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Brazil day 5 – Paraty and the beach

Posted by on July 18, 2011

This day was a great day as we were going to the beach. Brazil has a great reputation for being a very beach-oriented country along with its vibrant beach culture. I could see first-hand why Brazil is the place to go to. In order to go to the best beach, we had to go take a bus that was heading to Trinidade, a very well-known area, known for its beach area, particularly the natural pool where it was made up of stones surrounding the water, providing a natural salt-water swimming pool for humans. But first thing first, gotta set up at the first beach and play around with a soccer ball for bit.

Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

Beach of Trindade - great place to be!

Brazilian white beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

Nobody around this beach - great timing! Because generally this place would be swarming with people but not this day!

Playing football/soccer, kicking a ball around, Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

Me kicking the soccer ball around; I felt like 10 years old again!

We played this version of volleyball where we would hit it to each other and on the third one you tried to spike it on someone else to score a point but if he/she caught the ball, then you would lose a point. We just had a blast as we were doing this while standing in the warm ocean water and fighting off the waves that came in and out with it. It was all fun and games until one of the guys, who was wearing sunglasses, got hit on the head and lost his valuable sun glasses in the water. He was in panic mode and we all chipped in the search. And somehow, some way, someone managed to find his glasses! I was amazed that he found them as I was pretty sure the waves would take them as a sacrifice to the ocean. After the find, it was back to the game again, playing like we were 9, 10 years old again.

Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

Yeah, those waves pound on you if you're not careful.

After relaxing a bit and having eaten lunch, some of the people wanted to go to the natural pool. I wanted to go as well as others so we went out on this path into the jungle hills and into another beach and more jungle hills that finally lead to the natural swimming pool.

View from jungle hills/route/path, Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

While hiking through these jungle hills, there was some great views to be seen

Natural swimming pool, Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

Finally, to the entrance!

Natural salt water swimming pool made by rocks/stones, Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

Welcome to the natural salt-water swimming pool!

Again, I had a great time here as I was able to swim around and go exploring. It was just like a real swimming pool as some parts were swallow and other ends were deep.

Swimming around in Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

Swimming around like a kid

Natural salt water swimming pool made by rocks/stones, Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

Big rocks - good for jumping off of

Fish eating dead skin cells in natural salt water swimming pool made by rocks/stones, Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

If you are in a shallow area with the fish, they'll eat your dead skin cells; all the more to feed them something else.

Fish living in natural salt water swimming pool made by rocks/stones, Brazilian beach of Trindade with great beach and water waves, Brazil/Brasil

Fish that will follow you if you feed them

My favorite part was feeding the fish below me. There were these weird bugs that looked like fleas but live by the water and I would hit them from the rocks/stones where they would be thrown into the water where opportunistic fish were awaiting to snag a meal. I did this so well that the fish started to follow me knowing that I would hit these bugs towards them. I even knocked down some small crabs and the fish would love eating those too. It got the attention of so many fish, they started to spur them into a feeding frenzy that I would throw pieces of leaves in the water and they would take those too. Gotta love feeding frenzies especially when you’re fishing as I’ve found that they will take anything including a bare hook without any bait!

But the playing around came to an end as we had to make the last bus otherwise we would have been stuck there. What sucked about the last bus was that it was expected to be vastly over-crowded. I ended up chatting with this Brazilian who thought as a foreigner I could speak Portuguese but it was just my Spanish that sounded similar to it.

Overall a great day but in my opinion, we stayed at this place wayyyy too short since the next day would be off to Ilha Grande known in Portuguese as Big Island. I guess it would be alright as this island would provide more recreational opportunities especially for scuba diving.