Chapada Diamantina

Trip Start Aug 09, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, October 6, 2006

Happy Birthday, Dad!!!

Lenšˇis is a very pretty little town. Cobbled streets, very hilly, and definitely touristy. Lots of pousadas and "Extreme Adventure" stuff around. Just hung around for a bit, met some people at the hostel, and we went on a little morning tour. There is an area full of sandstone, with sands of many different colors. Purple, orange, etc... Its a place many artists go to collect sand for their art. Then went on a 3-day trek through the park to Capivara waterfall and river. Started with a bang, as the first maybe hour is all straight up. Saw some beautiful waterfalls and views from up high. Most famous thing here is Fumaša, a waterfall something like 350 meters that turns to mist before it actually reaches the bottom. But its all dry at the moment, like Iguašu, so I didn┤t go. First night we slept on top of a waterfall, and the second night on some rock. Just a sleeping bag. Pretty cool. Never really got cold, and the bugs weren┤t really a problem. Some very pretty waterfalls we got to play around in and jump off of ledges into water. This park had been a area of great interest in Brazil┤s history because of all the diamond mining. Also, because of the mining, the park is now full of huge slabs of rock or lots of little (human sized) rocks that look like they have just been thrown about, like stuffed animals in a corner or something. Our guides were also firefighters for the park and told some interesting stories. Apparantly, almost all fires in the park are criminal. Found that strange. I actually ended up getting sick, upon return to Lenšˇis, guessing its heat exhaustion or heat stroke (don┤t know the difference), but I was yakking everywhere. I really like Lenšˇis and hopefully will be back to explore more of the park - it is so huge. Funny that at Chapada Veadeiros, it is required that you have a guide and there is a small fee to enter but here, in a larger more dangerous park that is completely unmarked, its free and you don┤t need any guide. One more thing - the election finally came! Finally no more listening to loudspeakers on cars as they drive around, or propaganda on the tv...Oh but wait, Lula didn┤t win, so there is a runoff at the end of the month. Great...

Go Tigers!!
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