OOOOh so we're now on tour. 34 of us on a big (huge) bright yellow `budget expeditions'bus!! Great people on the expedition, im really chuffed. We're now in a little colonial town called Paraty. Its really beautiful and so different to Rio. It really feels like we're getting into the sticks now - its great. We're camping at various places right the way through til 14th october!! then we get our first hotel. We're all sleeping in oldschool A - frame tents and we have a rosta for cooking, cleaning etc. Its just like girl guides. And we all sit around campfires in the evening drinking beer and chatting. Its so nice. Yesturday Gem and I left the group as they were doing something we'd already done. We hire bikes and hit the road, Slightly forgetting how mountainous it is around here. The only way was up!! We found some beautiful waterfalls and a guy showed us how the local drink cachaca is made, from sugar cane, and have course then we had to have a tasting sesh - would have been rude not to!! It took us 3hrs to get to the top of the maountain - It took 30mins to get down. My bum is killing, and ive got to spend the next two days sitting on a bus!! Yep we're travelling over 1000miles in the next two days, Right into the thick of the rainforest. Wish us luck!!