Beaches, surf, rain and praying for sun
23.04.2012 - 28.04.2012
Getting the bus out of Iguazu was a lot harder than we thought, we figured that we could just get a bus straight from Iguazu to Florianopolis as our previous invesigations had suggested however this wasn't the case....... turns out you have to cross the boarder on a public bus get all your bags off and hold the bus up and then the same again at the Brazilian boarder. On top of this it will only take you to the public bus terminal and they only speak Portugese. Then you get another bus to the international terminal or pay a small fortune for a taxi. We decided to try to walk as we had no Real (the local currency) and couldnt speak a word of portugease. Running out of time fast however we then had to convice a taxi driver to take payment in pesos. At the bus station we then found that they had no tickets left til the morning........ screw spending a night in the bus station right ...... so we jumped a bus to a city on route to flori and then another from there to flori..... MISSION but only took 2 hours extra and worked out to actually be cheaper and well worth it.
We stayed at a hostel called Bannana beach just across the bridge from where the bus dropps you off. Managed to get an offer off hostel bookers for half price rooms as well, double with a shared bathroom for £8 each a night, steal! It is right on the beach and the town itself is really nice. Theres a constant wave from mid to high tide on the local beach and a few other beaches close by with some really good surf. This hostel also has 6 surf boards and kayaks you can use for free, would have been rude not to right.
The first day was overcast so we decided to walk to one of the secret beaches on the other side of the island, its huge and no one ever tends to go there, it is also a 2 and a half hour walk away and not too easy on the feet, made just that little harder with a surf board! The break was about 4 to 5 ft and the waves are really powerfull on this beach but its the second best surf on the island, i got mulched!!!!!! But the waves i did catch were worth the fight to get out through the break. There are a couple of other paths that lead off the beach as well so we decided to take one of those to get home, figured it had to be easier than the way there. Turns out you can get a bus to the end of town and then walk these other paths which are a lot easier under foot but the path over the top is worth it for the views as you can see the whole of Flori from up there, Stunning at sunset!!!.
We spent the next few overcast days surfing and looking around the towns around the area, there is another town about a 35 min bus ride where you can kite surf, wind surf and sand board, it's also got some really good grafiti if you look around. There are loads of really cheap supermarkets there and i was also introduced to Bob's shakes, AMAZING!!!! Dont walk back though as it takes about 2 and half hours and gives you blisters!!!! Go to the local veg markets for fruit and veg though, avocados the size of your face! Needless to say we had alot of guacamole that week, the hostel has a pretty good kitchen as well.
The hostel has a bar with a pool table and PS3 and over the non-peak season takes on workers, stay for free and work 4 to 5 hours a day. We befriended a couple of the workers and drank the nights away with them as we pretty much had the hostel to ourselves. Theres not much of a night life there, everywhere seems to close really early (about 1 ish), unless you can get into the samba nights which go on for hours We spent most nights in the hostel with our friends, 2 litres of wine for £3 and a bottle of vodka £7. Just around from the hostel, about 10 mins, there are some natural pools and some really good bouldering, we spent around half a day climbing and swimming and jumping off the rocks over there, the views aren't half bad as well.
Finally getting a sunny day we hit the beach up for some sun and even ended up extending our stay there for an extra night or two just to spend some time on the beach, the sand there is like flour!!! One of the nicest beaches i've been on. If you get a chance aswell walk round to the point, it's beautiful. Easliy could have become one of the workers there and just watch time go by, dangerous place!!! On to Sao Paulo........
loz x x x