We took Friday and Saturday to be tourists. We spent Friday wandering around Pepé beach and walked up the coast to Barra beach. We stumbled upon a farmers market serving fruit, fish, cheese and freshly made pastels.
The weather threatened to dribble on us and although the sun was hiding the weather was still enjoyable.
We tucked into a kiosk by the beach for some drinks and a snack. The views and the waves were hard to beat.
We picked to end our day at the Windsor hotel for a last adult beverage. They had a rooftop pool and bar and since the weather wasn’t perfect for sunning we had the place to ourselves.
We planned a dinner with Wags, his mom and Patti. I really wanted us to try Porcao a local Churrascaria but the one in Barra was closed for renovations. Instead we went to Fogo de Chao, which we have been to in San Diego…so much for branching out.
The food was fine but again we were disappointed in the salad bar offerings. Dessert was and has always been the best part of the meals here.
Saturday morning while lounging around our place I was trying to find something new for us to check out. I came across a TripAdvisor forum talking about a little island right by Pepe beach. They have a water taxi that will take you across the lagoon for 1 Real$ and once there we could eat and drink at some of the local restaurants and bars. Shane did the legwork to figure out where we find this ferry taxi and then we called an Uber and set out.
We were let off on the road and told to walk down an alley way and the ferry was waiting for us.
Once we were on the small island we tried to map our way to one of the restaurants but the island is so small that even google maps was confused. So we just wandered around.
Finally we found one of the places that we were looking for. Clearly it was well marked, amazing anyone can find it.
This is when we really felt like we were in Brazil. It was low key, tropical and scenic.
We sat along the water and took in the sights while we waited for our order of pastel de carne.
We spent a few hours on the island and then left for the beach to meet Wags for a last hurrah. We met some very nice and interesting people, did some dancing and enjoyed the night with the cariocas. It was a great finale to our trip, now it’s time to get ready for closing ceremonies. I can’t believe the two weeks is almost up.