Our time on Ilha Grande is over and that means Bus time, yay!….Not really, but buses are a part of traveling on a budget so charg your phone, tablet, or ipod with music or carry a few books (if you can still read on a bumpy ride that is.) Our next stop was Paraty and we read about a cheap local bus you can catch just down from the ferry terminal. This bus is only R$12 which is about $5 AUD for a 3 hour journey and is a steal compared with other buss we had caught. It was just a normal buss like you would catch in any city and you paid for your tickets on the buss so try get to the front of the pack as once its full you will have to wait for the next one!
Paraty is a small costal town that is popular with Brazilians trying to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It is very famous for it’s old town. The old town is paved with stone and will give you sore ankles trying to navigate the streets, but the place is really beautiful with very limited traffic it is a really nice place to walk around and take in a town stuck back in time. Make sure you check out one of the many Liquor stores and try some locally made caramel, it’s really good and also cheap.
Our hostel was a little bit out of the old town but was located only 100m from the beach. Paraty’s beach is lined with cool bars and restaurants who serve amazing seafood and cold beer and although the beach itself isn’t very beautiful it’s still fun for an afternoon and is perfect for cooling down after the day walking the old town.
We only spent 2 nights in Paraty and it was enough for us. We were traveling with an Aussie fella named Liam and he had surf boards with him so we were both itching to get some waves so we decided to high tail it Ubatuba! Ubatuba is… you guessed it, another beach side town but the surf report was good so it was back on the bus for another few hours. We checked into our hostel and just walked the town for the afternoon and ended up at the local skate park watching some young local guys absolutely shred – really got me and Liam (the Aussie) talking about the good old days skating the weekends away hanging out with your mates. Gets you thinking about the memories you’re making right now and how one day you will be looking back thinking they were the good old days. It may sound cheesy but it makes you take a step back and appreciate the moment!
Ubatuba is a nice place especially if you’re in need of a few beach days lazing around or enjoy surfing. It also has the cheapest helicopter flights I’ve ever seen ($30AUD) although between drinking and surfing we some how forgot and never ended up doing one but I would recommend it just because of the great price! I was really excited when I got there and saw the airport in town and a poster of a skydive club but unfortunately it had closed down a few years back so I’ll have to save my first experience jumping overseas to another day. There was something about Ubatuba that they don’t tell you and that is its nicknamed “Ubashuba” which means rainy place and after the first few lovely days we had the storms set in but boy do they put on a spectacular display. Unfortunately for us lighting over your head while your out in the water surfing is not ideal but luckily for us we had another place up our sleeves and decided now would be a good time to hit the road.
Our coastal run was not over and our next stop was Bertioga. We didn’t know much about this place but it had some cool beaches and we managed to find an awesome place to stay called Bertioga Hostel. We got the opportunity to try traditional Brazilian drinks and a chef was also staying there, so one night we all had a massive feast with drinks and Asian food – it really was amazing. We spent the days surfing the choppy swell and the nights drinking a little too much with good people (if you are ever in the area this is the place to stay.) Surfing lessons, board hire, free coffee and fruit all day are just some of the cool stuff this place has to offer!
For now we say goodbye to the coast of Brazil and we head inland to Sao Paulo, it’s been an amazing time and good to experience how Brazilians spend their spare time/holidays (I must say we Australians are very similar.) I mean, where else in the world do you see people drinking at the beach at 10am!