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Goiás

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  • Day5

    Waterfalls

    June 16 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    What a splendid day! The girls were up early and went spotting Tucanos and little monkeys in the eucalyptus trees a short distance away. We went for breakfast in a little cafe in town before heading out from the bottom end of town to the nearby cachoerias de Lochainios.
    At the entrance was a bird feeder with several colourful birds visiting. The park contains two boardwalks, one busier with better waterfalls, the other quieter and more beautiful. We went up the first and the girls went in for a dip. We were visited by little monkeys who enjoyed a banana on our seat back. Up the other side we found a great place for picnic lunch with several more exotic birds including a Helmeted Manakin, black with red helmet. At the top was another waterfall though with less water; most tranquil.
    Later we visited Cachoerias da Lua, with curious moonlike rocks through which the river flows.
    We ate delicious pizza di Debora in Sao Jorge before driving back half an hour for an earlyish night.
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  • Day4

    Brancas i Cachoeira Sao Bento

    June 15 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We rose early and were picked up at 7.30 to go back and take breakfast with Fernando. He wished to have a talk with Fran & Debs.
    After breakfast we went for a walk to another lake on the estate while others meditated and chatting occurred. Later there was time to sketch, read and watch the birds tucking into the avocado. Before we left Fernando took us by car to Morra de Prece, a viewing point with extraordinary panorama over the deep valley and hills into the far distance.
    We had an excellent lunch at Crave e Canale again then drove the short distance to Sao Bente. Here there was a 3km walk to the falls, much along a boardwalk through the forest, where many trees were identified though birds were scarce. We did though hear an owl.
    At the falls the waters were deemed too chilly for a dip. Just up the path though were hammocks from which to view the dusk descend and the nearly full moon.
    Evening meal accompanied by singer / guitar was a fitting end to a quite different day.
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  • Day6

    Cachoeira Cristai

    June 17 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    The girls went for early bird watching before dawn. When they got back we all went to a local Pousada de Sol at Christina’s (the owner of the accommodation) suggestion on the outskirts of town. It was such a beautiful setting with a dozen Araras feeding on sunflower seeds. We enjoyed a splendid breakfast then headed a little way north to waterfalls at Cristai, where crystals can be collected and washed in the clear waters. Lunch in the restaurant at the top was excellent; then time for a siesta. There were many beautiful birds and butterflies along the trail and hammocks (or hemlocks, as Nino termed them) to rest in.
    We ended the day at Nino’s watching the sunset and full moon rise on the opposite horizon just after Jupiter. Nino lit a fire and we enjoyed a peaceful end to the day.
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  • Day108

    Itiquira Falls, Brazil

    March 10 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Brasilia sits on a high plain in inland Brazil. There are many rivers that flow in all directions. In fact, I'm told there are more than 1200 waterfalls of many sizes, from a few meters to about 150 meters. Itiquira is the largest. The first pic is taken from the base of the falls, while the second is from the ridge across the valley. A brutally difficult hike. The rest of the pics are views from the ridge or of the valley around the fallsRead more

  • Day5

    Days 5 & 6: Pirenopolis

    August 18, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    The bus arrives in Brasilia at 11.30 a.m., too late for me to catch the bus I had intended but there's plenty of space for a later departure and I am in Pirenopolis by later afternoon. It's a small town of about 20,000 people and a world away from the mayhem of Rio. It was the centre of a gold rush in the 18th century, less famous than the one in Minas Gerais state but there are many old houses, cobbled streets and several lovely baroque churches. At the guest house where I am staying, the girl who checks me in is wearing a T-shirt saying "Strong is the new pretty" in English. I'd better watch my step.

    I may well be the only gringo in town but it being a weekend, there are lots of visitors from Brasilia and they love to rumble by playing thundering drum n' bass. Realising that trying to sleep is pointless, I go outside and listen to a very acceptable three-piece band playing British and American rock songs. And guess what---one of them is Pink Floyd's "Wish you were here."

    RTBC:
    1. No mosquitoes, as in Rio
    2. or muggers (probably)
    3. or rain
    4. or stomach pain, which had afflicted me earlier
    5. finally, a good sleep.

    Sunday lunch is a popular time and I find it at the Santa Dica microbrewery, a welcome change from the usual lagery types what are cold, wet and flavourless. I break my resolution not to have a beer before sundown and this one serves a deliciously fresh peachy brew.
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  • Day11

    Days 11 to 13: Alto Paraiso

    August 24, 2018 in Brazil

    After a couple of nights in Brasilia, I am back at the Rodoviaria. The bus company have the last laugh by not telling me about the embarcation tax, and the security guard won't let me through the turnstile. (Turnstiles are an inevitable part of Brazilian life, like drum n bass and cockroaches). She sends me back to the ticket office to get the additional ticket. Once on the road, the 200 km. journey lasts 4 hours, including a lunch stop.

    Alto Paraiso is, to me, an unremarkable town of about 10,000 people and the starting point for tours to the Chapada de Veadeiros National Park. Not having a car, I need a tour operator and finding one is not the usual process of walking into a tour shop with a polite agent at the desk and pretty photos plastered on the walls. My guest house give me an address in the town which several local people, let alone myself, can't locate.

    I finally find a lead at one of the bigger hotels (thanks to the helpful Andreia) and Henrique arrives with a description of what access can be offered to the park. Having no idea if he is an accredited guide, I have strong doubts about this "man with a van" approach. What is also strange is that although a weekend is approaching, he offers trips for multiple customers only on weekdays, so I would be unable to share the cost with anyone else. It's only when he reappears in a fully liveried 4 x 4 and his assistant Edson, that I am convinced. It turns out this is common practice in parts of Brazil and should be an RTBC that Alto Paraiso is not yet overrun with organised tours.

    And because it's a weekend (Friday night) a car with shattering drum n base speeds past my window at 4 a.m. I wanted an early start but this is ridiculous!

    Edson takes me on a 6 km. round trip to the Vale da Luna (Valley of the Moon) with a landscape of smooth, bare rocks. The temperature climbs to 31C and he says my shoes aren't suitable for hiking but I continue regardless, grateful for his helping hand. The best part of the day is the return drive back when the late afternoon sunlight bathes the palm-studded plain in a warm glow. And he plays the Doors' "Strange Days" in his car!

    The following day I head out alone on a dirt track leading to some waterfalls. The passing vehicles clothe me in a coating of fine red dust. With it being the dry season, the cascades themselves have dried up but there is an attractive group of squirrel-sized monkeys tempted with morsels offered by another visitor.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Goiás, Goias, GO, غوياس, Штат Гаяс, Гояс, গোয়াস, Estat de Goiás, གོ་ཡཟི་, Gojaso, Goiási osariik, گوییاس, גויאס, गोइयास, ゴイアス州, გოიასი, 고이아스 주, Goiasensis, Gojasas, Gojasa, Гојаш, गोयाएस, Goiàs, گویاس, Goiás suyu, Гојас, รัฐโกยาส, گوئیاس, Goyas, 戈亚斯州

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