The bus from Punta del Diablo took one hour to get to the border town of
Chuy where we had to buy our bus tickets for that night and then wait
around for 10 hours. One side of the road here is the Uruguayan side
'Chuy' and the other side is the Brazilian 'Chui'.
an overnight bus to Porto Allegre, we caught another 10 hour bus to
Florianopolis. After months of Spanish we suddenly couldn't understand
anything again. In Portugese the days of the week are numbered after
Saturday and Sunday, like the word for 'monday' is 'second-day', then
is a city that spreads from the mainland across a big bridge to the
Santa Catarina Island, which has about 44 beaches, hills with tropical
jungle and scenic lakes. Our first stop was a built up place beside one
of the lakes, from here we went to one of the most popular beaches;
The colour of the water was amazing!
Beach vendor food - Acai sorbet with granola on top- gorgeous - our new favourite Brazilian snack.
we'd had enough of the beautiful people at Praia Mole, we went to the
less developed south of the island to a tiny fishing village called
Pantano do Sul. It was perfect.
View from the balcony outside our room...
The perfect place to treat ourselves to a seafood "symphony" for two...(plus Caipirinhas)
gigantic mussels - these ones weren't unbearded, I never even knew that
mussels had 'beards' that are normally removed. You can see the beard
sticking out the top here...
I think it would've been ok for 4-6 people, they just kept coming with more, and this was only the starter...
outside the town there was a trail leading up and over hill, through
tropical forest, to a quiet beach that is only accessible by this hour
and a half long walk.
A snake went across the path infront of us...
Unfortunately it was really windy and overcast so we didn't stay too long, but the walk there and back was great.
A big black hairy tarantula ran across the path too!
View of the town from the top of the hill...
Then back to Florianopolis to get the night bus to Sao Paulo.