“Lambada-ing” Brazil Part I

Before I write about Copenhagen, my trip to Brazil intervened. It was inevitable.
The boom and the bustling of the BRIC countries have been talked about for sometime now. It was our turn to begin with the big “B”. We set of too Sau Paulo only to miss our transfer flight to Salvador that evening and eventually make it to our destination (Morro de Sau Paulo) in 36 full hours!
It was worth it.

Morro del Sau Paolo is the capital of the island of Tinhare off the cost of Salvador, laid back with great nature and food offering.

Hotel Recommendation:Hotel Villa Guaiamu
A very laid back hotel with hammocks in the garden and the basic necessities of life. (Including AC!) But more importantly it is the garden in which the ‘Blue Crabs’ of the island, that have nearly become extinct is preserved. These land-based crabs have been hunted down in the island for their meat, but in this hotel you have the perfect opportunity to come across their blue-purple-teal green colours on a sunny afternoon.

What to do around the island?
• Caiparinha at the 2nd beach,
• Watching sunset at the light house and lounging out on the club on the way back-sorry, cant remember the name but its impossible to miss!
• Oven-baked pizza at Chez Max
• Swimming, sun-bathing, swimming, sunbathing, swimming....
• Local fruit+drink stands for freshly made cocktails. (We liked mango,cherry, watermelon mixed with Martini Bianco, very subtle and heavenly)
• The Boat trip around Island of Tinhare and Island of Cairu. Tinhare is a paradise on earth kind of place. Surprisingly 40% of the island is owned by Mr Ferrari.
• With the boat trip you get to visit the island of Cairu with 17th century monestry, colourful buildings that remind you of Lego. The backdrop of Tinhare island is made up of a rainforest like nature... and there is also a great stop on the way for oysters. Lots of them...

The Bahia region in the North of Brazil is home to descendant African community in Brazil. Hence the bold colours scattered everywhere.To explain better here’s a quote from TimesOnline:
“Once the slave capital of Brazil, the city earned its reputation and wealth with sugar, shipping in West Africans to work the plantations, building another colonial confection with each small fortune. When they were finally freed, those slaves stamped their culture on the city with rhythmic axé music, the balletic martial art Capoeira, and their own lilting accent on the Portuguese language.”
“The sea, you see, is where the Brazilian soul wants to be. Or perhaps it’s simpler than that, and they just like a nice beach. Either way, once morning hits, Salvador seems to move en masse to Barra – an urban beach 10 minutes from the centre. This sunny stretch has always exerted a siren-like pull – it’s the first place the Europeans settled in Bahia, and Gilberto Gil used to hang out here in the ’60s, when he fancied a break from ‘The Girl from Ipanema’, his annoyingly ubiquitous worldwide hit.” (From: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/destinations/latin_america/article1743635.ece)

2 yorum:

  1. I like how Kayak is spelled Caiaque in the Sau Paulo de Morro photo

  2. I saved reading this for a really dreary day and today is that day. It's 29 degrees F. outside and your lovely post has warmed me up. Thanks..