Being in a fisherman´s town, we had to taste some of the great seafood on offer. On Saturday night, on a beachfront restaturant, we had a feast of prawns and sides.
The food in Florionopolis has been so good, everyday we have been going to the town´s bakery and stocking up on empanadas, coxinha and dulce de leche filled profiteroles. Every night in our hostel, a little old Brazillian man, known affectionately as Chocolate Man, visits around 10pm selling the most delicious homemade chocolates. If you ever go to Backpacker´s Sharehouse, we recommend the strawberry, peanut and plain chocolates. We were literally devastated to have our last ones on Monday night.
On our last day in Barra Da Lagoa, we visted the Tamar Project. It´s an organisation that protects sea turtles from extinction. They take in, rehabilitate and release sea turtles. There are also some turtles kept on site forever, that would not have survived had they not been rescued.
We were sad to leave Floripa, as it has been one of favourite destinations of the whole trip.
Mid week, we reached Paraty, a little colonial town on the coast in Rio De Janeiro State. the town is famous for its original cobbled streets and numerous churches. It´s a destination for backpackers and Brazillians alike, and last weekend it was booked out because of the Easter celebrations.
The area we were staying in overlooks a little beach. We had breakfast here in the morning and caipirinhas by night. One night, the town experienced a blackout, we assume because it was so full for Easter, that the power was overcome. I was very happy with the torch one of my friends bought me before I left!
After a few quiet days in picturesque Paraty, we are most definitely ready for what Rio has to offer.