This small town in the Chapada Diamantina National Park is really something special. We trekked 3 days up along the side of the river Capibara making our way slowly through forests and scrambling rocks, quite tough terrain with the packs and tents, etc. The most beautiful thing I've done in Brazil however, swimming in natural pools (very fresh) in the river, showering in waterfalls, sleeping in caves (tents when it rained), and seeing the highest free-falling waterfall in Brazil, from below (swimming in the pool at the bottom) and from above, where a rock overhangs the waterfall and lets you see 400m below vertically. Quite scarey, but beautiful all the same. Also sampled some of the best weed I've tried in a long time courtesy of our brazilian guide, who is also an excellent music connoiseur, from whom I got a few good recommendations.
The town itself is just as beatiful as the surrounding countryside, I walked around for about an hour the other day without seeing another tourist (although there are quite a few about), but the locals are very beautiful happy people, the kids play around with kites, there are a few donkeys and frogs around too.
It has been so nice I extended my stay, tried to sell my bus ticket last night unsuccessfully, but will stay for another night at least before heading down to Morro de Sao Paolo, where I'll probably spend a few days on the beach recovering my tan. Got yet another cold, so trying to take it easy and get better AGAIN. Fucking air-conditioned buses I guess.
Me and Dave, one of my companions on the trek, found an interesting way to bemuse our other friends by asking a simple one-word question in answer to time related questions/statements. It works like this:
It's three pm/seven thirty/sixteen fourty two/midday/...
What time shall we meet for dinner?