November 7 (Monday)
Place: Paraty – Ubatuba
How to get from Paraty to Ubatuba:
Take a bus from the central bus station take a bus called DIV Ubatuba which will bring you to the border with Ubatuba region (last stop). Price is 3.80 rials. Get down from the bus and take another bus to Ubatuba center. Price is 3.80 rials.
Accommodation: Staying in Ecotrip hostel.
Woke up in my little room with a circle window and this view.
Packed my stuff and went to the land followed by the fresh wind and eyes of the graceful birds watching our motorboat.
I dropped my backpack to the surf-shop near the pier and went to meet Tim to discuss if our plans traveling together are matched. It was early morning and city still calm and sleepy with no people. They say it is crowded during sunny holidays and weekends, but I really doubt it can ever have many tourists.
Tim decided to stay in Paraty longer and not going to Sao Paulo, but I want to go to Sao Paulo because I think this is a must visit city on the way as one of the first cities in Brazil.
I’m still angry for eating this 15 rials Pastel in my first evening being brought by Michel who has been living here for many years. After two days in Paraty this place became our favorite. X-burger for 6 rials is absolutely fantastic. And this is best asai (for 5 rials) ever! The guy makes it with so much love that anyone can envy about)
I took a bus to Ubatuba, the overall time including the time for changing the buses was around 2 hours.
I went straight to my hostel which was just few blocks away from the bus station. Met Douglas – the manager of the hostel where I’m going to make my first exchange – who appeared to be very friendly and helpful. He introduced me to the rooms and common areas in a very good English, checked me in and gave me a map of the city and directions where to go.
The first thing that surprised me in Ubatuba – cars stop when you are crossing the road! Unbelievable! I tried it many times and each time the car stopped.
Another thing – training square for the motorbikes. People actually study here how to drive! Back to Indonesia you usually come to the police office by motorbike, park it in front, then go to get your driving license. So, this training stuff for me was really wow!
It was a cloudy Monday evening, city looked relaxed and empty. I couldn’t find any supermarket (or was just lazy to ask) and bought a piece of Brazilian pastry empadinha. Well, before my least favorite street food were Acarajé and Coxinha, but now I have a third least favorite (not sure, if it’s actually worst then the other ones).
I’m definitely a wrong person if it comes for food, I don’t eat much and always happy just with an apple. But if you want to know the most popular traditional foods in Brazil you better click here.
After not a good experience with food I found this fantastic dry fruits and nuts shop which you can find anywhere in Brazil where they sell dozens varieties of healthy snacks.
Came back to my room and finally took a shower (as I haven’t been offered to do so in my last two days on the boat).