Bay of Islands
12 February 2011 | Paraty
We are now 60nm southwest of Rio in the Bay of Islands.This is probably as far south as we shall go.
The islands and there are 350 of them in a large bay protected from the atlantic by Ilha Grande are mainly covered in tropical rainforest which tumbles onto the white sany beaches which fringe them.Some are quite high with peaks in the clouds.No roads and no cars-transport by tradidional schooner.Some small villages with pousadas.
The sea is very warm and very clear. There is very little wind and it gets very hot.
Fortunately the genset was repaired in Rio and we can have aircon at night.
The marinas here are very expensive so we use our genset and anchor off making our own water.
We shall remain here for another two weeks . The main decision is whether to spend carnival here - small and friendly or to go back nto Rio.
This I suppose is probably as near to paradise as you get but with civilisation near at hand because this is southern Brasil and at last the shops sell both gin and tonic[gordons and swheppes as well]