Archive for September, 2007
NAME: pousada do Paturi
WHERE: Caburé, Maranhão
IN ENGLISH: no
PRICES ON THE WEBSITE: yes
LOCATION: between the river Preguiças and the Atlantic ocean.
THE BUILDING: two rows of chalets around a central patio and the dining room. The pousada is surrounded by sand in all directions, and during the windy season the staff of the pousada spends the day cleaning the sand from the patio.
THE ROOMS: bare and simple, with an electric fan and a bathroom (no hot water).
PRICES IN JUNE 2006: We paid R$75 the room, it was low season.
BREAKFAST: included in the price. Acceptable, given the extreme conditions and isolation of Caburé.
FOOD: the pousada has a restaurant where abundant food is prepared. Considering the limitations imposed by the lack of fresh vegetables, the restaurant provides an excellent chance to feast on freshly caught fish.
RECEPTION: very friendly. After a few days, we were treated as if we were part of the family.
OUR OPINION: those looking for luxury and comfort should not get anywhere near Caburé. For those after a remote place, far away from the world, where there are no computers, mobile phones or cars (only the pousadas’s 4-wheel drive), Caburé is an unbeatable place. The rooms are very simple and provide just the basics for a quiet rest. The luxury of Caburé is its location and landscapes. Nature at its purest. Paturi, the owner of the pousada, is a remarkable character, whose reputation is known throught the state of Maranhão.
The TIM Festival is one of the most important dates on the calendar for music fans. The festival will take place at the end of October simulatenously in Rio de Janeiro (October 26 and 27), São Paulo (October 25 to 29), Curitiba (October 31) and Vitória (October 27 to 29). Among the line-up, people like Björk, Arctic Monkeys, Neneh Cherry and The Killers. Do not expect affordable tickets, you won’t find them.
While on the supermarket last week, we came across a new type of snack. Packed in the same bag as traditional crisps [chips], you now have the choice of mandioca (cassava, manioc) and inhame (yam). We bought a bag of each to find out what they tasted like.
Mandioca (also known as aipim and macaxeira) is part of the staple diet on several parts of Brazil. What we found inside the bag had an excellent appearance, with hints of the real texture of mandioca. A pity the taste was quite bland. We couldn’t help but recall all those fried mandiocas we’ve eaten so many times at the beach!
Inhame is an edible root vegetable quite popular in the north and northeast of Brazil, as well as in the Caribbean. The contents of the bag had an elaborate appearance as well. As I hadn’t tasted real inhame before, I can’t compare it to the industrial thing. However, the taste was much nicer than the mandioca in the other package. The cool beer we had on stand by went down really well along this seemingly unique Brazilian snack.
Less than 30 kilometers from the center of São Paulo there is a small town, Embu das Artes, where evey weekend its streets are host to an open-air arts and crafts fair. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the town every Saturday and Sunday.
Embu is reached via the Régis Bittencourt (BR 116) motorway. A good piece of advice: get there early, after midday it’s quite difficult to find a place to park.