23.12.2012 - 26.12.2012 39 °C
Christmas was looming, so we booked ourselves into a big hostel in Paraty, to meet some people and have some fun.
Paraty itself is a small town on the coast of Brazil, only a few hours from Ilha Grande, full of colonial streets and buildings. We literally had to watch every step we took to avoid slipping over on the giant cobblestoned streets, at least they're original! The town is divided by a river, and lined by a couple of small beaches, however compared to the gorgeous beaches we`d just left behind on Ilha Grande, they weren`t great.
The weather was so hot during the day, but the town had a great buzz to it when everyone came out at night. Many Brazilians come here on holiday and the main plaza was lined full of people and restaurants' tables and chairs late into the evenings.
Christmas eve is a big night of celebraton in South America, so we took our hostel up on the offer of a big Christmas dinner it was cooking, along with other travellers in the hostel, and toasted Christmas day in with some caipriñas (Brazilian cacktails)! Christmas day itself was so hot, that after opening our stockings (in hiking socks - yes Father Christmas found us even in Brazil) we spent most of it at the beach where the only breeze could be found. And then in the evening my superhero Paul cooked an amazing roast in our tiny hostel kitchen, when the temperature outside had come down to around 35degrees! Needless to say this was my highlight of the day...yum!