Amazing nature experiences abound. We visited a very cool waterfall where there is a natural slide. Everyone else had fun - I totally panicked and didn't want to go down it, until a cute thirteen year old local kid coaxed me into doing it... The beaches are great and the wildlife wonderful. There really is SO much to explore. And, once again, awesome beaches!
Brazilians are really, really nice. Helpful, fun, and patient with someone who is learning the language! In the little colonial town, we met four wonderful Brazilians, two couples who were vacationing together. They were easily twenty or more years older than us, but we had a blast with them! We started talking when we were in the pool in a total downpoor and then later on, they called us down to the bar to join them. My boyfriend, our friends and I ended up spending the whole evening with them, eating pizza and communicating as best we could. The next day, we ended up having lunch together at the same little island. It was so funny, we were eating our lunch of grilled fish when another small boat pulls up to the waterside restaurant. I notice it is them and go down to greet them - and they were just so excited! We had dinner together again that night.
Portuguese makes me laugh. There is something about that language. I speak Spanish, Italian, and some French, plus I took a CD course before leaving, so I understood a lot, but the intonation and pronounciation just cracks me up! I just loved saying "Where is the hotel Flamengo?" because of the sounds.
Brazilians are beautiful. Men, women, children, old, young. I had heard it and now I can attest that it is true. In addition, Brazilian men have great bodies and Brazilian women have great hair and cool clothes.
The food is GREAT! My favorite might have been the fresh seafood, but they also have great meat (churrascarias or all you can eat meat places are common), wonderful pastries and sweet, delicious fruits, and some of the tastiest rice and beans around (and I know my rice and beans after a few years in Central America - Nicaraguans for instance eat it two or three times a day.)
While I don't really drink, a good caipirinha, their national cocktail made from sugarcane alcohol, sugar, and limes, is really tasty!