Brazil, land of dreams, endless beaches and incredible nature
Brazil is an amazing country when you love nature, as we do. On different trips to this huge country, we saw several waterfalls, though not yet the most famous Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina. Instead, we saw cataratas
in the Chapada Diamantina (Bahia State), in the Chapada dos Guimarães (Mato Grosso State), in Pirenópolis (Goiás State), in the interior of São Paulo State and near Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais State).
The Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina is one of the highlights of the State of Bahia and can compete with its beautiful beaches. We hired a small car, called Chapadinha
and headed for the interior of Bahia. We drove around the Chapada, a giant 'bread' with steep cliffs all around. We visited the small villages of Palmeiras, Mucugê, the Poço Encantado
(the enchanted well), a grotto with beautiful blue water, and finally the typical town of Lençois.
Brotas in the interior of São Paulo State, is the 'capital of extreme sports'. Nothing for us... We passed here twice (2004 & 2010), the second time on our way to the Pantanal wetlands. There is a beautiful waterfall in the Parque dos Saltos on the Rio Jacaré-pepira.
Another town in the interior of São Paulo State, on our way to the Pantanal. In an old open mine site, a recreation park has been organized, including a waterfall...
Barra do Garças
After the Chapada dos Guimarães
, we continued our tour to Barra do Garças (Mato Grosso State) and the federal capital Brasilia. On the mountain facing the town of Barra, we found a few waterfalls and rapids.
After Brasilia (and a visit to our family there), we flew to Belo Horizonte, where we rented a car, Mineirinha
, to make a tour around the Historic cities of Minas Gerais, the old mining region of Brazil.
We found only one big waterfall here, on the train ride from Ouro Preto to Mariana.
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