A Praia Garapocaia, mais conhecida como Praia Pedra do Sino, é uma das maiores atrações da Ilhabela. Ela é palco de lendas das quais são a razão de seu nome, de língua indígena, pois quando suas pedras são batidas, emitem som de sino. Uma passarela leva às pedras principais de onde podem ser tocadas. No caso de visitação, não esqueca de levar um martelo para bater nas pedras. A faixa de areia é coberta por altas palmeiras e coqueiros, distribuídos pela praia. A água calma, as pequenas ondas e o mar raso fazem parte de um dos tesouros incontestáveis da ilha. Ao sul, existe um ribeirão que desagua no mar e ao norte as pedras.
Foto: Emilio Campi
Here's your soundtrack. Okay, maybe they're not exactly brazillian but their music is awesome and their live shows legendary.Now, Brazil covers almost half of South America and its Amazon rainforest is the world's largest jungle... which is rapidly getting cut down. The country is basically one giant botanical garden with some bangin' cities on its edges.Brazil was colonized in 1808 by the royal court of Portugal, which was fleeing Napolean's troops. They didn't stay long, and Brazil won its independence in 1822.Its biggest city, Sao Paulo, is the financial hub of South America. Brazil is the "b" in BRIC -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four were labeled the world's fastest developing large economies in the year 2001.Brazil is known for three things: amazingly beautiful women, carnival, and Pele -- King of Football, Athlete of the Century, football ambassador of the world and a declared national treasure.Brazillians can tell foreigners a mile away, by the way their hips move. Samba is built into the soul of brazil and carnival is when it bursts out into twenty-four hour undying explosions of sound on every street.This picture of mask diving at the Taipus reefs makes me shed hot and salty tears all over my calendar, which is set on "January" right now.Text by Steve Smith.