Too Darn Hot!

Our first port of call is Montevideo. The capital city of Uruguay is surprisingly small, little more than a large town really, with a pleasant centre, some interesting art deco and art nouveau buildings, good restaurants and is noticeably less expensive than Buenos Aires. But its main attraction is getting us a Uruguayan stamp in our passport.

Port number two on our trip is Parati, a delightful small Brazilian fishing village that used to be the export centre for the gold and diamond industry. Long since bypassed by Rio De Janiero it has made the most of its history by cherishing its old colonial imageParati

keeping its narrow streets paved with impossibly large cobblestones and carefully painting its houses white with bright coloured trim.

Parati street

Cars are banned and the only way to see the town is on foot or in a horse and carriage

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The day of our visit the weather is unbelievably hot and humid.

There are cafes and restaurants, but no one wants to sit in themParati cafes

and fascinating shops, but no one wants to stay in themParati provisions

The only thing more unbearable than walking around the town in the middle of the day, is the tender ride from ship to shore that takes almost an hour. The tenders are fibreglass torture chambers masquerading as the ship’s lifeboats, preheated to a temperature that the Devil would find toasty. The engine is covered by benches which leave burn marks on your shorts. The only ventilation is provided by the two doors but only a lucky few can take advantage of them. Standing is not allowed as you might fall down and hurt yourself. But dying from lack of air or burning to death on scalding seats is deemed quite acceptable. I would rather go down with the ship than spend days sitting in one of these things.

The entire day is like an endurance test, but Parati is worth it.Parati panorama

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2 Responses to Too Darn Hot!

  1. Juliet Mann says:

    Hello G&A Following your progress with great interest. We went to Parati in January and it rained most of the time! However I guess that was better than scorching your shorts! Swam with turtles in a delightful bay and snorkelled off a boat…….so there!!
    love Juliet and Peter xxx

  2. David A says:

    Allow me to be the first to say it – only mad dogs and Englishmen …

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