Two places not to be missed: Devil’s Well and Pai Inácio Hill

Traveling through Chapada Diamantina is to collect adventures.

Whatever your level of adventurous spirit is, you will surely be in paradise.

All about The Devil’s Well and Pai Inácio Hill

Write down there. Devil’s Well and Pai Inácio Hill are two must-see attractions for your visit of the Chapada Diamantina.

Pai Inácio Hill - Chapada Diamantina

For those who arrived here now, I am telling details of my road trip in Brazil with 5 “gringo” friends.

The previous posts you can see here: From the coast of Sampa to Rio de Janeiro; Ilha Grande and Chapada: Lençóis and Caves.

Devil’s Well

The name is really ugly, but the place is totally the opposite.

Devil Well - Chapada Diamantina
Devil’s Well

Legend has it that its name is due to a sad and ancient story that happened in the place.

At the time of the mining in the region, the slaves hid some diamonds to steal. However, they were discovered, killed and thrown into this well.

The well and natural pools are formed through the Mucugezinho river. With only 15 minutes of walking, from the Mucugezinho, you are faced with this spectacle of nature.

Devil´s Well - Chapada Diamantina
Devil’s Well

The Devil’s Well is also a paradise for those who like rappelling, ziplining and jumping from range of heights.

Devil´s Well - Chapada Diamantina
Jump from Devil’s Well

It is important to be careful, because there are no lifeguards, that is, that those who practice these extreme sports, are responsible for themselves.

As I’m not a fan of water adventures, automatically my tanning at the devil’s pit has been swimming in the natural pools and admiring the beautiful nature.

Devil's Well - Chapada Diamantina
Devil’s Well

Oh, of course, I was a photographer and “camerawoman” of my friends, “jumpers.”

Look at this water? It is dark and enchanting as much as the crystalline ones. PHENOMENAL.

Rio Mucugezinho – River

In the Mucugezinho river, there is also a beautiful well, great for swimming and of course, jumping.

Mucugezinho River - Chapada Diamantina
Mucugezinho River

It has a shallow end for children to play and additionally, place for barbeque and bar.

Where are those places and how to get there

This tour is close to Lençois and access is by BR-242 (direction Seabra). There is a large parking lot at the side of the road, belonging to a handicraft shop and restaurant.

Mucugezinho River

After stopping the car, you need to cross the restaurant and follow behind it.

Mucugezinho River - Chapada Diamantina

It is 5 minutes of trail to reach the Mucugezinho River.

We decided to go straight through the Mucugezinho and go first to the Devil’s Well.

But the order does not change anything 🙂

Devil’s Well

Departing from the Mucugezinho River, with only 15 minutes of trail following downstream and you will find the Devil’s Well.

Devil's Well Trail - Chapada Diamantina
Devil’s Well Trail

Just at the beginning of the road we crossed an improvised bridge with trunks over the Mucugezinho river.

Devil's Well Trail - Chapada Diamantina

How much cost and difficulty level of the tracks

This trail is not long, but it requires a bit of the physical. Although easy, it is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

The access is free and you do not need a guide to take this tour if you are able to ask your way through.

What to bring to the waterfalls

I always recommend taking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, cap / hat (or something to protect the head) and repellent.

After what we spent on Ilha Grande, I would advise always repellent.

Devil's Well Trail - Chapada Diamantina

Other valuable tips: Waterproof cameras. They are the salvation and you will love the photos and videos. And of course, shoes. Do not go slippery or barefoot, as there are many rocks in the tracks and the ground is too hot.

Pai Inácio Hill

This tourist point of the Chapada Diamantina National Park belongs to the municipality of Palmeiras and whoever visits it never forgets the visual seen from above the hill.

Pai Inácio Hill - Chapada Diamantina
View from Pai Inácio Hill

It is one of the most sought after and famous attractions, considered, therefore, the postcard of the Chapada Diamantina.

Location and Visitation

To get to Pai Inácio Hill, access is relatively easy and the trail is located on the BR-242.

The Pai Inácio Hill, despite having 1,120m of altitude, is easily accessable.

