Morro do Serapião

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7 travelers at this place:

  • Day106


    March 8 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Old city from the early 16th century near where Europeans first set foot in Brazil. The city's wealth was built on sugar cane. The pics start with an overview of Olinda. Next is the cathedral where Don Hélder Cámara was bishop. The altar was exhibited at the Guggenheim in NYC not too long ago. Then some street scenes. The houses are painted bright colors because in the days before house numbers, buildings were identified by color here.Read more

  • Day7

    Olinda & Recife

    February 9, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

    After arriving in Recife from São Paulo, I hopped in a taxi to Olinda. First impressions of Recife weren't big - driving through the town at night it did not feel very safe and I was relieved to get to Mameluco Hostel and into bed.

    The hostel is so nice - the owner Rebecca is really friendly and the space itself is really cool. There's a big garden with a nice chilled out breakfast area and mango trees which you can pick and eat.

    In the morning I explored the town but I managed to forget suncream so my face and neck are pretty burnt and I now look like a typical gringo haha. I've also developed a bit of an eye infection too as my eyelid is swollen so I'm not looking my best at the moment.

    Olinda is a charming colonial town but also a bit tired and run down with graffiti and rubbish everywhere. That being said, it's still got bags of atmosphere and some really artsy cafes and bars. In the evening I met some people from my hostel and we went for a few drinks around the town. This was so much fun as there are loads of different street parties with lots of live bossa nova music. We also got 3 beers for £2.50 - a bargain by anyone's standards.

    The next day we headed into Recife, which is the capital of the state Pernambuco. We had been told about São Jose mercado - a market which sells just about everything including clothes, furniture, food and even animals. We had some freshly squeezed orange juice and wondered around the markets. After we crossed one of Recife's many canals and went for lunch.

    After we went to Embaixada dos Bonecos Gigantes also known as 'the Embassy of Giant Puppets' which sounds really strange but it was actually really cool! They have human sized puppets which they parade at carnival and they are all made to be different famous people.

    Then we stumbled into a frevo museum - I've never heard of frevo before but it's a type of Brazilian music and dancing popular in Pernambuco. There was a live band playing frevo music and and this crazy man got up to dance and was trying to drag up everyone else. Luckily we bumped into the two Brazilian guys who were staying at our hostel and they offered us a lift back in their car, instead of us having to get the bus.

    Tomorrow we are heading off to Porto De Galinhas which is a beach place about two hour's drive from Recife. I've also arranged to go to a beach town called Pipa with another English girl I've met at the hostel. After that I will fly to Salvador for a few days before Carnival in Rio :)
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  • Day1

    Oh Olinda

    January 13, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Olinda liegt direkt neben der Großstadt Recife und ist ein wunderschönes und mega buntes Städtchen in welchem sich scheinbar alle Künstler versammelt und niedergelassen haben. Überall sieht man die Werke an Häuserwänden, Mauern und teilweise sogar an Bäumen. Die Aufmachung der Häuser (Farben, Balkone und Etagen) war früher gleichzeitig die Hausnummer, so gab es z. B. das rote Haus mit blauen Fenstern oder das grüne mit gelben welches man in der Straße dann suchen musste. Es sind sehr wenige Touristen unterwegs (was extrem angenehm ist) und die, die man sieht sind hauptsächlich einheimische. Man sagt sich hier noch "guten Tag" wenn man durch die Straßen geht, daher wirkt alles sehr persönlich und freundlich. Die Leute sind sehr hilfsbereit und die Portionen beim Essen riesig ;)

    PS.: "Oh linda terra para construir uma cidade" soll der portugiesische Kapitän und Begründer des Dorfs bei der Ankunft gesagt haben, als er vom höchsten Hügel hinunter zu Küste sah. Es bedeutet "Oh welch schöne Gegend um eine Stadt zu bauen... :)
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  • Day46

    Olinda / Carneval

    February 8, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Stayed in a house with 20 people for Carneval. it's totally crazy here, people are dancing almost the whole day, music is everywhere in the streets and it played live. People follow the blocos (music and dancing groups) through the small streets not the old town of Olinda and they dance, drink, sing and are wearing colorful costumes.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Morro do Serapião, Morro do Serapiao

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