk along the beach, we stop at a wonderful
beachside bar nestled in the palm trees like a
tropical oasis. I half-expect Jimmy Buffett to
be tending bar. We order
some Capirinhas and a grilled fish - absolutely the
best fish we've had in Brazil. Smoked in Banana
Leaves on a fire-coal grill (no electricity at this
bar), it is emblazoned with flavor - too bad we're in
such a hurry because we now have less than a half-hour
before we're to be picked up at the Pousada to
go to the airport.
This is truly a defining moment for
this portion of the trip - we could have lounged here
We race back
up the rocky dirt road back to the Pousada and get our
gear together just in the nick of time. It's back
to the airport, back on Varig to Recife and on to Rio
de Janeiro to meet Sandra's mom Kicki and her live-in
beau Bertil. This Varig plane has all leather
seats unlike the others, but we were still treated to
another two sandwiches, identical to the eight or so
of these we'd had on Varig planes in the past couple
Sandra enjoys her BBQ Fish
at the Cozy Beach Bar..
We land in
Recife, taking note of the city's unending skyscrapers
and beautiful blue water. We also notice that
the new people boarding the plane are much less casual
than those we've been seeing throughout this trip.
The unending t-shirt with shorts or jeans Brazilians
are now replaced with button-up shirt and jeans Brazilians.
Now I fit in a little more, as I've been wearing button-ups
for the most part with shorts...
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