24.04.2008 - 25.04.2008 30 °C
Yes, the breakfast was the best in Brazil. When you’re traveling, it’s so fantastic to wake up to a good breakfast already prepared for you – it makes such a difference to how you feel about the day ahead and this one was a good one. Cereal (oh how we missed cereal), fresh juices, fruit salad, yogurt, cream, bread, ham, cheese, jams, fruit, cake and coffee. We ate enough to skip lunch.
We walked to Lopes Mendez beach, a 2 hour hike through rainforest over steep jungle terrain and along beaches with some beautiful sights along the way. An unintended detour revealed another cute and quiet beach called Abraoozihno. We intended to hire boards and surf, but the waves were too small to justify the effort and expense so we just jumped in for a swim and relaxed. Lopes Mendez is a justified highlight for the island, a long and easy arc of clean white sand and clear water. One can only get there by hiking in or boat. Deciding to walk back rather than catch the boat, we left with enough time to beat the darkness and make afternoon tea back at the B&B and stuff ourselves with free biscuits and coffee.
Two dutch men (a father and son duo) were also staying at the B&B – Wim and Martin. We ended up having dinner with them at a beach-side restaurant – Café de Mar (there’s one with that name in every town here). It rained heavily after our meal as it seems to every night at this time of year and we walked home in the rain to bed.
Starting with the same breakfast, this day we hiked to an inland waterfall (Cachoeria Feiticiera – literally witches waterfall), again through rainforest and jungle, past on old stone aqueduct . We saw a troupe of small possum-like animals along the way. We jumped into the pool at the base of the waterfall and gave ourselves a pressure-wash before walking to Praia de Feiticiera – a tiny but nice little beach 5mins further on.
Again declining the taxi-boat back to Abraoo, we trekked back along the trail and were rewarded with seeing a howler monkey crashing through the canopy before again stuffing ourselves full of free coffee and biscuits at the B&B. How did we ever manage without afternoon tea before?