World Travel

Penedo to Olinda

27 February: Breakfast at Pousada Colonial is brilliant, there's lots of fruit, bread, omelette and good coffee at the buffet. We give the LP parcel up at the post office. It's there than a Brazilian in the queue behind us tells me that my small rucksack is dripping. My water bottle's leaking. I thank him and rush out to fix the problem while Annewien remains in the queue. Nothing much seems to have happened, my Camera is still working (it takes a few more days for my camera to die because of water damage).

Entrance to Pousada Colonial in Penedo Our room in Pousada Colonial
Entrance to Pousada Colonial in Penedo
Our room in Pousada Colonial
View from our room in Pousada Colonial Our room
View from our room in Pousada Colonial
Our room
Igreja da Senhora das Correntes Igreja da Senhora das Correntes at the end of the street overlooking the Rio São Fransisco
Igreja da Senhora das Correntes
Igreja da Senhora das Correntes at the end of the street overlooking the Rio São Fransisco
Inside small but beautiful Igreja da Senhora das Correntes in Penedo Igreja da Senhora das Correntes
Inside small but beautiful Igreja da Senhora das Correntes in Penedo
Igreja da Senhora das Correntes
Penedo street Looking out
Penedo street
Looking out
Convento de São Fransisco e Igreja NS dos Anjos In Penedo Convento de São Fransisco e Igreja dos Anjos
Convento de São Fransisco e Igreja NS dos Anjos In Penedo
Convento de São Fransisco e Igreja dos Anjos
Sign above Penedo hotel after a drink too many They kept prisoners here for their night before hanging
Sign above Penedo hotel after a drink too many
They kept prisoners here for their night before hanging
Art deco style Post Office in Penedo Dengue fever was a problem in Rio during our stay, causing several deaths
Art deco style Post Office in Penedo
Dengue fever was a problem in Rio during our stay, causing several deaths

Today we're planning to reach Olinda. On the way we would like to find a beach to swim in the ocean. The roads are quite good with some bad pothole stretches in between. I managed to avoid most of them but I did hit at least one bad one. The scenery around us is beautiful, there are lots of palm woods then sugarcane plantations. The beaches we look for are unfortunately either rocky or not to be found at all.

They seem to have found oil here Palm trees galore
They seem to have found oil here
Palm trees galore
Love Motel Coconut telephone
Love Motel
Coconut telephone
Beach at last Relax for a drink
Beach at last
Relax for a drink
Drinks at Piscinas Naturais (lagoons, with no waves) Tabuba restaurant Ocean view
Drinks at Piscinas Naturais (lagoons, with no waves) Tabuba restaurant
Ocean view
Now and again there were some good showers And soon enough the sun was out again
Now and again there were some good showers
And soon enough the sun was out again

The last one we took a look at is Jaipiritinga, the beach is not that great to look at from outside, but once entering the water it's really pleasant: the water is temperate and warmer than it looks, the waves are not too high, there is no current, the sand is soft without any stones, WOW! The best beach I've experienced so far!

Kids trying out their bike at the beach at Jaipiritinga Beach at Jaipiritinga
Kids trying out their bike at the beach at Jaipiritinga
Beach at Jaipiritinga
Beach at Jaipiritinga "The Lombada will Lambada your car"
Beach at Jaipiritinga
"The Lombada will Lambada your car"

Then we continue on our drive to Recife. It rains off and on on the way and it's quite uncomfortable in-between, not really that hot but just humid. We make good use of the a/c in the car. Recife is the 4th largest city in Brazil and the road into the city is very long. Olinda is to the north of Recife, and we reach there after a very long drive through Recife. Luckily they didn't have much in the way of bad traffic jams.


The first hotel we checked out had a tube of a 3-bed room and it looked very hot inside in spite of the a/c. We go on to Pousada do Amporo. He wants 170 R$ per night which is an outrageously high price (although the room is quite nice), but will settle for 150. We continue on to search for some alternatives but we return, he accepts my offer of 140. We have dinner at a Creperie nearby, the Crepe is actually good by my mood turns quite bad because of my cold and not knowing exactly where to drop the car at 8 tomorrow morning. Later we ask a taxi driver and he shows us the directions. Great! 

We had the fan in our room running through the night but my throat had turned raw again today and I move to sleep in the bed upstairs. 

My favourite Beer, Antarctica Mural in Recife
My favourite Beer, Antarctica
Mural in Recife
Continue to 28.2 Exploring Recife