Ilha Do Rip Off
745, R. Hermes Guedes Da Fonseca, Armação, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
When we woke up one the 22nd for the first time we took a risk with our accommodation. Knowing we wanted to head south, we just jumped on a bus and headed south. The girls at the hostel had told us about a nice place called Armacio so we thought we'd give it a shot. Arriving fairly easy by bus within about 20 minutes (it's quite a small place) we saw a sign saying apartments for rent. The guy running it showed us round a four bed apartment for around 100 rs a night (about 30 pound) after umming an arghing and knocking him down to 80 a night it was a done deal. We went to the shop, got some supplies and chilled in for the night. Despite the lack of people you get in a hostel and the lack of pool, which I was quite used to by now, it was so nice to finally have a place that felt like ours. The food was in the fridge, the shower gel was in the bathroom and my room was a complete s*** hole but it didn't matter because it was ours and nothing was in danger of getting robbed. It was chilling and a nice change from the hostel way of life. The following morning we got a bus to the southern most point of the island, Pantano Do Sol. There we went on a bit of a trek, along a jungly path up a mountain. Saw a couple of huge lizards and some more amazing views. After walking back down we walked to the beach to have a dip. By this time the 'no sun cream' attitude had taken it's tole as the weather was scorching and the burn was coming on so we headed back. Cooked some dinner and went to bed nice and early ready for Ilha De Campeche, a small island off the coast. The next day (25th) we woke up at half six, made some breakie and headed down to the pick up point for half 7. The first boat over was at 8 and we wanted to be the first on the island... Mission accomplished. We were first in line and therefore the first few on the island. The weather wasn't so good as the day before and was abit cloudy so once on the island it wasn't as spectacular as it could have been and even worse we were told the rocks were too 'slippery' so we couldn't do the long decent treks. We had to make do with the lame small one which we had to pay even more for. The trek was pretty s*** and it left the taste of ripoff in my mouth. Too many rules and too many additional costs. I'm sure the island would have been amazing with nice weather and if we'd been informed that we should take more cash but there ya go. We waited for the boat back at 5. The clouds turned grey and at about 5.15 the heavens opened. And I mean opened, more than Jordan's legs, brutal winds, huge waves and heavy rain. It was fun for about 3 minutes before the coldness settled in. Once back on wet land we went back and had a few beers. A few rum's later we retired to bed. The next day we chilled out around town, the weather was still pretty s***. The following day we packed and left for Centro. This was further than the bank which if u remember was a good hour. We arrive in Centro, book our bus for Iguazu Falls and hang around at the bus station till then. We'd already done an 18 hourer so this 15 hour bus should breeze by... Yeah, good one!