There is a private parking lot. It’s free to park, but everyone needs to leave by 5 pm. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the gate is closed after this time.

What if you get carried away with the view of the hill, totally forgetting the closing time?

You will have to regret sleeping on the hill of Pai Inácio. I think that would not be a bad idea, since seeing the sunrise from this hill must be something absolutely incredible.

The visitation fee is 6 reais per person and it is used for continuous improvement of the place.

The history of the name “Pai InÁCIo´s Hill”

They say that it was a love story between the slave Inácio and the farmer’s daughter. Read the complete legend in this Blog here: History of Morro’s name

Thank you Adriano for sharing this beautiful article with us. I was thrilled.

The trail to Pai Inácio Hill

It presents a bit of difficulty as it is steep, but nothing that can not be done for anyone who is accustomed to climbs. I have meet elderly people on the trail 🙂

The vegetation of the hill

This park has varied microenvironments, which shelter from grasses of a few centimeters to trees with about 39 meters in height.

The vegetation of the Pai Inácio Hill - Chapada Diamantina

The view and the sunset

I say without a doubt, that it was one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen.

The view and the sunset from Pai Inácio Hill - Cahapda Diamantina

The sunset then? There are no words to express how magical and inspiring this moment was.

The view and the sunset from Pai Inácio Hill - Cahapda Diamantina

Tip: Toast this sunset from the hill of Pai Inácio. Take a wine and let the magic flow. The Chapada Diamantina can take you to another level of spirituality.

The view and the sunset from Pai Inácio Hill - Cahapda Diamantina
The view from Pai Inácio Hill

Check our videos about this places:

Live it. Live the moment. Go to those 2 places: Devil’s Well and Pai Inácio Hill.

 

Chapada Diamantina – Travel tips

How to get to Chapada Diamantina?Hi guys. After these 2 posts about “Esterzinha no Brasil”: Roadtrip from Maresias to Rio and Ilha Grande, it’s time to talk about the spectacular place, called: The Chapada Diamantina. We separate it in 2 posts about this natural paradise.

How to get to Chapada Diamantina?

We flew to Salvador and again rented a Fiat Doblô at the airport. It costs you 1.500 reais for 7 days.

Salvador’s access to Chapada Diamantina is by BR 324. There are 4 tolls on this road costing an average of 4.50 reais each.

How to get to Chapada Diamantina?

The vegetation aside the road changes very often. There are no more beaches, but on the other hand, there is a stunningly beautiful nature.

Pay attention on the road! It has many trucks and the drivers drive like crazy.

Just to give an example, we have had a lot of problems in overtaking. Craaazyyyy

Lençóis – the enchanted city of Chapada Diamantina

Lençóis is the closest town to the Chapada Diamantina Nationalpark. It’s small but beautiful. With cobblestone streets, it becomes more enchanting.

The little town breathes sport and adventure. Everyone who visit the place is  a particularly nature and sport lover.

Small city Lençóis - Chapada Diamantina

As visitors are always making day trips, the highest moment of Lençóis is consequently the night.

The magic of the night falls on Lençóis and undeniably everyone enjoys it.

The small center is very nice. There are restaurants, various tourist agencies, craft shops and street dance.

Where to stay in Lençóis?

We stayed and recommend the Pousada Lumiar.

It is a colonial mansion, restored and listed by historical patrimony. Located very close to the city center of Lençóis.

Pousada Lumiar Chapada Diamantina

They offer different types of lodging, such as: Shared rooms, private rooms and even Chalets. In addition, there is also Camping in the same place.

Pousada Lumiar Chapada Diamantina

Ohh .. the beautiful view of a garden full of fragrant flowers to the sound of exotic birds, accompanied by a delicious breakfast (many things from their own vegetable garden).

What to see and do in Lençóis?

This enchanted small town offers a lot of good things. Like below:

Serrano Municipal Park – the beach of Lencóis

The Serrano is a municipal park that includes the natural swimming pools or cauldrons that form in the Lençóis river.

Serrano Municipal Park - the beach of Lencóis

Unfortunately in March there is no water in abundance, but even so, we were able to enjoy our private  natural swimming pool:

Serrano Municipal Park - the beach of Lencóis

Saloon of Colored Sands

It’s amazing to see this sand saloon in a place that has no sea. But in the past, the plateau was seabed. Unbelievable.

