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  • Day35

    Chapada Dos Veadeiros NP

    March 3 in Brazil ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Day 30 to 31: Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park, Alto Paraiso ( Tue 03 Mar to Wed 04 Mar )
    We have one day to explore the National Park. The Chapada dos Veadieros is one of Brazil's hidden gems, one of the oldest and most beautiful tropical ecosystems in South America and home to incredible waterfalls, rock formations, caves and grottoes. This morning we will have an included visit to the Vale da Lua or the Valley of the Moon, so called due to the rock formations giving it an appearance similar to the moon. This area is perfect
    for hiking, horse and bike riding and of course swimming in natural pools and soaking up the parks atmosphere. It is said that due to the high amount of quartz in the ground, that this Chapada is glows from space! About Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park: Located in the
    State of Goiás, about 250 km from Brasília, the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is, according to NASA, the most luminous. point seen from the Earth's orbit. This is due to the quantity of quartz crystals present in the soil, besides several other metals and minerals. The main river that flows in Veadeiros National Park is Rio Preto. Along its course, there are many spectacular waterfalls, including Rio Preto Falls (120 metres high, 80 metres at the
    base) and the Cariocas. The canyons are just as beautiful, with walls of up to 40 metres high and valleys of up to 300 metres. Forests are also present in the region, and are well worth exploring primarily because of the rich variety of flora, more than 25 species of orchids can
    be found for example. The rich fauna of the region includes species threatened with extinction such as the Pantanal deer, the Jaguar, the Maned Wolf. More common are the Rhea (Brazilian ostrich), Seriema, Tapeti, Armadillo (Tatu Canastra), Anteater, Capybara (Capivara), Tapir (Anta), Green-Beek Toucan, Black Vulture, King Vulture. While the forests are home to this amazing wildlife it can be quite difficult to see, nonetheless this is a great
    place for us to explore for the amazing flora and landscape alone.

    Wikipedia:
    Die “Chapada dos Veadeiros” ist eine Hochebene im Nordosten des brasilianischen Bundesstaats Goiás. Der Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros wurde am 11. Januar 1961 zum Schutz von Quellen mehrerer Flusssysteme und der vielfältigen Flora und Fauna im Cerrado geschaffen. Der größte Fluss ist der Rio Preto, ein Zufluss des Rio Tocantins, mit großen Wasserfällen wie die 120 m und 80 m hohen Rio Preto-Fälle.

    Der etwa vierstündige “gelbe” Rundwanderweg ist nicht einfach, aber die Anstrengung lohnt sich. Für mich war das ein echtes Super Highlight. Wir haben drei außergewöhnliche Wasserfälle aus nächster Nähe bewundern können. Der erste war 120 Meter hoch (Salto 120), der zweite 80 Meter hoch (Salto 80). Der dritte war eine gewaltige Kaskade (Cachoaira do Carrossel). Wenn man die alle per Auto erreichen könnte, wären sicher deutlich mehr Touristen vor Ort. So hatten wir diese Naturwunder fast für uns alleine. Erst wollte ich wegen großer Regenwahrscheinlichkeit nicht gehen. Dann war ich doch froh, daß ich es gemacht habe. Am Ende war ich pitschnass. Schade das Heidi das nicht sehen konnte.

    Heidi:
    Ich bin nicht so der Naturbewunderer. Mich zieht es ja eher in Städte. Und bergauf und -ab ist auch nicht so mein Ding. ich kann viele Kilometer laufen, wenn alles flach ist. Als es dann auch noch in Strömen regnet, bin ich froh, hier geblieben zu sein. Ich habe mich nicht gelangweilt. Wolfgang ist zurück und ziemlich kaputt. Jetzt müssen seine Sachen irgendwie trocknen. Hoffentlich wird es bald wieder wärmer!

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  • Day34

    Brasilia to Alto Paraiso

    March 2 in Brazil ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

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    Day 29: Alto Paraiso ( Mon 02 Mar )
    After our morning tour of the city, we will drive to the chilled out town of Alto Paraiso, which will be our base for exploring the “Chapada dos Veadeiros”. Alto Paraiso is crossed by Parallel 14 (in the same way as Machu Picchu) and is at the centre of some fantastic stories of space ships and aliens! Drive time approx 3hrs, 150km We will camp in a well equipped camp site.

    Wir bewegen uns auf einer Hochebene von ca. 1.000 müN in Richtung Norden und haben zwischenzeitlich den 14. Breitengrad Süd erreicht. Die Landschaft ist geprägt von industrieller Landwirtschaft so weit das Auge reicht.
    Tendenziell erwartet uns Regen und „meine Finanzministerin“ hat uns großzügig in ein Hotel upgegradet. Kurz vor unserem Ziel haben wir an einem Supermarkt gestoppt. Supermärkte hier in der brasilianischen Provinz haben ein schmuddeliges Angebot mit wenig Frischware und sehr hohen Preisen. Überhaupt wirkt die Provinz eher drittweltmäßig, wie wir das in Zentralamerika erlebt haben. Brasilien vermittelt - wenn überhaupt - nur in den Städten ein Gefühl von Schwellenland. Sonst eher Dritte Welt. Gegen 17:00 Uhr kommen wir auf dem Campingplatz an. Acht von zwanzig Mitreisenden haben sich für die Hotelversion entschieden. Und das ist gut so, denn es regnet gewaltig. Da ist Schlafen im Zelt schon grenzwertig. Wenn es morgen früh nicht regnet, werde ich mit wandern. Wenn es regnet oder nach Regen aussieht werde ich nicht wandern. Heidi will einen Ruhetag einlegen, egal wie das Wetter morgen wird. Bild 1 zeigt unser Hotelbett. Das ist jetzt im Vergleich zur Perspektive “Zelt” der pure Luxus. Bild 2 zeigt einige Perspektiven vom Nationalpark.

    Heidi:
    Ich habe da garnicht lange diskutiert, als es bekannt wurde, dass wir statt Campen in einem richtigen Zimmer schlafen können. Es war nicht billig, die Entscheidung aber goldrichtig. Wir kommen hier an und es regnet. Schade, es ist nicht grad ein superschöner Platz, hat aber einen großen Pool. Bei gutem Wetter ideal zum Baden. Amber fährt uns zu unserer Pousada und wir beziehen unsere kleine Hütte. Hier ist es trocken.
    Mir tuen alle leid, die jetzt ihr Zelt aufbauen müssen. Wir verbringen die Zeit bis zum Abendessen auf dem Campingplatz - gemütlich ist es nicht. Jeder sucht sich einen Platz zum Sitzen.
    Das Abendessen ist der Hit. James und Vinc haben an einem Nachmittag in Rio eine Kochschule besucht und ihre Kenntnisse jetzt hervorragend umgesetzt.
    Es regnet und regnet und regnet. Nachts wache ich davon auf und bin froh, hier trocken zu liegen. Unser Zelt würde jetzt garantiert unter Wasser stehen, furchtbar.
    Definitiv werde ich morgen nicht wandern. In ein paar Tagen sind wir endlich wieder an der Küste. Dort ist es dann endlich wieder wärmer. Jetzt haben wir nur um die 20 Grad und ich werde wohl morgen meine einzige lange Hose aus der Tasche holen.

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  • Day5

    Waterfalls

    June 16, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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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