Published: July 28th 2005July 11th 2005
From Tatajuba we travelled up the coast passing through Camocim (eyesore!) , Parnaiba (nothing there!) and Tutoia (really grim!) and eventually ended up in a small town called Paulinho Neves. We werent really sure what to expect - we knew it was a small fishing town on the banks of a river - but it was much much better than just that !!
Paulinho Neves is the entrance to the small Lencois sand dunes - the difference from the grand lencois - is that the small dunes have vast green areas next to them making them look even more beautiful. We did a really stunning walk over the dunes - cooling off by swimming in the lagoon.
Another day we went with our guide Neilson down the river in a small boat , along the mangroves we saw wild cappachin monkeys that come right to the waters edge to catch the crabs and eat the oysters. In the silence of the forest you can hear the monkeys smashing open the oysters with stones. We drifted past the monkeys on to the rivers foz with the sea - moored the boat and walked along the sand for a while before
swimming in clear blue water. As the tide was out on the way back up the river - we jumped out of the boat and waded some of the way - pushing the boat - its easier than paddling !!!
Add to that - swimming in the local river , eating good food at the tiny local restaurant (Valdo´s) , meeting great people and generally enjoying the tranquility of the small town - it was a fantastic place and one we cant recommend highly enough - if you are ever in the area - go to Paulinho Neves !!!!!!!!
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