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.