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12/02/2011, Parati

Feb 12th
Internet available at 6.30h today! But no-one on Skype, tried to update blog but found Office frozen as trial period had ended (old version of Office does not work on Win 7 but do not feel inclined to pay to upgrade)

Leaving Parati Bay we saw Plankton at anchor (we met them in Cabo Verde) arranged to meet up on Ilha do Cedro, an island off Parati. Another idyllic location, although crowded at weekends. We stayed until Monday morning and had the place to ourselves.

Bay of Islands
12/02/2011, 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]

12/02/2011 | faith
Good to hear from you, sorry I missed you before. It sounds so idyllic, am most envious, we have loads of rain and wind again. But it is gradually getting lighter in the mornings and evenings, so hoping spring not too far away!! Enjoy whichever carnival you do, pictures please if possible xx
Catrin and Graham
10/02/2011, Angra

Feb 10th

Catrin and Graham Flew home. They caught bus to Rio from Angra bus station. Having waved them off shopped at the shopping centre using the free 2 hour dingy parking service, very useful especially as the marina is 400R$ per night.

Saco de Mamanangua

Saco de Mamangua, a beautiful deep sided Ria. Not quite as isolated as we expected, there is now electicity and many rather nice houses all the way up the valley. Still no roads, but who needs roads if you have a large motor boat to commute in. We a anchored at the head of the Ria overnight, where you can continue by tender up the Rio Cairucu through the mangroves to a waterfall. We decided against it as it was very hot, but it turned out to be the right decision as we later found out you have to wade through the mangroves in places dragging the dingy and the walk to the waterfall is 2-3 hours.

02/02/2011, Ilha dos Meros

Ilha dos Meros

02/02/2011, Parati

Anchored off end of the pier in Parati. Very pretty town, was important for slave trade, sugar, gems and gold but declined during the 18C with abolishion of slave trade. It is surrounded by mountains and thick tropical forest. The old town is built at sea level and most of the streets flood at high tide. The houses and pavements are raised up so that they stay dry.
Marinas around all expensive and full. So pleased that internet available here although signal a bit intermittent

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