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The brazilian part of the Way of Saint James

In December of 2017, a friend and I walked the Brazilian part of the Way of Saint James or Camino de Santiago, in the city of Florianópolis, State of Santa Catarina. For me, it was a great joy to be able, in my own country, to walk, one more time, this path of so much symbology, religiosity and faith.

You may ask: what do you mean, Carol? Camino de Santiago has its traces only on the European continent, right? No. This is very recent information. I explain:

Because of the growing presence of Brazilians on the Way of St. James, two Brazilian pilgrims idealized the project and pleaded a route in national territory to the competent religious authority of the city of Santiago de Compostela. In June of 2017, the brazilian path was opened in Floripa, how it is also called the city of Florianópolis. : D So, whoever wants, can walk the path in brazilian territory and complement the 100 km route in Spanish territory, starting in La Coruña to Santiago de Compostela, in order to get the Compostelana (certificate of pilgrimage).

Well, taking advantage of an old invitation from a friend to visit Floripa, we decided to reunite the ideas and walk the 21 km between the beach of Canasvieiras, in the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sanctuary. During this path, what can be done in one day, we go through absolutely beautiful landscapes – amazing our eyes, hearts and minds.

Image extracted from the folder available on the internet about the Brazilian Way.

To formalize the act, it is recommended to obtain the credential of the pilgrim in the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and, when passing by other three points, to get the stamps in the churches that accompany the journey. Following: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (1st stamp) – St. Peter’s Church (2nd stamp) – Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes Church (3rd stamp) – and Sacred Heart of Jesus Sanctuary (4th stamp). That’s what we did.

All the way is signalized, but whoever wants to walk it, it is also advisable to take the folder with the information about the available path in the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, starting point of the route or to print it beforehand on internet. It is dynamic and offers in detail how each step can be experienced, with observations, like the two options of the route.

I made the Way with a small backpack where I put inside water and nuts. I didn’t use sticks or hiking boots, but it is interesting to use them, especially if the pilgrim chooses to do the Morro do Rapa trail. We made it and WOW! What a view! I recommend it, but be careful, because it is rated on the difficult level of difficulty.

Another useful info: during the trip, you can find snack bars and eat/drink açaí, beer and empanadas. In the first establishment, I ate açaí with cereals. In the second, I ate empanadas and drank a cold beer. Pilgrimage is not synonymous of suffering, right !? 😉

More information / questions can be asked here in the comments below. I’ll be happy to reply them. :)

Other websites that have talked about the subject:

El país

Página do Caminho Brasileiro no facebook

Site da Associação Catarinense dos Amigos do Caminho de Compostela

Buen Camino! Bom Caminho!

Havana: imagination and reality

What Havana and Cuba, in general, transmit to the world, everbody must be tired of knowing: Rum, propaganda of Che and Fidel, Mojito, historic buildings, old cars, musicality, Daiquiri, Malecón <3, etc…

Combinando em Havana :)

Combining in Havana :)

Degustação de rum, um dos maiores produtos de exportação de Cuba, no museu do Rum, em Havana.

Rum tasting at the Rum museum in Havana.

O tradicional Mojito do La Bodeguita Del Medio (lugar que ficou conhecido pelo seu mais famoso frequentador: Hemminway)

The traditional Mojito of La Bodeguita Del Medio (place that was known by its most famous guest: Hemminway)

Preparação de Daiquiri, no famoso La Floridita, também devido ao cliente fiel Hemminway.

Preparation of Daiquiri, in the famous La Floridita.

Curiosa imagem no nosso caminho de todo dia entre o Centro de Habana e a Habana Vieja

Curious image took in our daily path between the Center of Habana and Old Havana

What I didn’t know is that behind this Cuba, let’s say traditional, there are many other sensations and flavors to discover. I had the pleasure of trying some of them and now I share with you.

From now on, I say that our biggest source of research were the Lonely Planet travel guide (I bought the English version, as I didn’t find it in Portuguese) and updated travel blog posts on internet.

In that guide we got almost all the tips on where we should eat and drink in Havana, mainly because it isn’t uncommon we have troubles with food and beverage during our trips. If you understand what I mean… 😉

We visited the very good La Guarida and we didn’t regret. The entrance to the building where this restaurant is located is quite unusual. Think of an abandoned building with walls needing a renovation. This is the entrance of La Guarida … until you go up the stairs and access the halls where tourists, especially, have a great meal and a special view from Havana. Reservations are highly recommended.