Salon of Colored Sands

Salon of Colored Sands

Cachoeirinha

As its name suggests, it is a small waterfall 🙂

The cachoeirinha in Lençóis

The cachoeirinha in Lençóis, has little volume of waterfall, however, is great to cool down after the climbs and descents of the trails covered by the Serrano.

The cachoeirinha in Lençóis

The transparent water of Cachoeirinha in the Serrano Park of Chapada da Diamantina offers delicious moments to relax.

Due to being a small waterfall with little water volume the waterfall is shallow and is ideal to enjoy the view.

Halley Well

Halley Well - lençóis Chapada Diamantina

I just did not want to get out of that well. I really love it. The color of the water enchanted me and the magic of this place naturally takes you to another level.

Gruta da Fumaça – Caves of Smoke

This cave is located in Iraquara. Considered one of the most complete caves of the region due to the geological formations.

Gruta da Fumaça - Chapada Diamantina - Grotto of Smoke

We had contact not only with stalactite / stalagmite formations but also with Arogonite Flower, considered a rarity.

Gruta da Fumaça - Chapada Diamantina -Grotto of Smoke

The highlight of this ride for me, was the moment that we put out the lanterns and we were silent for a minute.The darkness makes me reflect.

Gruta da Fumaça - Chapada Diamantina -Grotto of Smoke

For a minute I was able to travel “inside the cave”.

It is obligatory to hire a guide, since obviously they know everything and preserve the cave very well.

It is well worth this tour. You will love it.

Farm Pratinha

This farm is a great option for a walk in the Chapada Diamantina. The Pratinha farm is located in Iraquara, very close to Lencóis. The route is well signposted and GPS helps a lot.

To enter to Pratinha farm costs R$40. Giving access to Pratinha Cave, Pratinha River and Blue Cave. In addition there is restaurant, restrooms and parking.

The farm is really beautiful, but everything is paid separately.

The price R$40 per person is to enter to the farm, visit the blue cave and swimming in the Rio Pratinha.

Attractions and prices on Fazenda Pratinha

Blue Cave – It is included in the entrance fee. Between the months of April to September, between 14 and 15 h, solar rays produce a very beautiful scenery in the Cave. It turns blue indeed. Unmissable.

Fazenda Pratinha - Gruta azul - Blue Grotto

As we did not know about the time, we managed to get only a little bit of the blue.

Our visit was in March, maybe in this month the Cave is not so blue :/

Pratinha River – It is included in the entrance fee. This river is very clean, there are many fish. Take snorkel gear and enjoy a lot. Worth it 🙂

Fazenda Pratinha - Rio Pratinha

If you observe well, you will have a sweet surprise on the dirt road that leads you to the river:

Fazenda Pratinha - Rio Pratinha

They eat from the palm of the hand.

Sooo cute..Isn´t it?

Fazenda Pratinha - Rio Pratinha

Zipline on the Rio Pratinha – 20 reais

Swim in the Pratinha Cave – 40 reais – Even though it’s a salty price, the snorkel tour is worth it. You will know the interior of the cave in total darkness.

Fazenda Pratinha - Gruta Pratinha - Cave - Grotto

All my friends were, except me. I’m really afraid. Even those who are experienced have said that it is not for anyone.

The half hour includes snorkel, duck walk, life jacket and lantern. The photos are breathtaking.

For those who enjoy it, it must be an incredible experience.

Here you can see the most beautiful scenes of this natural paradise, called Chapada Diamantina:

Ilha Grande – Rio de Janeiro

Hi Guys. Welcome here. If you saw the last post  you know that I was on  a roadtrip with 5 friends.

We left in direction of Ilha Grande (which means “Big Island”)

How to go to the  Ilha Grande?

It was a beautiful day and we covered the distance between Paraty and the Ilha Grande faster than expected (and probably allowed).

We stopped in “Conceição do Jacareí” and parked our car at “estacionamento do cais” which is the last parking in front of the port.

