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|San Luis to Alcantara|
|SEPTEMBER 27, 2006 • WEDNESDAY
ALCANTARA • RED IBIS
|We meet our guide, Juca, at the ferry port and take the 1 hour ferry ride across the Bay to the 1600’s colonial town of Alcantara. It was built as the area’s sugar and cotton center. The ferry ride was VERY interesting. It looked threatening for rain, and the seas were VERY rough. The crew made sure we knew where the life jackets were when we got on board, but they did not pass them out. As it turned out, I was WAY TO FAR AWAY from the life jacket cabinet!! We were rolling from side to side to a point I was really not sure if we were going to stay upright, but we did.|
Back at Alcantara, Juca takes us on a walking tour of the old colonial buildings and ruins. The town is literally falling apart!! Some of it had already just disintegrated. Although, if I was 400 years old, I would not look so good either! We stop at a little pousada (small hotel thing), for a bite of lunch, and Michael takes a quick nap.
We make a run-through of the Brazilian Space program museum. They have built a launch site outside Alcantara, but they have had nothing but mishaps since their first attempted launch in 1997.
The ferry trip back, on the ancient wooden ferry, was again about as exciting with the rolling motion. Glad to be back at the hotel.
Dinner again with Edson Jr, after sitting and having some discussions with Edson Sr. Both very nice people. Edson Jr. has looked up and given us some ideas about places to park in Fortaleza, and has even made some phone calls for us.
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