The local life and wildlife on Island Santa Catarina

Pantano do Sul and the nearby Acores are very relaxed and not much is happening during low season – but we love low season

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In low season there is less traffic, it is easier to find parking (it is also cheaper) and we have the beaches almost to ourselves. Island Santa Catarina is 424 square kilometers, in Denmark the island “Langeland” is 284 square kilometers, but the two islands are very similar in length, “Santa Catarina” is 54 km and “Langeland” is 52 km from north to south. The biggest difference are probably the population, while Langeland has a population of 12,500, Santa Catarina has a population over 420,000 people. If you visit the southern part of the island, you don’t get the feeling of being on an island with more than 420,000 people.

Pantano do Sul

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We just love to go for a walk on the beach

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Watching the local fishing boats

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We have only met nice people here in Brazil. The Brazilians are very open and welcoming, and they always ask if they can help with anything. We had our second flat tire, and stopped at Borracharia Lopes to get it fixed. “Amigos do Borracheiro” = the friends of the tire shop.

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The young man was professional, fast and skilled. He also recommend us to buy new tires for or van, as they are worn down

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The locals are hanging out and playing board games, while most dogs are napping

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The mate culture in brazil, where the cup (called “gourd”, which traditionally is made out of a calabash, which is a plant) and metal straw (called “bombilla”) gets bigger and bigger – but it is not nearly as big as in Argentina and Uruguay. In Brazil the mate is also known as chimarrão. The Brazilian chimarrão is practically free of stems, which was traditionally removed by the Portuguese in order to avoid heartburn. The Brazilian blend also contains a lot more powder than other blends and is characterized by a very rich and intense green color, since its not left to age like in Argentina, but rather readily packed after the harvest. The true Brazilian mate is always bitter.  Its acceptable to add some herbs like some fruit peels, but never commit the sacrilege of adding sugar (Source: http://www.yerbamateblog.com/chimarrao-the-traditional-brazilian-mate/). This is the important tips for drinking mate in the southern Brazil:

  • Don’t ever wipe the mouthpiece of the bombilla before drinking. This might offend your host or others in the circle.
  • Respect the order in which the gourd is passed around.
  • Don’t ever, ever touch or rearrange the bombilla.

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The wildlife on the southern island is amazing. Esben especially got fascinated by all the colorful butterflies

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The camouflage butterflies

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In the left picture a peacock, it is a first just seeing one in nature

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This is how big the green grasshopper really is…

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Is was time to leave the island by driving across all the speed bumps… I am not a fan wlEmoticon-baringteethsmile The local life and wildlife on Island Santa Catarina. A scooter is picking up some extra speed by tailgating a truck – a dangerous game to play if you ask me.

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Just before leaving the island the freeway starts, and the green scenery is replaced by skyscrapers

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We are still heading north, our next stop is Curitiba… well that was our plan, but we stopped in Brusque and ending up spending the whole weekend there. What happened? Check out the next post…

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