AS the crow flies, Chinde is 82km (51 miles) south of the provincial capital, Quelimane.
It is geographically to Quelimane what Bangor is to Ballycastle.
But there is no longer a direct road along the coast between Chinde and Quelimane as there was in Portuguese times. The coastal area is too prone to flooding for it to be economic to maintain such a road.
So imagine if Bangor was the main town in the Co Down district, and the capital of Northern Ireland was Ballycastle. Then imagine that for people or supplies to come from the capital to Bangor, the following journey was necessary:
Drive west by paved single carriageway road from Ballycastle to Coleraine and then on towards Londonderry.
Then head south to Strabane and Omagh and Ballygawley, where there is a crossroads and market where you can stop for refreshments.
Then head east again on a lower quality road, that is only paved for the first few miles. The road becomes barely paved, and covered in sand, and prone to potholes.
Then, as you reach Portadown, the road becomes a dusty track.
Finally, at Lisburn, the roads are too difficult to travel or prone to flooding, so you get on to boats and travel along the River Lagan.
At Belfast, your boat makes it out on to the wider Lough, and can travel at a faster pace towards Bangor. But in the rainy season, you have to get back on to land somewhere around the Belfast docks, and then make the rest of the way to Bangor in a four-wheel drive on a bumpy, path.
The journey from Ballycastle to Bangor to has taken up to 9 hours in a crammed Land Rover or small boat, when on a direct road it would have taken an hour in a car.
That is how difficult it is to get from Quelimane to Chinde — arguably as slow as a Ballycastle-Bangor journey would have been 400 years ago.
A direct ferry service is due to open soon (to extend the analogy, this is like a direct ferry from Ballycastle to Bangor down the east coast of Ulster). But it will still be as far as Belfast to Cairnryan, and it won’t be using a European fast car ferry, so Chinde will remain isolated for decades to come.