The daily price is 20 Reais. Right at that parking lot, we already bought our boat ticket to the island.

You can choose between the slow option – 50 min. and 50 reais for a return journey, or the fast option – 15 min. and 80 reais for a return journey (per person).

We arrived at “Abraão”, which is the biggest village on the island. (It´s still very small, and that´s good!) After spending some time under the hot sun, looking for a free accommodation, we finally found the “Pousada Aconchego”.

It´s a little inn not far from the center but still in a quiet neighbourhood. Each couple paid 150 reais including breakfast.

Trail do Waterfall and Beach “Feiticeira”

Since we were good in the time and the weather also maintained good, we decided to undertake a small hike right away. The way led us in about 45 minutes to the waterfall “cachoeira da feiticeira” where we made an intermediate stop. From there we then walked in another 20 minutes to the beach with the same name “praia da feiticeira”. The waterfall and the beach where you can snorkel are highly recommended.

As always: Bring good shoes, water and in this case a snorkel with you (and for those who can´t live without it also a selfie-stick..)

From the beach, we took a taxi boat back to “Abraão” which costs you 20 reais per person. There we enjoyed the evening, ate good stuff like “Açaí”, “Tapioca” and drunk of course some “Caipirinhas” (3 for 20 reais which makes it hard to stopp..)

At one restaurant, a guide offered us a boat-trip tailored to our needs for the whole next day. It was a good deal, though a little expensive. Nevertheless we agreed to the offer, because we wanted to start the next day earlier than the normal boat trips which, as you can see later, paid off in the end. (Normal one-day boat trips costs you between 150 and 180 reais).

Suddenly the light went out and the whole island lost it´s electricity. Sounds scarry – it´s a normal day on Ilha Grande.. Since the electricity generator and therefore also the air conditioning of our accommodation did not work, we had the pleasure to spend a humid hot tropical night. You have to experience that too.

Our Privat Tour

At 08:30am our boat trip began with my five gringo-friends, me and the driver – what else do you want? We decided which places we wanted to visit and the driver drove exactely to them.

 

We first visited “Praia do Cachadaço” which is a hidden small bay at the south of the island.

After that “Praia dos Aventureiros” – known for the fallen but still coconut-bearing palm tree.

Our jouney continued to a place named “grutas”. It´s a little paradise with some houses and in the past famous to do a dive from a cave into the ocean. Nowadays the tourist boats usually don´t pass there anymore and there is no one there to show you how the dive is done..

Neverthless the cave is still open for some life-tired people. As we were in holdays and not very life-tired, we went back to the boat .

 

We drove to a place called “lagoa verde” (green lagoon). It´s a paradise to snorkel and watch the marine-life. There are many kinds of fishes and if you´re lucky you can also see a turtle.  After that we went to the “lagoa azul” (blue lagoon) which is another great place to snorkel. Unfortunately  began to rain, so we decided to ride back to Aabrão. Since we had started earlier in the morning, we were able to go back earlier without a guilty conscience.

 

Unfortunately, a jellyfish bit me and half of my leg was burned. Good we took some ice with us to cool it down.

Trail to the Abraãozinho beach

The next day we took a short, nice path to a beach called “Abraãozinho”. There is a short section where the path runs along the beach and even in the water at high tide, before flowing back into the jungle further ahead.

 

The beach “Abraãozinho” is a beauty, also not to bad for snorkeling. We saw fishes, a starfish and even a big sea-turtle! Our way back we did once more by taxi-boat which gave us a 20 reais discount.

Trail do Palmas Beach

The rain destroyed the daily plan to hike on the “pico do papagaio” – the second highest mountain of the island. The whole night a constant rain went over the island and the summit was covered with clouds in the morning. Too much risk to break a foot and don´t see anything at the top.This is the Pico do Papagaio:

 

But in Brazil you always need a plan B, and ours was to do a smaller hike to a beach called “Palmas”. It takes you one hour more or less to get there and “Palmas” is a beach with a few accomodations and restaurants. No energy at night – and not only in the event of a power failure..

 

One little hint: don´t miss the hideous view-point in the middle of the trail. It´s just a little red and dirty path on the right side who leads you a little bit higher over the trees and clears the view to see the surroundings better.

