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    Day 1 – Monday, December 12, 2011 – Depart São Paulo, São Paulo, BR for Salvador, Bahia, BR

    After a long evening of food and conversation with the family and a very short night, our alarm went off at 3:45. Tia had arranged for Nilson, her usual driver to...

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    Day 02 - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – Praia do Forte Day Tour, Salvador, Bahia, BR

    Rain greeted us when we went down to the breakfast room. The air conditioning was broken so we sat by the lone fan in the room. I went out to check the weather; besides...

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    Day 03 - Wednesday, December 14, 2011 – City Tour, Salvador, Bahia, BR

    A city tour was included in our Salvador package. The tour company had scheduled the trip to begin at 8:30. While we waited I went out to get a weather reading. It was 80° with 74% humidity...

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    Day 04 - Thursday, December 15, 2011 - Cachoeira, Rural Bahia Day Tour, Salvador, Bahia, BR

    After breakfast we were met by Carol, our guide from Tuesday. We had requested her because she spoke English well and the tour company recommended by the hotel was very reliable.

    The agent said...

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    Day 05 - Friday, December 16, 2011 - Flight from Salvador, Bahia, BR to Recife, Pernambuco, BR; City Tour of Recife and Olinda

    Susan and Bob agreed to meet us for breakfast at 7:30 before we left the hotel for the airport at 8:30. We paid our bill and thanked...

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    Day 06 - Saturday, December 17, 2011 - Flight from Recife, Pernambuco, BR to Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, BR

    There was plenty of time to get ready this morning because our alarm clock was still on Salvador Daylight Savings Time. Instead of waking up at 7:00, we were up, showered,...

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    Day 07 - Sunday, December 18, 2011 - Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, BR

    We woke up this morning to the sounds of roosters crowing, a few dogs barking, and Brazilian music. Wherever we go at any time of day music is in the air.

    Our breakfast at the pousada was...

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    Day 08 - Monday, December 19, 2011 – Island Tour Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, BR

    Sabina picked us up right after breakfast to go on the Island Tour. We had contracted with her to do an individual tour and Heidi and Juliane our Norwegian friends went along to not only...

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    Day 09 - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, BR

    We woke up at 6:30, had breakfast and then got ready for the boat ride to see more dolphins and hopefully a turtle or two. The tour was to come for us at 8:00.

    Just as I...

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    Day 10 - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - Flight from Fernando de Noronha to Recife to São Paulo, São Paulo, BR

    The hostess of the pousada was kind enough to have breakfast ready for us before our 6:20 trek to Atalaia Beach.

    We packed most of our things the night...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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