Published: July 28th 2009July 25th 2009
The truck ride out of Jeri was rough but very scenic we had to cross 2 rivers, go up some dunes and mangroves until we finally arrive in Camocim. We were dropped off after the last ferry crossing and the driver tried to charge me again, some people did not book with a travel agency like i did so they pay after we get off, i told the driver I already paid but i could not show a receipt as I was not given one. Luckily he did not persist and I was allowed to get on board the next shuttle that let us off at the bus station in Camocin. We have half an hour to kill so we walked around for a bit, having a look at the town, at the plaza there is a fighter plane. Soon another van appeared and were told to switch vans again. One hour later we stopped in some town and we have to take a taxi transport all the way to Parnaiba, it seems like a never ending trabsfer but we arrived eventually in Parnaiba's bus station at 2pm. I asked a Brazilian American woman to ask the driver where can i
get the bus to Tutoia, she told me the town is ugly and full of children, she talked condescendingly od the people in this state, claiming its the poorest in Brazil. Still bent on getting as far as i could to reach Barrierinhas i decided to risk it, the taxi driver said buses leaves from there so i went to ask for tickets, a bus leaves at 3pm so i bought it and sat down and rested while killing time, The british girls are leaving tonight at 8pm for Sao Luis, said bye to them and i went to the platform where the bus leaves, Jean Marc, a french dude who was in our shuttle bus out of Jeri started talking to me we are going to the same place so we decided to hang out together.
Our bus was almost empty when we left the station, it stopped at a few more places and before we left the town we are full, lots of children on the bus! The trip lasted 3 hours and it was already dark when we arrived in Tutoia, we asked around where the Hotel Pousada is, which was listed on Jean Marc's French
guidebook as the best in town, we walked 300 meters from the bus station and found it. We were quoted 85 reais so we showed the guy the book saying it is only 50 reais for a double, so we bargained hard and got it down to 60 reais. the room was nice with a/c and tv with 3 working channels, I found jean Marc watching Woody Woodpecker when I stepped out of the shower. We walked to see the town, it doesnt look as bad as the woman made it sound to be,the port is next to our hotel and we had dinner in one of the restuarants in the plaza, as we wait for dinner young kids were doing the capoeira in the plaza, there was also fireworks but we dont know what for. the fried fish we ordered was delicious. After we had our full we went back and I slept right away, Jean Marc went out to internet and check out the party scene in town, music blaring from giant speakers, typical of northern Brazil.
in the morning after breakfast i walked to check out the scene at the port, there was a truck loaded
with fruits and veggies park near the plaza and a man and his two young sons were selling to the public, i took fotos and the two kids laugh and posed for me, they are loving the attention. Then the fish market was next, lots of fish being salted and aat the port the fisherman were unloading their catch of shrimps. we checked out of the hotel and waited for the truck transport, the guys at the hotel made the arrangements for us and we will be picked up at the hotel, 9am was the departure time we did not get picked up until 30 minutes past. For 20 reais the truck took us to Pualinho Neves a qauint town near a river, the truck ride where we sat on wooden planks, laid out across the back of the truck was uncomfortable but very scenic passing through sleepy town and gorgeous dunes. we stopped in some towns to unload and pick up people. we see lots of people outside of their houses and sitting on chairs, its so hot here you need to catch the occasional breeze outside, some i saw sprawled on the floor to cool off. We got
dropped off at the town plaza of Paulinho Neves around 11am, we waited for 45 minutes before the truck headed for Barrierinhas appeared. this was more comfy you sit forward. but the knees keeps hitting the back of the seat in front everytime we hit dibs in the sand, again uncomfortable but the scenery is worth the journey, wow gorgeous colors and shapes of the dunes just outside the Paulinho Neves town, we went around the dunes for a good half hour then we went to dune forests and small towns, I as usual was getting tired and fell asleep despite the bumpy ride and hit my head on the railing, not hard but enough to waken me up from there on. this ride is unforgettable for me, the scenery is different from Jeri, there is more colors here and the dunes not as high but there are more shapes. 2 hours later we arrived in the town of Barreirinhas.
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