 

A lot of tourists pass there without knowing it, because there is no information at all. After the hike we were relaxing at the beach of “Palmas” until a guide offered us to bring us to the beach “Praia Lopes Mendes” – the most famous beach of “Ilha Grande” and one of the best beaches worldwide.

Lopes Mendes Beach

As the boats can´t enter to “Praia Lopes Mendes” due to the high waves and strong current, they let you out at a place called “Praia do Pouso”. There you will find two beaches that are often overlooked by all the tourists who only want to go to “Praia Lopes Mendes”, even if the bigger one is a really nice beach. In the middle of the two beaches is the path that leads you 900 meters trough forest to the famous “Praia Lopes Mendes”

 

The path is beautiful and home from a “Sagui” (Monkey) family. But be aware: If it rains before you walk this path, be prepared for a little hell.

 

The ground get slippery and there are more mosquitos waiting for you than you would believe. Good for you to have us to warn you to take some good shoes and anti-moquito-spray with you – we weren´t warned at all and specially our legs reminded us even many days after about that nice walk in the woods.. Neverthless we enjoyed the really beautiful “Praia Lopes Mendes” for some hours. After a mental preparation we went through this little hell back to the taxi boat that brought us to Abraão.

Back to the mainland

After a wonderful time in my favorite place in Rio de Janeiro we had to say goodbye. With the same agency that we came, “Agência do Cais”, we made our way back to “Conceição do Jacareí”. There our car was waiting for us.

Our next destination was unclear, because we wanted to stop somewhere before Rio at an unknown place. There are many unknown places, some good and some not.

We were lucky and stopped at a place in “Mangaratiba” by the beach “Praia Grande”. It´s a small, green and nice place not far away from Rio de Janeiro City.

There are just two accommodations (ok, let´s say one, the other one looked more like an unfinished building..). It´s a place where the most tourists are in fact fishermen which leave the beach in the afternoon. Very interesting is also the 24-hour rail freight line that separates the beach from the village. The train that goes from Rio to the big port on the “ilha Guaíba” further south is fully loaded with iron ore.

One thing that made me sad: The amount of trash on that beach. Without that, it would be a really nice and different beach I could recommend for any person. Residents claim that day tourists just leave their garbage lying around. A statement, which is probably true, because the village, as well as our accommodation were very clean. What a shame brazil..

Let´s now talk about something better, like our place where we stayed. It´s the “Pousada Telhado Azul” – a simple family-run inn with private rooms and a breakfast for 150 reais each person.

You will find it at the end of the village in a calm neighbourhood. The family is very friendly and warm-hearted – we really loved this place. For dinner it was better to go to the next bigger village “Muriqui” right next to “Praia Grande”. There we ordered six full menues for 15 reais each in a “quiosque” right at the beach. As we we were once more the only gringos, we were observed a lot and many listened to our funny language – Swiss German. Due to another hard rain, we didn´t stay for long, and made our way back to our beds.

Here you can see our Film from this wonderful island:

Road Trip Brazil – From São Paulo till Rio de Janeiro

Hello everyone, this is the first post here on my blog about «Esterzinha no Brasil 2018».

If you came here through YouTube, watched the video and now want to know details of our adventure, this is what we are talking about on following post ?

The beginning of everything

We rented a Fiat Doblô at Guarulhos airport through Localiza (we needed a big car because we were 6 people plus 6 huge backpacks).

We were very happy with the choice of the car, it was perfect). We spent 10 days with the Doblô, costing 2,500 reais, taking it in Guarulhos Airport(SP) and returning it in Santos Dumont Airport (RJ).

If you travel with a lot of people, it makes sense to rent a car, as this way you can share the cost.

First stop – MARESIAS – north coast of São Paulo

We stayed in a super nice hostel, the «Maresias Hostel». It makes part of the “Hostelling International Group” present in several countries, including Switzerland.

It was the second time I stayed there and super recommend it, clean, cozy place, friendly staff, lots of greenery, pool, separate trash to recycle, nice breakfast and a super retro bar (feels like you have to stay there all the time) . We took a room for 6 people, with 6 beds and a private bathroom for 50 Reais per person per day.

