Once the missing backpack arrived we booked our bus for the next day to get out of Sao Paulo a.s.a.p.and enjoy our last few weeks on this amazing continent, chilling on the beaches, trekking on some tropical islands and making our way up the coast. First we had to try and get to grips with the Brazilians strange little language…..Portuguese! We couldn’t even order a beer, even the English words had a Brazilian twist. A longneck bottle of beer was a Longy-necky , and facebook was Facey-bookey.
First stop was Parati (Para-chee) to catch up with a traveling friend and enjoy the Brazilian sun and sea. Next stop for the Easter weekend was the popular holiday island, Ilha Grande (ill-ha gran-jee). About halfway from both Rio and Sao Paulo, this picturesque getaway is swarmed by residents of both for the long weekend. Trekking through the jungle, lounging in the ocean and cold beers at sundown were the order of the day and the perfect way to enjoy our last few weeks in paradise before we hit the south American finale….Rio de Janeiro.