After spending close to 20 hours in a flight, evening in a different continent, and having slept at the airport the previous evening, Sao Paulo wasn’t exactly the place I was looking for. I had faint memory of a friend suggesting me ‘Florianopolis’ so I took the first convenient bus out of the city. It wasn’t an easy task though without knowing any Portuguese but like everywhere else the people were extremely helpful. A lady held my hand and took me to the ticket counter I was looking for when I couldn’t understand what she was trying to explain.
I took an evening bus to Floripa and was there the next afternoon.
Getting to Floripa
It’s easily accessible by road and air. I took a bus from Sao Paulo that took 14 hours to reach and cost 120 Reals (Around Rs. 2600)
It initially seemed to me like just another city and it bothered me a little bit. In hindsight maybe it was just the added trouble of not being able to talk as NOBODY spoke English. I left for a beach the same afternoon and it changed my perception of the place. Not only was the beach really beautiful but the way was wonderful as well.
Things to do
Beaches: The place has 42 beaches and some are extremely beautiful and surprisingly not crowded either.
Hiking: There are some day hikes that can be done like ‘Caminho de Ratones a Costa da Lagao’. It took about 40 minutes to reach and then one can swim under the waterfall. The water was freezing cold though.
Partying: Brazilian parties are a must visit whether you like partying or not. The Samba music is fun to listen to and dance is a treat to watch. I appreciated the fact that the people hold their culture so closely in Brazil.
‘Ilha do Campeche’ is supposedly another nice place from Campeche beach but I did not go there as it requires you to take an expensive boat ride to the island.
Ideal time to spend
I was there for 8 days and I could easily stay longer but then I love beaches!
The bus system needs a lot of improvement. Even though the places were pretty nearby I could not travel much as it takes forever to take a bus and reach your destination. Buses are few and there’s a standard ticket price of 3.5 Reals irrespective of the distance you’re traveling. It’s good when you’re traveling long distance within the city though.