After being in Brazil for almost a week I am off to the little village São Miguel Do Gostoso with Go Brazil. A pristine piece of Brazil. As soon as I step foot into the village I notice right away that the ambiance is completely different than the Brazilian cities I’ve seen so far. Everyone tells me about São Miguel Do Gostoso: it is ‘The Pipa of 25 years ago’. I can see the resemblance. But I can also see strong differences. Both in nature as atmosphere.
São Miguel Do Gostoso is far from touristic. However, at the same time the village counts many Pousada’s (small hotels). The biggest part of the year you won’t have to book a room in advance. But every now and then São Miguel Do Gostoso will overflow with surf-tourists as some of the biggest surfing competitions of Brazil are organized right here.
I arrive at the end of the day in São Miguel Do Gostoso in my Pousada, just before dawn. One of the most sweet but also one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen. Not because it is a luxurious paradise, but because it is the complete opposite. It is small, boutique and decorated with the most beautiful gardens. I can’t resist to play for nature photographer and start to photograph every pretty flower I can find. After that I head over to the streets of São Miguel Do Gostoso. To photograph, to explore and to wander around through the streets of the village.
It becomes more clear to me that locals aren’t used to the ‘average tourism’ One for one they look at me, with faces that speak for themselves: ‘What in godsname are you doing here?’. I am starting to enjoy it. I like touristic places and big cities but every now and then there is nothing better than a raw and pure place to discover all by yourself.
While locals are still looking at me when I am photographing every building I come across I notice that this village definitely has her touristic periods during the year. I find a huge amount of Pousadas, beaches, restaurants, pools and bars. At the same time São Miguel Do Gostoso betrays that these periods don’t last long: you can’t find a single ATM in the whole village (and surroundings) and in the village itself I only find one mini supermarket.
This makes São Miguel Do Gostoso a nice mixture of two worlds: while having a wide choice of pousadas, beautiful beaches and restaurants you still find yourself in the middle of ‘real’ Brazilian life. I love it and I am sad that I can’t spend more days in São Miguel Do Gostoso to enjoy it.
During the days I’ve spent in São Miguel Do Gostoso I head over to the beach a couple of times. The waves are big, and I can definitely see why this is a good place to go surfing. At the beach I find a couple of Brazilian boys playing soccer. I find the cutest monkeys in the trees and I find small, simple beach bars. Nothing touristic about it. It is just Brazil.
When the sun goes down the looks of São Miguel Do Gostoso start to change. It is dark, and there are only few lights spreaded out through the city. Luckily the bars and restaurants light up the streets as much as you need. From out a couple of restaurants and bars I hear laughter and music. The restaurants look identically attractive: all outdoors, decorated with plants, lanterns and fairy lights. The food is great, the atmosphere is fun and the hosts are always nice. I now see why São Miguel Do Gostoso is labeled as a former Pipa. I now can definitely see a resemblance. However, I hope that São Miguel Do Gostoso will keep her charms without growing out to become the next Pipa. It is beautiful just the way it is.