Entrada do La Guarida

Entrance of La Guarida

View of one of the salons of La Guarida

Lonely Planet guide also gave us the tip of visiting Fusterland, an eccentric neighborhood all adorned in tiles. According to its idealizer, José Fuster, a homage to the Spanish Gaudi. :)

Fusterland is a bit far from Habana Vieja and downtown Habana. We chose to get there by car and we made sure to agree about the price we would pay for the cab with the gentle driver, who took us and still waited for us to bring back to Havana Vieja. (Cabs and bicitáxi aren’t cheap if compared to other turistic places in the world)

We had a good time there, however it could have been even better in a sunny day. That day rained cats and dogs in Havana and we had to spend more than half a hour inside a gallery waiting for Saint Peter collaborates with our tour. 😉

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As good fans of street art that we are, we didn’t miss the opportunity to make registers of some graffiti and murals around Havana. It was a great surprise to see a “modern” art mixed with those historic buildings. Amazing!

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Arte de rua em Havana

Arte de rua em Havana

Cuba, I miss you already! I hope one day to meet you again and get surprised many other times. <3

When we made to Cuba

I write this post listening to “Buena Vista Social Club” and I really recommend that you allow yourself to get to know the Cuban music. “El Cuarto de Tula” is pure synergy. Amazing! Do not be surprised if you want to start immediately wiggling your hips and / or shoulders. Cuba is musicality, bodies in movement, instruments everywhere you look.

I felt very welcomed in the land of the Castro brothers. Firstly, when I got the visa at the Cuban embassy in Brasilia. I contacted them by phone and a woman informed me that I should, in the first place, pay a fee of approximately R$ 60.00 (sixty brazilian reais) and two days later I would go to the embassy with my passport and the copies of  flight and hotel/airbnb reservation. Ready! I went to the embassy and few minutes later I was leaving with my visa in hand. Easy easy! 

Embaixada de Cuba em Brasília

Cuban embassy in Brasília

When landing in Havana (my flight was operated by Copa Airlines – Brasilia / Panama / Havana), again more tranquility. I got surprised, because the last few times I passed to the passport control in a country by myself, I had to answer many questions. However, fortunately, this didn’t happen in Cuba.

Pronta para o embarque :)

Ready to board :)

Sobrevoando a Ilha de Cuba <3

Caribbean overview <3

It called my attention how the cuban women that work in the airport were dressed. Their uniform was a short skirt with a black and funny pantyhose. When you’re in Havana’s airport, pay attention to it. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture to show you here.

No aeroporto de Havana... (além das propagandas de governo, as de bebidas rum e cerveja foram as únicas que avistei)

At the Habana airport…rum and beer advertisement

While I was waiting for my boyfriend’s flight to land, I exchanged the euros I had brought for Cuban convertible pesos (the currency used by tourists in Cuba). A Cuban convertible peso is equivalent to the US dollar. However, bringing the US currency is not a good deal, because this transaction involves an extra fee of 10%.

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Paper notes of peso conversível

For some Brazilian tourists, Cuba can be considered an expensive travel destination. It is a fact that our currency isn’t competitive compared to US dollar or euro. In this case, we need to go there remembering the sentence: “who converts does not have fun”. Haha! I can guarantee that it is a worthy investiment!

Havana airport is a bit distant from the most touristy regions of the city, which are Habana Vieja (undoubtedly the most touristy and where you should stay if the goal is really to feel the “Cuban soul”), Centro Habana (where our airbnb apartment took place, next to the Malecón, and only a few minutes walk from Habana Vieja) and Vedado (more residential area). Then we arranged a transfer service with our host, who was waiting for us at the agreed time.

Vista do Malecón a partir do nosso apartamento alugado pela plataforma airbnb

View of the Malecon from our apartment

That would be just the first day of a week in the historic Cuba. <3

 

Petra

It is impossible not to be amazed by what we see in Petra. Consequently, it was chosen as one of the Seven Wonders of the Contemporary World.

As we planned our trip through Israel, we realized checking the local tourism sites that there is a two-day tour to Jordan, through Amam and Petra. I confess that visiting Petra was not on my top-travel list. However, since we faced with that real possibility, I started to read and inform myself as much as possible about the place and, I can say: I was enchanted!

Arriving in Petra, my reaction was none other than being absolutely surprised the most of the time, not only for the stunning beauty of the place, but also for physical efforts we need to do in order to access its key points.

See the pictures below and tell me whether or not I had reason to react like that !?

Durante o caminho até o segundo

On the way to the second “key point” of Petra, there are many sellers of diverse items, like pomegranate juice and magnets.

