The coast of Trinidade (photo by Luis Bastardo)
As much as we loved visiting Ilha Grande, we again reluctantly decided that it was time to move on; there was a lot of ground to cover in Brazil. Our next stop was a tiny beach town called Trinidade (pronounced Trini-DA-jee), about a 40 minute bus ride from the colonial town of Paraty. Neither of us had ever heard of it or could find any reference to it in our guidebooks, but many travelers recommended it, so we thought we'd give it a try. We caught the early ferry back to the mainland, then took a two-hour bus ride to Paraty, followed by a 40 minute hair-raising local bus ride to Trinidade. The bus driver sped around the hairpin curves on two wheels with one hand (or more specifically, with two fingers), while simultaneously smoking a cigarette, taking swigs from his beer and talking on his cell phone.
Fishermen bringing in the catch of the day (photo by Simone Cannon)