Paquetá At Dawn

Madrugada em Paquetá [Paquetá 4am]

By Jim Skea, José Bonifácio Beach, Paquetá Island, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you would like to view more of Jim’s photographs, please visit his flick photostream.
Jim says:
“4am in José Bonifácio Beach, Paquetá Island. The burnt gases from the REDUC refinery form clouds in the background.”
I was curious about Paqueta Island and did a little research. I found out from Wikipedia that Paquetá Island  is an island in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro. The name of the island is a Tupi word meaning “many shells”, a reference to the plentiful shells on the island’s beaches. The island is an auto-free zone, so travel is limited to bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. Paquetá has twenty baobabs, a type of African tree – the only ones in Brazil beside the Baobà in Passeio Público in Fortaleza. One of them is called “Maria Gorda” (Fat Maria), which residents kiss for luck.
Apart from the eyesore of the REDUC refinery, it sounds like my idea of an idyllic island. I would love to enjoy a stay there. I imagine the island is quite peaceful, with the ban of cars. Living in the UK’s second largest city, Birmingham, means that it is very rare not to hear the sound of a car, lorry, taxi, bus or the sirens of an emergency vehicle.
I wonder if the trees in the photo are two of the twenty baobabs trees on the island? How lovely the islanders have named one of the trees Fat Maria and kiss it for luck!
I hope the selection of photos is inspiring you for your4am picture on the 4th April :)
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  1. Lee Allen says:

    I really want to go there it looks like a scfi film!

  2. Ooh yes! Kinda like another planet……

  3. F.Gomes says:

    Dude, I hate to say this, but Paquetá sucks…..

    Its a tiny island in the middle of Guanabara Bay (absolutely poluted) where there is NOTINHG to do. I mean that! The beaches sucks, the restaurants suck (and charge like maniacs), there are no cool parks to picnic or play some ball.

    The no-car thing is not what you´re thinking. Since it´s an island, you have to take a ferry there (bout 30 min on a crappy crowded ferry), so yes, no car. But in the island there are quite a few cars, and a hole lot of motorcylces. The rest are bikes and smelly skinny horses.

    It does have a cool view, since Rio´s skyline is amazing, with the mountains been so close to the beach. Other than that, don´t waste you time going there.

    Awsome picture though!

  4. Hi F.Gomes

    Thank you for your comment.

    I guess it just goes to show how the imagination can work when looking at a photograph.

    Thank you for the insight into the island. I thought it would be a peaceful haven, but with the motorcycles, I guess not!

    Maybe it’s more suitable for a day trip to see the skyline and mountains, rather than a week long beach holiday :)

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