After Morro de Sao Paulo we caught a bus down to Itacare, thankfully foreign tourists haven’t really caught up to Itacare yet so it was really nice to relax in a place with the locals. We stayed here for a full week going to the beach almost every day and working on our tan. The beach’s were amazing, white crisp sand and warm sea with a good amount of waves. Itacare is a real surfer town too so you can just pass hours watching the surfers and eating grilled queijo (cheese). We tried Moqueca, the local Bahai dish one evening, it is a bit like a mild curry but is a stew made with fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, coconut milk and palm oil. It is served with rice and a salad.
Next on our list was Porto Seguro, another beach town on the East coast of Brazil. Here it was much more lively, but again with locals which was nice, I don’t think we heard one English speaking foreigner here. In the evening the main street came alive with numerous market stalls selling everything from wooden bowls to massive chocolate cakes, there was also a street where there were loads of cocktail stalls, with masses of fresh fruit piled up.
To get to the nicer beach, Arraial D’ajuda we had to cross the estuary by ferry and walk 4 km, I wasn’t too impressed with this beach as there was so much seaweed and it was dead. We stayed for a few hours but went back to Porto Seguro soon after, it was also very very hot.
After 4 days in Porto Seguro we flew back to Rio and stayed in the boheium district of Saint Teresa for one night before we had to fly back to the UK. Our flight back home wasn’t until 11pm so we had the whole day to potter around and enjoy Pauls 30th birthday. We walked to Saint Teresa’s mosaic stairs then caught the metro to Copacabana where we had the biggest pizza in a nice restaurant opposite the beach. It was really lovely being back in Rio, and it was so different than when we visited the month before for Carnival.
Then it was off to the airport to fly back home in preparation for a week of skiing in France….