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Mar 16, 2014 - Maceio to Olinda, Brazil

Saturday 15th March 2014 Maceio to Olinda, Brazil Today we left our campsite in Maceio at about 9:00am. The weather was fine and hot (as usual). Today was supposed to be a shorter day's driving on the truck, but we first had to detour around a ferry crossing where our driver did not like the look of the ferry. It certainly looked a bit small and not very secure. Anyway, we eventually got round that problem. We spent an hour and a half at a beach for lunch. We had a paddle in the water. Some of the group went for a swim there. The beaches...

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Dec 4, 2011 - Olinda

Hi All, After the last few days on the beach I decided to spend a couple of days in Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a city much much bigger than the last couple of places I´ve visited! Olinda is an old colonial city which has colourful houses painted in different colours and various old churches scattered around the city, the main one being Alto do Se on top of a hill from which you have great views of the coast, Olindas larger neighbour (Recife) over the top of Olinda. On my first evening I went to watch some Forro (a type of...

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Feb 12, 2010 - Carnaval 2010, Olinda

On February 12 we flew back to Recife and from there found our way back to Olinda a day before the true start of Carnaval. 6 days of partying from dusk ´til dawn. I won´t give you a day by day account....it all blends together anyways. Olinda appears to be the most traditional of all Carnavals in Brazil. Everyone is allowed to join in the free party in the street. Carnaval is meant to be rebellious, and every sort of debauchery and bad behaviour is permitted within reason. That is to say that they have taken measures to ensure it is clean...

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Jan 30, 2010 - Olinda, Our First Visit

So we decided to pay a visit to the town in which we intended to spend Carnaval to scope out places to stay. Olinda was said to be more traditional and it takes place in the streets and everyone is free to join the party. Unlike in Rio and in Salvador where you have to pay huge amounts to sit in a stand and be a spectator or follow a popular rock group situated on top of a truck with giant speakers around, each group competing to drown the other one out, of course. So we made our election via Brad´s innovative idea of searching on line. He...

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Aug 2, 2009 - FR : Un petit mot sur la Colombie

Au moment où nous décidions d´aller en Colombie nous savions déjà que le temps allait nous manquer mais nous étions persuadés que ce pays allait créer la surprise. Un peu comme les Philippines, la Colombie a mauvaise presse et a pourtant tellement à offrir. Nous ne disposons que de 15 jours et passerons 62 heures dans les bus soit 2,6 jours. J´ai l´impression de voyager ¨à la japonaise¨, d´une destination à l´autre sans pleinement profiter. En quelques mots : Bogota, Tunja, Bucaramanga, Santa Marta, Taganga, Parc National Tayrona,...

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