February 18th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
Where do you go when your body is bruised and battered from Carnaval? A desert island of course. About a 2hr catamaran journey off the coast of Salvador is the beautiful island of Tinare which contains a beautiful beach resort known as Morro de Sao Paulo aka the Hangover of Carnaval. After a hot and sweaty ride over the water we were happy to be met by Justin and a ‘taxi’ which was actually a wheelbarrow! The hills are steep and the sand is hot so I was rather happy to have someone else take my 22kilo load for me. We arrived at our hostel which was essentially a mini Israel. The staff were wearing Israeli shirts, spoke Hebrew before they spoke Portuguese and had a series of calculators out negotiating prices. Definitely amongst fellow Jews! They however never spoke to us so the chances of us finding good Jewish husbands were limited.
Lord of the flies
The island itself was gorgeous with beautiful coastlines, bath warm clear water and happily no waves crashing against us. So the 7 of us took the opportunity to soak up some sun and take a well earnt rest.
Night times were a little more raucous. Reggaton, samba and Israeli pop supplied the soundtrack and fruit caprioskas still provided the entertainment. The beaches were transformed into nightclubs and what energy and will was left danced into the starry night till morning.
In addition to lazing on the beautiful beaches (as I’ve said, travelling is hard work sometimes!) We decided to take a boat ride to some of the islands beaches for the last day we were all together before Sophie, Eva and Justin left for home. The first stop was to Agueira beach where the sand is known to have beneficial properties to your skin.
One of the many much visited fresh fruit capirinha stand
You make a pink or yellow paste and smear it over your skin and hair and leave it to dry. This makes for soft skin and great photos! We also visited some traditional fishing spots and watched the locals haul in dinner for that night with large nets. They weren’t too keen on letting us help them out that’s for sure, maybe they knew about my fish catching skills from the Pantanal?!
The last few weeks have been great and it’s been strange but lovely having company from home and making a new friends. Morro was needed to recharge the batteries and get ready for the next round of attacks from the mozzies when I visit the Amazon. Can’t think of a better place to have been to recharge my batteries.
Morro de Sao Paulo Hostels review
An Israeli hostel. Great price and helpful staff with a great location between 2nd and 3rd beach. There are two pools and clean rooms and great showe… read entire review