Lencois Maranhenses Dunes

About 4 hours drive from Soa Luis is the

Lencois Maranhenses Dunes

About 4 Hours drive from Soa Luis is the Lencois   Maranhenses sand dune national park. Wild and untouched the view from the air was stunning. But first we had to take a plane!  In the wet season, the water forms lagoons on the bottom of the dunes creating different colors, depending on the light and the sand. 
 The dunes stretch as far as the eye can see.
 Here the water is green

After the flight we took a land trip into the dunes, we bumped and rolled for about 60 mins before arriving at the dunes. They looked very different from the air.
Yes that is a person on the top. It gives you an idea how tall the Dunes are.

 And how steep they are and how many years will it take this tree to fade away?
The water in the lagoon is very green!

And we stayed to watch the sunset.

Soa Luis

Little  known Soa Luis is in the Noth of Brazil, the sea is still part of The Atlantic, but very close to The Amazon estuary. It is a port where tankers seem to sit for days waiting in the sea to come into the port.
It is an old colonial city.
 Where it is possible to while a few hours away.
We found a market full of fascinating things.Sauces of what we have no idea how one woul use them.
 Hand woven baskets full of prawns . We have lived on fish of all kinds for weeks now. The meat is rather tough.

We were in Soa Luis on a Sunday, so we did what the rest of the inhabitants do. Go to the beach.
Beach football is the obvious activity, the pitch carefully laid out,

Kite boarding is a very hairy sport here. The winds are very strong and persistent .
Just to remind us we are in Brazil and it can be a dangerous place a helicopter landed on the beach, two soldiers jumped out waving very large guns, ran up the beach, a  police car arrived with sirens deafening everyone. A few minutes later the armed soldiers ran back to the helicopter And off it went. And off went the police car. Nobody but us paid the incident any attention! 

So, We decided to get on with what we had come to do .
Drink our Lemmon juice and relax

There is another side of Soa Luis that is modern. The city is a big holiday resort for the Brzillians  .  The skyscrapers dominate the beach area.

More of Pardise Island

The Island is dominated by The Point. 300 meters in height. It is very dangerous to climb.
The beaches are wonderful, but the currents are leathal.
Some parts of the island reminded us of The Orkney Islands
At The shark museum -yes there is a shark bay here. But Tony decided to rule the sea.
Despite all the sea the island is tropical with beautiful flowers everywhere .

Fernando de Noronha

We stayed three days on this island, which is about 300 Kms off the NW coast of Brazil. The Brazillians call it Paradise Island.
This beach has been voted The worlds most beautiful beach for two years in a row.

We decided it was time to prove that we were there!

To get down to the beach it is necessary to go down this hole and down another 50 vertical steps. Needless to say I didn't go, but Tony did.
While I sat waiting for Tony to return, this little chap from behind the rock