We were not lucky with the weather, it rained and the sun did not appear at all.

What to do in Maresias when the weather isn´t good?

There is something wonderful to do: HIKING. Without sun and little rain, you have a great opportunity to explore Maresias by hiking. Be well prepared to do trails on rainy days as wetland requires double attention from the tracks, and of course, good footwear is essential for your safety.

We have taken the trail to Paúbas – It is a trail with a low difficulty level, which can be done in 30 to 40 minutes. This trail leads to the beach of Paúbas, but we went further to know the region and to have a beautiful view from the top.

How do you access this trail?

In Maresias, follow the Avenida Francisco Loup until the bridge. Cross it and enter into the dirty street named Rua das Gaivotas. You will arrive at a kind of private entrance, but don´t worry. You can enter, because the trail begins exactly there. Then just follow the signs and venture out. It is well worth doing this trail because you have a privileged view of the region.

To return to Maresias, there are inter-city bus routes or do as we do, go back the same way and enjoy everything again, only now down ?

Time to leave Maresias

We were a little disappointed by the weather because we wanted sun and beach, since we were actually in Brazil. We started from Maresias towards Paraty – Rio de Janeiro. Suddenly on the road the heaven opend and the sun appeard.

We noticed a beautiful beach along the road (Peque Peque Grande Beach) and decided to stop for some fun, after all we did not want to stay in the car watching the sun shine outside.

 

What’s so special about “Peque Peque Grande” Beach?

I got to realize that it must be a beach more for locals, there were not many tourists there. The beach is beautiful, clean and surrounded by green. Just perfect.

Coming back on the road and arriving in Paraty

We arrived in the evening in Paraty, and we stayed in Pontal in a Pousada in front of the beach – «Pousada Refron du Mar». This time each couple stayed in a private room with bathroom, refrigerator, air conditioning and breakfast for 150 reais per day.

The Pousada is super cozy, with a delicious breakfast, and it has a nice and attentive stuff. The beach is 10 meters ahead of you, and the monkeys (saguis) come to visit you in the morning, because they also want to eat breakfast ?

Cachaçaria Pedra Branca

Paraty is also very famous for its cachaçarias (brewery for sugarcane brandies). We visited the brewery named “Pedra Branca”. The visitor arrives and is taken to know the whole process of cachaça, from the beginning to the bottling of it. At the end of the tour, there is a demonstration of all the cachaças and each visitor can try.

 

They have a shop with a lot of good stuff, mostly Cachaças of course, and the most diverse ones possible. However, you can buy other things like coconut / passion fruit milk, “cocadas”, ornaments, souvenirs and more.

There are companies that make tours to this cachaçaria, but if you are by car, of course you should choose to go on your own after all it is very easy to find it – just follow the signs ?

Trindade Beach

Trindade is one of those places that was made for you to slow down, you know? Quiet, even with the absurd number of tourists, you get into the magic of the place.

Restaurants are usually reasonably priced and you eat very well.

For you to see that it is not only the place, but also the people that make Trindade a better place, here´s a little story: On our way back to Paraty, we gave a ride to a woman (who has a bar in at the beach). The bus did not pass and she was all worried about her little daughter, because she had to pick her up at school. This woman was so happy with the ride that she asked us if she could pray for us in the car. Imagine how we got back to Maresias? Extremely happy.

Trail to “Praia do Sono”- Beach

Take this trail, please?? It is soooo good

Let’s go to the information:

If you are in Paraty, go to Trindade and there are signs for Praia do Sono.

It is necessary to cross a private street (the Laranjeiras). Just say that you want to do the Praia do Sono trail. Take the road always straight ahead, do not stop at other parking lots. You will arrive at a pretty little square, with a bus stop in front. THIS IS THE END OF THE CAR PATH. You need to stop at this square, leave the car in the parking lot “on the street”.

 

There is no official parking, the cars are parked on the street, but people who live there take care for 20 reais a day. It is a very simple community, but friendly. Most are old people who stay on the bank of the square talking and “work” for you. It was perfect, and on the return, everything was like we left it.

