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Mar 14, 2014 - Salvador to Maceio, Brazil

13th March 2014 Salvador to Maceio, Brazil After our exciting experience last night, we were up early to be on the road at 7am. Left Salvador, weather fine and warm then hot during the day. On the way north, there were many kilometres of roadworks, but it didn´t hold us up too much. Ultimately, we had a minor accident with a vehicle pulling out from a side street. This delayed us about 1 and a half hours, so we were all pretty stuffed by the time we reached camp at about 9:30pm. Dinner was accordingly later still, then to bed around...

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Feb 22, 2013 - Salvador de Bahia and Maceio

Yesterday was spent in Salvador de Bahia. Salvador was a former capital of Brazil during colonial times. It seems Brazil has had a number of capital cities over time. We had been warned that this was a rough place, so we took a shuttle from the dock to the “upper town” and stopped at one of the main squares. They were preparing for yet another festival/carnival and it was tough getting around. We were able to walk to Sao Francisco church. This is an 18th century church that is literally covered in gold – on the inside. From the outside it...

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Feb 5, 2013 - Maceio

Today we are docked at Maceio. It was a well established indigenous community when the 16C Portuguese explorers “discovered” it. Colonial development began the 17C. The sugar mills came in the 19C. We had a shuttle to the Port gate and then took a taxi to a view point above the old town. The area was a bit of a garbage dump but we had a lovely view of the town and the large Mundau Lake nearby. We wandered downhill to the historic and cultural centre. We stopped at the Palacio Peixoto where an enterprising young man gave us a quick tour for...

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Amazon Cruise 2013

Feb 3, 2008 - Aracaju

We caught the coastal mini-van (15 seater but moves 20)to Aracaju (our Carnival hideaway), the driver paying off the Policia Federal as we roared through coconut estates and poor villages. Arrive in villages with only one street and turn around on the beach to head the other way. Typical scene on arrival in the worst part of town is us carrying N.American red and black backpacks clutching a plastic bag each containing water, a couple of bananas and some crackers, incredibly hot and sweaty and studying the Lonely Planet. We walk to the...

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Feb 2, 2008 - Penedo

We have HEARD and seen so much of Carnival that we (believe it or not) are looking for a town or village or dirt track or beach where Carnival is banned. Our ear plugs have worn out and, yes, we will attend somewhere and we will enjoy BUT NOT OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW. Sooo...we bused to a small riverside town(the Sao Francisco river) called Penedo and stayed on the river front at a colonial mansion converted to a Posada(Inn)WHERE THEY PRACTISE FOR CARNIVAL OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW....... The word on the street was that there is no Carnival held in...

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Feb 22, 2007 - Killing time in a bus station

So up this morning bright an early at 10am. Body clock still adjusting to non-carnival hours. Wasn't tired but eventually decided to call it a night at 0130. Last time i looked at my watch it was 0400...... Needless to say a bit of a sleep in. Out of the apartment and over to the bus station to get ticket to go to Maceio. Got there at 1300, next free bus was at 2200. Loaded bags and decided to go for walk up to Pelorinho, which is the very old and historic centre of Salvador. When Brasil was first colonised by the portuguese Salvador was...

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