After hiking around Bahia, I explored the trendy island of Morro de Sao Paolo. It had amazing remote beaches, seaside lobster shacks, fresh oysters and stunning sunsets. From there I spent a week in Itacare, known for it's strong surf breaks and beaches. Both were relaxing, beautiful, and fun!
It's been a month since I left Bahia, but Salvador and the surrounding area left a huge impression. Bahia is rich in culture, it's large quantity of slaves in the past has created a melting pot for Afro-Brazilian food and dance. Salvador is the heartbeat of Bahia, with capoeira, forro, samba, street festivals and drumming. I was fortunate to be there when the Olympic torch came through which gave locals yet another reason to celebrate!
Brazil was one of the countries I was most looking forward to on my trip. I finally entered the country through sunny Iguazu falls. The waterfalls are breath-taking, and the array of wildlife surprised me. I saw so many monkeys, toucans, butterflies, and coatis! From there I went to Florianopolis (or Floripa) and spent wonderful days hiking to remote beaches, surfing, kayaking and meeting amazing people. It was nice to finally be in warm weather, indulge in Acai (daily) and be traveling with a lovely Austrian duo. We had a quick stop in San Paulo on my way up the coast.