Due to bad internet this update comes a bit late. We are working hard on keeping the blog in time but we are struggeling a bit simce there are so many things happening all the time on this trip. Anyway – A couple of weeks ago we visited Paraty – a small town between Rio de Janero and Sao Paulo. It was founded in 1597 as a Portugese colonie in a region that was populated by the Guaianas Indians. In 1696 gold was discovered in the mountains behind Paraty and it became a important harbour to transport the gold from here to Rio. The gold rush ended when the mine ran out of gold in the late 18th century and with that Paraty declined as well. Today Paraty is a town living mostly of tourism. The 17th century charm is still pretty much in tact and the old town is filled with good restaurants and cozy cafe’s. Walking around town is an adventure by itself since the copple stone walkways demand a certain amount of concentration of where to place your feet. In the evenings the streets are filled with musicians and other street performers. It is small but very lively with a flourishing art scene.
From Party we left for Sao Paulo, where we just spend one night before we got on the 17hour bus ride to the Iguazu waterfalls – the biggest waterfalls in the world.
Stay tuned – more soon J