What Mud? It´s Just A Lovely Beach...
What Mud? It´s Just A Lovely Beach...

Still recovering from our first Carnival nights, we decided to spend the day at Jabaquara Beach, a few minutes walk from Paraty. Nice place: great sand, awesome view on the green mountains around, warm water…

A few minutes after we arrived, we met our first muddy beachgoer. Mmm… Something was definitely going on when we started seeing more and more people, covered in mud from head to toes. We walked towards where the people were coming from and discovered… a bay mud in a shallow part of the beach.

This is the tradition, we were told. The ¨Bloco Da Lama¨ (Group Of The Mud) celebrates Carnival by covering themselves in mud, dressing up as cavemen and partying on the beach.

We could not resist trying that out (and take pictures!). We basically fell into the sticky gooey mud pit, and covered ourselves with a thick layer. Yes, it does stink a bit but the mud is quite clean.

One original way to celebrate Carnival, isn´t it?!

Where Do They Come From???
Where Do They Come From???

Okay, There Is Something With The Mud!
Okay, There Is Something With The Mud!

The Mud Pool
The Mud Pool

Mudding Oneself Is An Art
Mudding Oneself Is An Art

Feng aka Caveman
Feng aka Caveman

Don´t I Look Yummy!
Don´t I Look Yummy!

All Muddy!
All Muddy!

Let´s Go Party Muddy!
Let´s Go Party Muddy!
 

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  1. Seraphine March 5, 2009 at 11:22 am

    i love it!
    mud. actually, it’s good for the skin. the mud treatments you get at the spa here in california are quite expensive, and not half as much fun.
    happy carnival!

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  2. Agnes March 5, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    LOL That’s a great alternative to tanning beds/spray-on tan 😀 😀 😀
    I am enjoying your trip through your blog a lot, Zhu.
    Have a monster weekend.

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  3. Final_Transit March 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Zhu!
    Beautiful, I love mud bathing. The last time I did was in the Dead Sea (Israel) and sure you guys had so much fun. I don’t know how to express my jealousy looking at your pictures…. its -30 deg C here today!

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  4. Lis of the North March 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    That looks absolutely ace!!

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  5. Baoru March 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Woah…mud…very ummm…sticky. 😛 It’s like a spa over there!

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  6. DianeCA March 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Hehehe glad you ceased the opportunity and got into the game! And I bet you are just radiant today too!!!

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  7. Khengsiong March 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Like face masking, except that this is done over the body. Guess the mud must have medical benefits.

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  8. Bluefish March 6, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Is there a beauty effect for that?

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  9. Zhu March 6, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    @Seraphine – I know: I can believe I ever pay for mud before! 😆

    @Tulsa Gentleman – Probably won´t be my everyday beauty routine though! 😆

    @Agnes – Yeah, tanning is so out and mudding is so in! 😉

    @Lis of the North – Something to experience!

    @Final_Transit – Why do they do it in Israel? Health reason? I think here it´s just to party!

    @DianeCA – To be honest, I couldn´t have just looked, people were throwing mud at those who did not participate.

    @Baoru – A giant 30C spa, free on top of that!

    @Khengsiong – I didn´t notice much effect on me, maybe it´s on the long run 😉

    @Bluefish – Not that I have noticed on me! But it was a good laugh.

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  10. Graham March 7, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Zhu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve missed you soooooo much!!! So sorry for being AWOL for far too long. This here have been quite challenging over the past few months, but hopefully I am here to stay again now (especially considering that you have chained me to my blog… hehehehe!!).

    Anywayz, back to your post. Firstly all I can say is VERY YUMMY indeed 😉 I imagine that was great fun getting covered in mud. I had a look through your holiday photos on Flickr and was totally blown away by the fanastic places that you have been to recently. To be honest I am totally jealous…lol! And, as always, you have captured the locations perfectly in each image.

    You have always been a great friend and inspiration to me, and I appreciate you for that. The amazing thing is that I am actually planning to visit Nicaragua for a few weeks this year, and hope to visit Costa Rica whilst I am there. Seeing your photos has inspired me even more now.

    Hope you are both well and I promise to stay in touch and keep blogging xxxxx

    ps. Sorry for the delay in finishing the photobook also. My work has taken over everything at the moment, but I hope to get back to it and finish it soon. I promise to send you a copy as soon as I get it printed xx

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  11. beaverboosh March 7, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Hey mud princess, you look hot!

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  12. aline March 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I was looking for the mud in the first photo. Then I scrolled down the page. wah!!
    Btw, isn’t mud supposed to be good for the skin? I seem to have seen mud masks being sold at Watsons and other stores before.

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  13. Zhu March 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    @Graham – Hey Graham, no worries! Take as much as you want for the book, we are all busy 😉 Just glad to see you back online, with hopefully more pictures. I need inspiration!

    I send you some mud 😉

    @beaverboosh – It WAS hot. At least 40C. :-p

    @aline – Well, it was not bad for the skin… but good, I´m not sure!

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