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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Brazil, day 2, Thursday, March 30th 2017

Arrival in firstly Sao Paulo and a short flight later in Florianopolis.

Florianopolis Airport

It was a long flight and Roger is there waiting for us. It's hot and sunny and the trip to home, for the next few weeks, is through a typical environment of rain forest encroaching on human building efforts and humans fighting back. Unfortunately, the latter are winning but still everything is very green and fresh, a much deeper green than at home.

Arrive to find Ale suffering from a cold of all things and meet Sooty and Bruxa the dogs for the first time.

A coffee or two later and some nibbles before we set off to Villa Fattima where we see the view down part of the South-East coast with the waves rolling onto the beautiful beaches

View from Villa Fattima

while being surrounded by wild growing papaya and plants that at home make small houseplants but here are tree climbing triffids.

View from Villa FattimaPapaya

Leaving the hillside we paused at Lagoa de Peri, a shallow fresh water lake, for a paddle

Lagoa de Peri

and our first encounter with leaf-cutter ants in the wild.

In amongst the trees we see bromeliads growing wild with air plants taking up residence in the least accessible places and hanging from overhead wires.

Leaf Cutter Ants

Driving on we passed the beach of Praia da Armacao which we could see from Villa Fattima and parked at Igreja Santana for an early evening walk along the beach

Ponta das Campanhas

to Ponta das Campanhas, a rocky out crop

Boats at Ponta das Campanhas

where Alex demonstrated his mountain goat genes scrambling
across the accessible rocks of the headlands with waves crashing all around us.

Ponta das Campanhas

Ponta das Campanhas 
From the headland we were looking over the bay of Praia do Matadeiro where whales would, in earlier years, been driven and slaughtered but now sandy beaches and relaxed people are the order of the day.