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DAY 9 (2 OF 2) – STONE CITY, CHAPADA DOS GUIMARAES, BRAZIL

After the half-day hike, we drove for about half an hour to the lookout with interesting formation of stone. This place is called Cidade De Pedra, the Stone City.  Stone City has just been reopened recently after months of closure due to safety issues.  It started to rain heavily as we approached our destination.  At the gate of the lookout, we met two Australian couples who were driving their custom constructed 4x4s on a round-the-world road trip.  They were waiting at the gate, as they didn’t have a guide to let them in.  Cecilia was kind enough to take them with us.  At the lookout, we waited a bit in the car hoping that the thunderstorm would be over soon.  After a 15-minute wait, we decided to put on our rain gears and ventured out to the lookout in the rain.  Cecilia led us to various lookouts along the cliff.  The view of the red stone cliffs rising above the lush green valley was breathtaking. The rain finally stopped when we reached the last lookout.  Cecilia pointed to a distant cliff and showed us the macaw nests.  Soon after, we saw a pair of red macaws glided over the valley under the afternoon sun.  It was a magical moment. On our way out of the lookout, we drove by a baby owl standing by the road.  We stopped the car to take a few photos through the window.  The baby owl was freaked out and screamed as loud as it could, while its parents stayed cool on a distant tree staring at us.DSC_5681
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Read other posts on Pantanal, Brazil
Day 9.1 – Trail of Waterfalls, Chapada dos Guimaraes
Day 9.2 – Stone City, Chapada dos Guimaraes
Day 10.1 – Pantanal
Day 10.2 – Transpantaneria Highway, Pantanal
Day 10.3 – Pousada Rio Claro, Pantanal
Day 10.4 – Rio Claro Boat Tour, Pantanal
Day 11.1 – Morning Safari and Forest Walk, Pantanal
Day 11.2 – Rio Claro, Pantanal
Day 12.1 – Morning Walk, Pantanal
Day 12.2 – Pouso Alegre Lodge, Pantanal
Day 12.3 – Afternoon Walk and Evening Safari, Pananal
Day 12.4 – Night of Caimans
Day 13.1 – Farewell Pantanal, Brazil

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought


DAY 9 (1 OF 2) – TRAIL OF WATERFALLS, CHAPADA DOS GUIMARAES, BRAZIL

Before our 4-day tour to Pantanal, we had a day to visit the Chapada dos G National Park.  Located an hour drive north of Cuiaba, the bus ride took us about an hour to the town centre of Chapada.  We met our guide Cecilia at the office of Eco Turismo Cultural, the local travel agency that we booked our tour.  We entered the park after a short drive on her 4×4.  We started the day with the Trail of Waterfalls, a 4-hour loop passing 7 falls and a natural cave.  As we hiked, Cecilia picked up some fossils of small seashells on the path and explained to us that Chapada dos Guimaraes was once an inland ocean isolated from both the Atlantic and Pacific.  The cliffs and valley that we could see now was covered by shallow water.  She also told us that Chapada is located at the geographic centre of South America.  It’s about the same distance here to both the Atlantic and Pacific.  Rivers north of Chapada flow north and enter the Amazon; and the ones south of Chapada go south towards the Iguazu River.   The hike was pleasant at times, but we were both overwhelmed by the heat as we hiked up and down the trail to the various waterfalls.  We took off our hiking boots and rested our feet in the water at one of the falls.  The water was cool and clear.  Near the end of the hike, we chilled out at Casa de Petra (House of Stone), a natural grotto carved out by a river. Casa de Petra has been a rest stop for travelers since ancient times.

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Previous Destination: Iguazu Falls, starting from post Day 6.1

Read other posts on Pantanal, Brazil
Day 9.1 – Trail of Waterfalls, Chapada dos Guimaraes
Day 9.2 – Stone City, Chapada dos Guimaraes
Day 10.1 – Pantanal
Day 10.2 – Transpantaneria Highway, Pantanal
Day 10.3 – Pousada Rio Claro, Pantanal
Day 10.4 – Rio Claro Boat Tour, Pantanal
Day 11.1 – Morning Safari and Forest Walk, Pantanal
Day 11.2 – Rio Claro, Pantanal
Day 12.1 – Morning Walk, Pantanal
Day 12.2 – Pouso Alegre Lodge, Pantanal
Day 12.3 – Afternoon Walk and Evening Safari, Pananal
Day 12.4 – Night of Caimans
Day 13.1 – Farewell Pantanal, Brazil

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought