Tobaga Cachoeira

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This morning we took a bus to Prenha to see the thrill ride-like water slide waterfall in Prenha, Tobaga cahoeira (cachoeira being the Brazilian Portuguese word for waterfall.) You arrive in the middle of more high green mountain jungle, then see the sign pointing toward Tobaga and warning visitors not to surf down it. After descending some rustic wooden steps into the forest, you come to a view through the trees of a vast stretch of glossy rock with water running over the whole surface... There are more steps climbing up to the left through the forest. Dubiously we climbed and tip toed in the water, watching locals ride down the natural waterslide on their bellies or disobeying the signs and literally surfing down. Many edged across the slippy top and decided to not try, but we took the plunge and it really felt like the real deal version of aqua parks fake plastic waterslides. Instead of landing in a swimming pool and climbing the ladder back up however, you land in a natural clear fresh water pool full of fish, climb across rocks to escape and race back through the jungle for your next turn. Beside the natural fun thrill you get the sound of birds, views of jungle, humminbirds and butterflies. After several rides down Tobaga we walked across a drawbridge that looked slightlz ominous, 'trekked' barefooot through jungle to find a secluded rock in the river that caught the sun to eat our sandwiches. We caught a minibus back to central Parati, where we stopped quickly in a health and vegetarian shop which sold natural products like guarana, nuts, dried fruits, herbs, medicines from the Amazon, Anna bought dried mango and crystalized pineapple, if you want me to bring you back some of this sort of thing, speak now!

Arriving back at the hostel we immediately got into the pool and did some lengths, before showering and sunbathing wet looking out toward the mountains that are also bathed in light. I can see why this hostel is called the Blue Jungle Hostel, those mountains in the sun are a beautiful blue.
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beth gear on

It all looks so wonderful

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