Up, up and up some more to Padilla

Up, up and up some more to Padilla

Having expected Puente Acero to be a town, I had no food left over. I asked the lady about breakfast and got the choice of fish or the ubiquitous chicken. Even though we were right by a river, I really didn’t want fish for breakfast. I’ve had it a few times in Japan and Korea and it just doesn’t work for me. I hadn’t seen any dots on the road before Padilla, at the top of the hill, and so tried to stock up at the little shop. That was until I went inside to see what they

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Rio is too pretty

Rio is too pretty

This post is very image heavy cos Rio is just beautiful.

On my first day, I went out with Leo and Fabiana, my hosts, to go market hopping. We spent the whole day wandering around a few different markets, and it was so tiring. A couple of hours for me is good, the whole day… pushing it a little. They showed me a few different parts of the city, from Lapa, the bohemian neighbourhood, to Centro where some old buildings from the colonial times still remain. In the evening we went out to drink,

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Lençois

Lençois

During my stay in Lençois I stayed at Pousada Alto do Cajuiero, owned by Ronaldo. I was lucky that there was a group of tourists from Fortaleza there that Ronaldo knew the guides of. Apparently not everyone would be going on the trip so there was space on the bus for me to tag along. I got taken on the most popular excursion in the area which involved a fair drive out of Lençois to a nearby town to see Gruta

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Recife – Maceió

Recife – Maceió

Recife – Porto de Galinhas
Having enjoyed the pre-carnival, there were suggestions that I should stay for the real thing and I really would have liked to – being limited to 180 days per year in Brazil is just unfair! As it was, I was out and on the way to my next capital city – Maceió – which was about 3 days away. I hit the bike path on the way out of town, which involved a 2 minute boat ride from Recife Antigo which I shared with a cycling dentist on his way to work.

The

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João Pessoa – Recife

João Pessoa – Recife

Day off in João Pessoa

I just had a single day off, but there wasn’t that much to see in the city so it was enough. The main highlight downtown was the Church of Sao Francisco, which is definitely worth a visit. In the evening I met up with Paulo from Couchsurfing and we went to the Estaçao iCabo Branco, which as well as being designed by Oscar Niemeyer was full of interesting local art.

Roney & Dama are full of life and love to talk, Roney in particular loving to debate. We got to

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