By the time we arrived in Arraial d’Ajuda well past dark, we were out of luck for camping. We had information on 2 campsites, but they weren’t there. They seemed like prime real estate, so we figure they’ve found a better use for the land. Exhausted, we checked into the first pousada we found- and it was perfect. Pool, air conditioning- just what we needed. After camping for most of the last 3 months we were ready for some space and a few nights without bug bites.
And the timing of our visit to this town seemed perfect, too. We’re passed the hectic tourist season, but the town still opens up in the late afternoon. We hit a couple of the nice beaches and spent a lot of time in the pool. But, the reason we extended our stay was to catch an open day at Eco Park- a large waterpark. Even mid-week, the lines for some of the waterslides (there were about 5) were insanely long, but we had a good time. Such a good time, we didn’t take a single photo. Bode, especially, had fun- he spent hours in the kid’s area sliding down the smaller slides with no wait.
Even leaving town on a sunset ferry was fun, with live entertainment and cold beers.