Beaches, a Natural Pool and steak
28.01.2013 28 °C
As it is our last day by the coast for a while we wanted to go to the beach, even though it was overcast. The hostel owner, Alan, told us we could catch the bus for £1 each to Trindade, where there are four beaches to choose from and also a natural pool to visit.
The journey was mainly fine but as we got closer to our destination the roads were so steep, the bus had to go very slowly. It took 40 minutes to get there in total (a long time for a 9 mile trip). We got off at the stop for Praia do Meio beach, which was nice but it was the landscape around the beach that was better - big rocks in the sea, mountains and lush green forests.
Alan had told us there was a short nature walk to get to the natural swimming pool so we headed straight across Praia do Meio to get started.
It turned out it was 1200 metres 'walk' up, down and across the side of the hill in between the trees and over rocks, with a beach in between it! There were natural and man made steps, which were quite large for someone like me(!), and the rain we'd had the day before meant the pathways were slippy and muddy. A lady in the Brazilian couple walking ahead of us, who was at least twice my age, kept trying to help me, holding my arm down the steps!
The first stretch was the hardest, which led us on to Praia do Caixadaco, a long white beach with big waves and a nice place to stop for something to eat.
After cheese, tomato and herb pastels - we need to stop with all the fried snacks!! - and a cold drink, we walked the length of the beach to the start of the next trail, which started with slippy rocks on the beach with the sea lapping around it.
Twice the length but much easier on the thighs, the path took us into the natural pool. I'd never seen anything like it - with large, smooth, perfectly placed rocks around the mountain, it almost looked man made. The water was cool and clear, with large stripy fish swimming all around, so Andrew swam and I sat on top of one of the big rocks and watched.
We noticed you could get a boat to and from the pool once we'd got up there, but the exercise was good for us and saved us money, so we went back the 1200 metres, had a swim in the sea and ran for the 4pm bus back to the hostel!
Andrew's flip flops had made quite a mess of his feet, mainly because they've been wet constantly from the rain, so after asking Alan (a very tall man) where he got his Havaianas from, we went back to the supermarket and found size 12-13 flip flops for only £5! We also picked up rump steak (only £3 for two big steaks - take a look below!) jacket potatoes and corn on the cob for dinner and some fruit and crisps for tomorrow's bus journey to São Paulo.
There are more English people at the hostel tonight. We started chatting to a guy and two girls - Simon, Olivia and Amy, and it turned out that Amy's boyfriend lives in Crouch End! Such a small world. We spent the rest of the night talking about their trip (especially an optional hike that Amy had taken), ours and other random things including Hooch, the Samiad and comas?!