The flight went without a hitch and when we landed, we were kindly welcomed by the friendly Lider/Signature staff Cyntia and Vilson. They helped us with our paperwork, promptly refueled us, checked out local hotel availability, and even arranged a driver for us!
At our hotel we were elated that the day had been really astounding, and that we had not encountered any problems. The hotel manager Lucas, spoke excellent English and we were able to have friendly banter with him and headed to our room. On entering our room our air conditioning immediately flooded and after being relocated to a new room we decided we needed to have a toast for crossing the equator,(which was actually when we left Macapa going on to Belem) and celebrate our great flight with a local cocktail called Caipirinha. After having our drink and making a toast, things started to change. Despite having a delightful waitress who could speak English, they forgot to serve us our dinner. Being a tourist and not speaking the language we had just patiently waited. It wasn’t until Chris saw two other diners who came in long after us tucking into their dinner. We thought as in previous dinners, that the service was a little laid back but after waiting an hour and a half, the waitress was horrified when she realized her oversight. She quickly brought dinner to our room and repeatedly sighed “my mistake, my mistake!”
After eating, we both felt really tired and were ready to crash out, but the room next to us had pounding music blaring on the television and after an hour, we asked Lucas(the manager) if he could politely ask our neighbor to turn his volume down a bit. Let me just say all night long pounding music, loud television conversation, adverts and the sport channel kept us both awake all night!! And despite us knocking on the door, pounding on the wall and ear plugs, hardly slept at all, as the television on full volume kept going and going..... Around 2-3 we both decided that our neighbour had indulged with a huge bottle of the local cocktail and had passed out, deaf or dead!!!!
The next morning at the airport we were greeted by our friends from Lider /Signature and after taking pictures with our beloved N758DW,we winged our way towards Fortaleza. We have been both been told on several occasion, from many different sources that the coastline we would see today is the most stunning in Brazil. With cameras ready, a little bleary we depart from Sao Luis ready for the famous vista.