First two months in Brazil - whirlwinds and thunderstorms

S/Y Pelerin
Colin Speedie & Louise Johnson
Thu 7 Mar 2013 20:40
Has it really been two months since we first surfed our way into Salvador?!!

We've certainly made the most of the places we've visited, and feel like we've been on a real whistle-stop tour down the coast. Apologies for not posting more often, internet access has proved elusive. Plus we've been spending most of our time learning more about the places we've been living in, as opposed to writing about it... We've lots of great photos but little bandwidth on which to share them. But we'll try slowly to get back up to speed.

We've visited many places in the Baia de Todos os Santos, the bay in which Salvador (the capital of Bahia) sits: Maragagipe, Itaparica, Ribeira, Bom Jesus, etc.
Then on our way south visited Morro de Sao Paulo and Gamboa de Morro.
Then further south onto Baia de Camamu where we could easily have spent many weeks doing nothing but enjoying the mangroves and the birdlife...
Then further south to Caravelas where we met the most friendly Brazilian sailors (they're all really friendly, but these guys were exceptional).
Out to the marine national park of Abrolhos, with the nesting seabirds and coral reef fish - simply an amazing place, and we weren't even there in whale season!
Then down to Vitoria, the capital of the state of Espirito Santo - we really enjoyed being back in a clean city for a change (not a statement either of us ever thought we'd utter!).
Then the latest passage down past the famed Cabo Frio, and now into Rio de Janeiro state. Actually sitting in MArina Gloria, in Rio de Janeiro itself, writing this. Looking out to the Pao de Azucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) - our views of the mountains as we sailed into the bay were unforgettable... photos will be posted, be patient! This place knows how to do tropical thunderstorms, what a light show we were treated to the other night.
Now tomorrow, sailing west to the Baia de Ilha Grande and onto Paraty, which are to be our most southerly/westerly destinations in Brazil... and hopefully a week to put feet up!

Now, you're as exhausted as we are aren't you?!!

More soon.
Lou & Colin
Barco Pelerin