12.2.14

Angra dos Reis


On Tuesday I got up very early for bus trip to Angra dos Reis to go on a boat tour. Angra is about 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Rio and consists of 365 islands. I travelled with a group of tourists from Brazil, Argentina and Chile and a guide. 


I don't know what I expected, maybe something like the harbour cruise I did in Hamburg last summer and I was a bit astonished when the concierge at my hotel asked me, whether I would like to take a towel with me. I soon found out that the purpose of the boat trip was to have three stops where people got the chance to go swimming. 


I hadn't taken my bikini with me and to be honest I would have felt too embarrassed to parade half naked in front of strangers. 


I spent most of the time on the boat and enjoyed several caipirinhas. And the world turned rosy. 


There were samba musicians that provided entertainment and I met another solo traveller, V, from Europe. We clicked immediately and spent the rest of the trip together talking about everything and nothing, 


This was the first stop where people jumped off the boat for a swim. They said that the water temperature was ideal and not as cold as in Copacabana. 


Our tour guide taking a photo of an attractive Brazilian lady. He had great energy and he looked very well after all of us. I felt very safe with him being around. 


This was the second stop. While I stayed on the boat, one of the samba musicians sold me a CD of theirs. I was too polite to refuse his offer... 


We all had lunch on the boat. You could choose between fish and chicken and I had the former. 


The last stop was the nicest and even I got off the boat for a walk on the narrow beach. 


We headed back to Rio during late afternoon. On our way we made a brief stop and V bought these Moroccan sweets that we shared. They don't look great but they were really nice. 

V and I agreed to keep in touch and meet up for an evening out. One of advantages of travelling alone is that you get to meet interesting people that perhaps you wouldn't otherwise. 

38 comments

  1. The water and the weather seem amazing not to take a dip in it! I wish you could have brought something to swim in. You know I'm not comfortable at all in bikini, weather I'm in front of family or strangers especially showing my lower body. Next time try a pair of surf shorts over your bikini bottom. Not only you will feel more secure and there are so many cute styles to choose from :) enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  2. Meeting interesting people is the best part of a trip! You're lucky to find a person who shares sweets))
    I'm prejudiced about boat tours especially if you have to jump into unknown water) But sometimes it's the only way to see the best places (like here in Greece some amazing beaches can be reached only by a boat). Anyway, the last beach looks amazing and the whole tour certainly was an experience for you... Is it really impossible to swim in Copacabana?

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    1. I don't think it's impossible but the waves are very strong, whereas in Angra, the water was very calm. If I go for a swim, it will be in my hotel pool ;)

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  3. This sounds like the ultimate summer party cruise, looks like lots of fun from the photos and the weather looks divine.

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  4. What a nice little boat trip! It's great that you had the chance to meet with a new and nice person. That's really cool, I like it. I would die to be there right now! Lovely! Ah, I almost forgot to tell you that you look so hot on the picture! Chica! ;)

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  5. Aaah such a shame you didn't go for a dip, the water looks amazing! I love meeting people & especially when we travel!
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  6. Your description and pictures look like you made a trip to paradise, wonderful beaches!

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  7. Hi Anouka, the boat trip sounds so amusing, how cool it did 3 stops so people could swim, you have to take the bikini next time. You are so beautiful in the pic, I see you are already a bit tanned!:) The last stop seems a paradise, how nice you met another solo traveler, have fun and stay safe! Kisses dear xo

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  8. great boat tour, totally not what you'd expect in Europe but I guess with the warmer waters there a dip is a must, such a shame you didn't dare! Let your inhibitions down girl, no one knows you there and south americans are very laid back especially Brazilians when it comes to walking down half naked so no stress!!!
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday
    xoxo

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  9. Wow! It was worth getting up early for this tour. The sunrise is beautiful. Those beach stops were amazing. I would love to jump in and swim too.

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  10. Such a dream! So beautiful and sunny. I enjoy doing stuff by myself and I never have a problem traveling alone. I remember telling a co-worker I spend the afternoon shopping alone just to get away and have some quiet me time and she said she could never go do something alone -- it's so weird not being comfortable and explore by yourself! xx

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  11. Your journey sounds absolutely wonderful, and it's looking amazing as well! You're totally right about meeting other people when you're all alone. This summer i went to london and i met the sweetest people, they're actually coming to amsterdam to see me again this summer!

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  12. What a wonderful trip! And I love the sunset so much. x

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  13. Hahah "after several caipirinhas" :D The food looks so good!

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  14. Everything looks amazing! It looks so sunny, warm... And those beach pictures, are to die for. I wish I could be in a hot place right now, it's freaking cold in here!
    I hope you're having lots of fun there, by the way. xx

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  15. very beautiful my dear!!!!

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  16. Wow, these places look so pretty! This boat tour reminds me of something I did in Corfu years ago :)
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  17. Looks like such an interesting trip. I've only been on a few boat trips with other people, it's always nice to meet new people. :)

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  18. Love your sunnies! :) Perfect on you!


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  19. As always amazing pics!
    Oh, I would really love to travel *_*

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  20. Beautiful photos, Anouka! I have been to Brazil a couple of times and while I didn't do a lot of touring, I really loved what I saw...the people, the food (your photo of the fish with all the potato and rice made me smile, such a common accompaniment!), the music, oh, and the caipirinha! My favourite drink!

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  21. Looks like a fun boat trip. The beach on the last stop looks so beautiful! I agree - one of the best things about travelling alone is everyone you can meet

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  22. These pics make me wanna travel! I'd love to be there!
    xoxo

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  23. Everything looks wonderful and make me wish summer can get here soon.
    Meeting new people with whom you share the same interests is always a blessing!

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  24. What a lovely trip but I would have been on the boat rather than in the water. I tend to only swim in pools too! The food looks so appetising and the last little beach would have enticed me to get off the boat too.
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  25. oh i could so do with some warm weather right about nwo!!

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  26. It's so lovely that you and V hit it off! I love reading your adventures.

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  27. The last beach looks amazing! And I really love your sunnies :) xo

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  28. Thanks for stopping by dear...whether you're celebrating or not, from one blog friend to another...Happy Valentines Day.

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  29. that looks like an awesome trip !
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  30. This is quite the interesting trip you had! It honestly looks like so much fun and I would love to be there right now! It's snowing as I type and it's so cold here. The water and sky look absolutely beautiful there! I agree with what you said about meeting people when you are alone. It's happened to me as well and they were some of the nicest people ever actually!
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  31. we just had tons of snow overnight.. and seeing these tropical photos, just made me wish i were somewhere warm and humid! hahaha! :D

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  32. Looks like you had a perfect day out and about! Glad that you enjoyed your drinks on board :) xoxo ES
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  33. Marvelous places ! You look great beauty ! You are very lucky :)

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