The trail

The trail to the Praia do Sono-beach is very beautiful. We found wonderful sights along the way which are huge trees or a lot of butterflies. On the way there are many rocks and descents. Go prepared, with good shoes, cause it is essential to arrive successful at the beach.

The Praia do Sono – Sleeping Beach

The beach is a spectacle with very clean water and good waves. There are some huge and beautiful stones that further decorate the place.

 

As it was on a Monday, there wasn´t anybody selling food or drink, but as we are good hikers, we took something to eat and drink with us.

 

Cachoeira do Tobogã – Waterfall Toboggan

YES, you’ll slide down a waterfall. But calm, it will be easy and exciting. There are cool guys there who help you and you pay how much you want. They are real “waterfall-surfers” and slide down on their feet… impressing… they are friendly and know the area very well.

In addition to the descent, there is also a waterfall above where you can enter, it works almost like a cave, where you stay behind the water (bring your camera, it’s cool).

Another attraction for adventurers is, to jump down a huge rock. To access it, you have to walk along the river against the current, then find a wooden bridge, where you can shoot nice pictures.

Cross the bridge and climb the big rock. As I am not very comfortable with jumping nor with water, I stayed behind the camera. The guys said, that it is not easy to climb this stone and worse still is to descend it. That means, if you climb it, YOU WILL HAVE TO JUMP heheh

 

 

 

Time to leave Paraty

Our next destination was “Ilha Grande” (you will have a specific post about this paradise, soon enough). Let’s now jump into the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro – Santa Teresa

This was the first time I stayed in this beloved, historic and bohemian neighborhood called “Santa Teresa”.  And to tell the truth: If I’d known it was so beautiful, I would have gone there earlier..

Searching the Internet I found this Pousada da Fernandinha (a place to stay in Santa Teresa). I did not have much information but I wanted to try something new in Rio.

Now you will have this detailed information about this Pousada and with it a lot of reasons to go there.

Vila Nossa – Bed and Breakfast in Santa Teresa – RJ

It is a big house in the historic part of Santa Teresa. The entrance is the same as a private house, all closed. Press the bell and enter into another world.

The Address – Ladeira Castro 165 – Santa Teresa. The owner, Fernandinha, is a sweet person, educated, speaks 5 languages ​​and received us so well that we felt at home. The breakfast is spectacularly wonderful. She personally prepares it with fresh fruits from the fair. Be sure to try her homemade yogurt.

 

 

There are few rooms available in the house, however spacious and all appointed by the neighborhoods of Rio (Copacabana, Botafogo and more), some rooms have a balcony with a spectacular view of the neighborhood and distant buildings.

 

What to do in Santa Teresa?

There is a lot to do in this neighborhood that breathes culture. Just walk through it and you´ll feel it.

Staircase Selarón

The staircase was made by the Chilean painter – Selarón, who, in love with Brazil, paid homage to the country. He started the staircase with green, yellow and blue tiles (the colors of the Brazilian flag). Later he found a shop in Rio that sold tiles from Europe to collectors.

This one is from Switzerland:

He then decided to buy some and began to build them in, and so the staircase became, little by little a true collection of tiles from all over the world. Nowadays, there are altogether 2,000 different tiles.

 

Selarón paints tiles in honor of the people who made history in Brazil, whether they are famous or anonymous.

The staircase has 215 steps.  Incredible isn´t ?

Park of the Ruins

It was a golden era in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a stage of artists and intellectuals, led by Laurinda Santos Lobo – one of the most effervescent salons of the Belle epoque in Rio. Planted on a hill, overlooking the whole city, there is the house or what´s left of it.

The view is beautiful (almost 360°) and the lounge is a great alternative to make beautiful photos.

Track to the statue of Christ

Our plan was the statue of Christ in the morning and the sugar loaf in the afternoon.

As it wasn´t our first or second time to see the “Cristo Redentor”, we decided to do something different: HIKING.

Yes, there is a path that leads you to the statue of Christ. The difficulty level is heavy. You need to be in good physical condition to climb successfully. Not forgetting the good shoes, water to hydrate and some fruit or something small to eat.

