26.12.2009 - 26.12.2009 31 °C
Got up early this morning to pack and catch our 10:00 ferry back to Angra dos Reis. Rudolfo arranged a driver for us at the ferry port and then we had an hour drive to Paraty and were dropped off at our pousado Aconchego (cost for ferry/transfer was $80 Real/person or $40 USD) which we thought was reasonable considering the cobblestone roads we would have had to manoeuvre with our wheely luggage from the bus stations). This is a very quaint pousado – first class accommodations compared to Ilha Grande. We have a swimming pool and a sitting area in our room. We feel like we just arrived in luxury. Kim this is definitely a good recommendation for clients (www.aconchegohotel.com.br)
We toured around this 16th Century Colonial Town and found Paraty Cafe where we both wolfed down old fashioned hamburgers. We were both hungry and the burgers were great. This is quaint little town that we are going to enjoy. Checked out a local liquor store and stalked up on some beverages for our room. The owner knew some English and was thrilled to hear we were Canadians. He asked a stock boy to deliver our goods to our pousado (now that’s service). We went through our Lonely Planet pages with him and he confirmed some good dining options for us and also suggested a few others for us to try.
We found Paraty Tours and booked a transfer back to our hotel in Rio de Janeiro on December 29th (Kim $125 Real/person or $60USD each) We also booked a jeep tour tomorrow to some waterfalls and general area scenery which should be fun.
We spent the remainder of the afternoon poolside. Darwin has spent 3 hours loading some photos and these blogs to our site while I finally opened up my book and read beside the pool drinking pina coladas. Life is good. It’s getting dark now, so we are getting changed and heading of to a local restaurant recommended by our liquor store owner. Hope you enjoy the updated blog posts.