Blogs from Lençóis, Bahia, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis April 15th 2016

Today have to face the long bus trip back to Salvador, and then taxi from bus station to hotel near the airport for flight the next morning at 10 .15 back to Rio. Started off after breakfast eploring the walk to a warfall which begins near the pousada. This is one of the points it markets itself on but when I asked about it the day I arrived was told that I shouldn't do it without a guide!! In fact acording to LP there are lots of walks that you can do out of Lençois itself but none of them are signposted. I have worked out that this is to ensure that the guides make a living. Anyway surely even I cannot get lost within 15 minutes. No, I can't although I do come back a ... read more
The river at Lençóis
The former French Vice- consulate building, Lençóis
'Waterfall' near the pousada

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis April 14th 2016

The night was a bit cooler than in Salvador, thank goodness, or at least the temperature in my room was. The terrace where they serve breakfast is lovely. I am the only one here at the moment but there was a great range of food to choose from, including toast and avocado paté made from avocados hanging on a tree right next to the terrace. Was picked up as arranged for the day trip - it turned out to be a group of 10. As predicted, a lot of people had signed up during the previous evening. They were a mixture of Brazilian, European, American and Brits. I sat next to a young multi-lingual German girl who very kindly carried my bag when we did the difficult scramble down to the waterfall and pools. I know ... read more
View over Mucegezinho
Steps up from Poço do Diabo
Entrance to Gruta da Lapa Doce

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis April 14th 2016

I was picked up promptly for my trip today. There were six of us - a trio of French speakers, two of whom were living in Brazil long term and a visiting cousin. The cousin spoke little English and less Portuguese but I managed to have a chat with the other two, mainly in Portuguese. Everybody loves the fact that a tourist has made the effort to learn some Portuguese and thy are always interested to know where I learnt it - which makes all that hard work worthwhile. The other pair were Brazilians and they mainly spoke to the guides. The main agency guide spoke limited English and Portuguese. In contrast to the scenery yesterday, which was a sort of scrubland with the occasional cactus today, we were surrounded by jungle. We were not travelling ... read more
Marimbas wetlands
Marimbas wetlands
Swimming at Roncador

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis April 13th 2016

Had to get up at 5.45 a.m. today to catch the 6 am bus for Lençois. Wouldn't normally choose to get up at that time but, quite honestly, I was glad to see the back of Salvador although I do have to do an overnight there en-route back from Lençois to Parati. Getting this bus would also give me time to fix up a tour for the following day. Rita said she would be up in time to see me off - she normally gets up early which I was glad about, if only because she seemed to have occasional problems getting any of her sets of keys to open the door. As It turned out, she ordered another taxi for me when the one I thought I had ordered failed to appear. She also made ... read more
Prefeitura Municipal, Lençois
View of Lençois overlooking the river
Typical street, Lençois

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis March 2nd 2012

I have been travelling for 3 months now and have now decided to start writing a blog. I cannot guarantee the quality of my writing, or whether this may interest you at all, but I would like to update this once a week – even if it is only one sentence…..ok, maybe a damn good sentence – but it counts! This could be an interesting challenge, considering I have not kept up with the Facebook & email posts to date – but I have to start somewhere. Better late than never, right?! Let’s renegotiate for once a month then... So since Aaron left at the end of January, I have travelled up the east coast of Brazil between Rio de Janeiro & Salvador. And they are 2 very different cities and the cultures which thrive amongst ... read more
Arial d'Juda
Officially the BEST acai found thus far

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis October 6th 2011

Hello all! It´s time for a first real blog update! A lot has happened since I´ve arrived here so I hope to be able to summarize it neatly. The moment I arrived in Salvador I realized how two-sided things are here. People are extremely relaxed and friendly, but they also realize the dangers of the city since there is a lot of Poverty around. I stayed in a hostel called Nega Maluca, which means ´crazy black woman.' It´s located in Santo Antonio, just outside of the Pelourinho, which is the historical center of Salvador. Incidentally it´s also in the middle of a favela. In other words not the safest of places to be. During the day it´s fine though, there is a lot of Police around to keep it safe for the tourists. But at night ... read more
View from hostel
Street in Salvadro

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis August 22nd 2011

After running (and almost missing) our bus from Rio, we spent a leisurely 18 hours on a bus to Brasilia, Brazil´s capital. Despite having bought the cheapest tickets, the bus was great with ample leg room and good drivers. We soon discovered, however, that Brasilians have a bad habit of listening to music from their cellphones at any volume level and at any time of the day or night.We arrived in Brasilia to what reminded me of a bit of India - a chaotic bus terminal and no one really knowing what was happening. Our Ruigh Guide book let us down by leading us to a closed down hostel, another that didn~t answer their doorbell and a third very pricy one. We finally found something. Brasilia is a hot, dry, dusty city and we were both ... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis May 30th 2011

I admit the last post was something of a weak scam. I never made it to Salvador during it. Feel free to take that as a reflection of just how f*****g long a journey it was over the Atlantic. I digress... Exiting Salvador airport made me extremely happy for so many reasons, though the largest contribution was undoubtedly thanks to being greeted by the smiling familiar face of Ines. I don't know for certain, but I imagine the smile disappeared when we hugged and she caught a whiff of me... We took the local bus vaguely in the direction of Barra and seemed to meander for quite some which allowed us to catch up on events over the past several months. This was broken up by the sounds of several shots being fired which caused my ... read more
View from the balcony
The old and the new
Christ watching over Barra

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis December 14th 2010

12/12 Following on from the trekking and a couple of adventurous days for Tasha and Amy, we decided to have an indoor day - a decision aided by the rain. We got up late, read our books and hung at the hostel - Pousada Daime Sono. It's a pretty worn hostel and is run by Rodrigo, a well-known guy about town who has done nothing but make us feel welcome since we arrived - he also has a dog called Tatu, who, even for someone like me who doesn't like dogs, ir pretty darn cute. We watched the Silence of the Lambs (as you do) and Rodrigo and his friend kindly cooked us Gailinha Caipira - stewed country chicken with vegetables, it was probably the best meal we have had since we arrived in South America. ... read more

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