The trail

The trail starts at Parque Lage (this park is sensational, worth visiting because it is pure nature in the middle of the city of Rio de Janeiro).

It´s obligatory to register your ascent with the guard in this little house, which is the entrance of the trail.

With a duration of 2h30, the trail has many climbs which are long and steep. On the way there are 3 points of little waterfalls.

The whole trail is in the woods. There is a part where you will need to climb a rock, but they made steps of iron and a chain to facilitate the ascent. These items helped a lot to climb safely.

On the top

Arriving at the “Cristo Redentor”, we paid 13 reais to enter the monument , as it was on a Monday which is the half price day.

The view is good and even better after that hard walk.

Now there is a important information for all hikers: There is no way to buy a bus ticket for your return. So you can either go down by cable railway (which is really expensive) or walk down to the middle checkpoint where you take a taxi/uber that will bring you down to the city.

Sugar Loaf

This was the first time I was on sugar loaf at night. We were at least 3 hours up there to wait for dawn. It was a rainy day, but we decided to stay on top anyway. ​ Our plan was to see the sunset over this wonderful city from one of the most famous spots in the world.

Simon filmed as the fog passed and opened the view of the statue of Christ. Due to the bad weather there was no sunset at all, but nevertheless an unforgettable experience. Try it, it will be worth seeing this wonderful city all lit up by night.

 

If you want more information or if you´ve got doubts, leave a message in the comments and I will write you back.

Thank you for joining us in this first post about «Esterzinha no Brasil 2018»

Until the next one. Big kiss

See the video here of all these attractions that I´ve described above:

Bicycle adventure in Switzerland

Our project – crossing the Alps by bicycle

At the beginning of 2017 we had already decided to make a larger bicycle tour in the Swiss summer. This should last 3-4 weeks and take us to previously unknown areas. It was a joint project to show whether we were able to plan and carry out a bigger adventure. The ideas were enormous at the beginning of course, because it was difficult to estimate what was possible at all. We decided not only to limit our tour to cycling, but also to include elements such as hiking, getting to know different cultures and capturing the whole thing on film. So we finally came up with the idea of driving from home in southern direction to northern Italy. It should be a relaxing tour and give us the time to get to know each place better.

where we want to go?

The material preparation

Three weeks of cycling – mhhhh, what do you need for it? We want to spare you a list that shows everything we’ve taken with us. The following photo is the best way to show what and above all how much it takes to carry out such an undertaking successfully.

preparation for a bicycle tour

Since we didn’t only want to go cycling, but also hiking, camping and filming, we had to think about a lot of things. As you can see in the following section, we have even made two test tours to fix any deficiencies before the big tour.

The physical preparation

On a three- to four-week bicycle tour, which should be 500-1000km long, there is no time to get fit – you have to do this beforehand. We also wanted to prepare for the trip in an optimal way and have already made two test bike tours in the run-up to the trip. It paid off and the whole tour could build on these two test trips. One of these test tours led us to the well-known Lauterbrunnen valley. We made a video of it which you can watch here:

None of the two preparations should be missed out on such an undertaking!

 

And then the day came

It was August 3,2017, when we loaded our bikes with 20 kilograms of luggage each, breathed deeply and pedaled for the first time. The adventure has begun. It was not yet clear how far we would get on the first day and where we would stay overnight. The whole tour was only very roughly planned to deal with possible weather changes, health conditions and our well-being in one place. Already on the first day we exceeded our own expectations and drove more than a hundred kilometers. And not just straight ahead, but with a considerable difference in altitude. It was an indescribable feeling to see what your own body is capable of when you have a strong will.

To write how the journey continues, if and how we reached our goal and what we experienced on the way would go beyond the scope of that blog. To get a little insight you can have a look at the pictures of the bicycle tour in the following gallery:

 

 

Or you can follow our whole tour on YouTube. Every Wednesday a new video about our adventure appears. Here’s the link to the first video so you can be there from the beginning:

Or just check the following Playlist-link to choose any part of the whole bicycle adventure:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZhPYalrD2sXpaqe9j-WgW8Mlu6NtpZAF

All video material includes English subtitles