16.07.2008 - 18.07.2008 27 °C
On Wednesday morning after a short sleep we headed into the town of Paraty which was a 20 min walk on cobble stones. We did a bit of sight seeing, a bit of internet etc and sat on the beach for a while. In the evening one of the cook groups put on the last cook group dinner in the form of a BBQ. It was a great evening and in true form a little too much wine was drunk. A few of us stayed up late and had a go at playing Digga´s didjeridu around the camp fire.
Thursday a large group of us went on a boat trip around the islands of Paraty. The trip was 5hrs and we got to snorkel, swim, sun bath and the highlight was seeing a very large pod (over 100) of dolphins. The view from the boat was amazing, very tropical.
Thursday evening we had our final meal as a group and we went to an all you can eat BBQ and Caipirinha resturant. It was a very backpacker place and there was free flowing Caipirinha all night - what a mistake.. The great thing about Caipirinha is it doesn´t seem to give us a bad hang over. It was a fantastic evening and a fitting end to the trip with Dragoman.
Friday morning we all piled back into Carmen for our last truck journey. We were supposed to leave at 7.30, but everyone was a little slower then normal so we ended up leaving about 8.15 (not bad given the night before) We drove upto Rio de Janeiro. The trip took about 5 hours. Once in Rio the group split into 2 hostels. The younger crowd opted of a large (24 person dorm) party hostel, while to older crowd opted for a quiet family run hostel. Both hostels were in Cococabana. As Chris and I are going to be back in Rio at the end of our trip we didn´t do too much on Friday apart from wander down Cococabana beach.
On saturday morning we caught a flight up to Salvador, leaving to Dragoman group behind. We are now well and truley on our own!