Hi everyone! So I know it has been a long time since my last post, but I have been very busy travelling from one city to another here in Brazil.
The second part of my trip was in the north of Brazil. I took a plane from Sao Paulo to Natal, a small city in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Natal was incredible. I stayed on Ponta Negra beach, as you can see above, a small community on the beach that contained a variety of excellent restaurants and tourist attractions. I spent my week there doing a lot of exciting things. In my first few days I took a dune buggy, a small car that is similar to an ATV or four wheeler, and drove around and through 4-5 different beaches in the north. The beaches were clean and the water was crystal clear. On the tour, I went ziplining, water sliding, and even got to ride a camel! Later in the week, my friends and I went to Praia de Pipa or, in English, Pipa´s beach where we swam in a place called Dolphin´s Bay which had live dolphins surrounding us in the water! At night, I spent my time in various restaurants and bars, and one bar I went to was located in a small castle! The experience in Natal was incredible and I highly recommend the city to anyone visiting the north of Brazil.
After leaving Natal, my friends and I took the bus down to Salvador to experience the best party I have ever been to in my entire life. Carnival was unbelievable from start to finish. I spent an entire week day and night partying in the street and camarotes. For those of you who don´t know, the camarotes are private areas located in buildings surrounding the street parade and have their own private areas with free food and drinks. The experience is something you can only imagine until you go to Carnival in Salvador and I was not disappointed. In addition to the Carnival, I took a city tour of Salvador and visited two islands off the coast of the city. One of the islands, Morro de Sao Paulo, is very famous and is a quiet, relaxed and beautiful place. Salvador is a city with a lot of history and, at different times, was occupied by several different countries including Portugal and Spain. The architecture and culture within the city is old and unique.
Overall, my experiences in both Natal and Salvador were truly amazing. I got to see a variety of beautiful beaches and speed through sand dunes on the back of a buggy. I had the opportunity to swim with dolphins and take a boat tour to islands I never dreamed of visiting. I experienced the best party in the world and got to immerse myself in the music of the most famous of Brazilian artists and musicians, such as Ivete Songala and Daniela Mercury. The stories I have and the people I met I will never forget.
I will talk to you all very soon, TEM CERTEZA. Until then, look forward to my next post! Tchau!