Obrigada, Deus, por colocar diante desses olhos tanta beleza.

Thanks, God, for putting such beauty in front of my eyes! <3

Para pessoas com mobilidade reduzida ou problemas no joelho, como eu, há alternativas de transporte dento da cidade-rosa.

For people with reduced mobility or knee problems, like me, there are alternative transportation within the pink city.

Confession and impressions about Jordan

Na fronteira entre Israel e Jordânia

On the border between Israel and Jordan

I must confess that I underestimated Jordan for lack of knowledge.

This South-East Asian country caught my attention, at first place, by having in its territory one of the New Wonders of the Modern World – Petra. After two days of a bus trip through its territory, I realized that the Jordanian Haxemite Kingdom, its official name, goes far beyond that. Below are some impressions …

Diante do Tesouro, em Petra

In front of the Treasury in Petra

a) It is a country with more than 90% of muslim that live well with practitioners of other religions. Our guide, for example, was a Christian;

Aman, a capital do país

Aman, the capital of Jordan

b) Jordanians have great appreciation for the royal family (Jordan is a constitutional monarchy). The Queen Rania Al Abdullah is well known, world-wide, for her beauty and style;

c) Jordan is a country open to refugees, mostly from Syria and Palestine;

d) It is in Jordan that the largest archaeological sites related to the Roman empire outside of Rome take place;

e) It is through Jordan that the Palestinians enter in the Palestinian Territory when they travel by plane to other countries, since many of them have the entrance prohibited in Israel;

f) Jordanians can understand more Portuguese than we can imagine. In conversations we had they reported me some similarities.

Eu continuo sem entender nada de árabe... rs

I still do not understand any Arabic … rs

Why I traveled to Palestine

When we started to plan the trip to Israel, I had a certainty: I wanted to visit the place of Jesus’ birth. As we know, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Until then, what I had not realized is that Bethlehem is part of Palestine, and therefore, is separated from Jerusalem by the fateful wall of separation.

My boyfriend, who is much more knowledgeable about Middle Eastern issues, than the person who writes this blog, was aware that this same wall is filled with street art, more precisely, with graffiti, and that, in those days when we would be in Bethlehem, the hotel that is attributed to Banksy would open its doors for visitation.

So we decided to put it all together and hire a local guide to accompany us for part of that day. We agreed that we would meet at CheckPoint 300, on the Palestine side. Here is another addendum: CheckPoint 300 is how one of the numerous Israeli checkpoints is known to restrict and control the passage between the autonomous Palestinian areas and Israel.

From Jerusalem, we took the bus number 24, in front of the Damascus Gate, towards Bethlehem. Suddenly we were able to observe the majority of Muslims occupying the seats. Natural.

Bilhetes de ônibus que pegamos em Jerusalém rumo a Belém

Bus tickets from Jerusalem to Bethlehem

The journey followed a mixture of anxiety and tension. Anxiety about what we were about to see and tension, by the uncertainty of the passage at the checkpoint.

It was about 30 minutes from Damascus Gate to checkpoint 300. We got off the bus and we just got into the checkpoint. We were not stopped at any time by the Israeli police officers who were in the place. We followed the flow of the Palestinians, who had access to the Israeli side of the “border”.

Finally on the Palestinian side, the view is of the wall and several taxi and anxious taxi drivers that wait for for the tourists who venture in search of the Banksy’s graffiti around Bethlehem. Some of them already approach you offering the service.

After the meeting with our guide, we began to explore: we appreciated the graffiti around the wall, visited a refugee camp, ate a pita with the locals, had a local beer, and finally visited the Banksy’s hotel, before heading to the Church Of the Nativity.

One question that many have asked me was about security in the West Bank (that area of ​​the wall). My response was that I did not feel insecure at any point with the Palestinians. To be honest, the only moment when I felt scared was when I approached the wall, precisely, next to the gate in the watch tower, and I heard a noise as if it would open. The fear, in fact, was about who was watching me from the towers, not who I was seeing on the ground.

Entrada do campo de refugiados, com a presença da ONU no local. (A chave faz referência às chaves das casas que os palestinos levaram consigo quando forçados a deixar o local onde moravam em razão da pressão israelense).

Entrance of the refugee camp, with the presence of the UN in the place. (The key refers to the keys of the houses that the Palestinians took with them when forced to leave where they lived because of Israeli pressure.)

Grafite e ursinho no campo de refugiados que margeia o muro.

Graffiti and teddy bear in the refugee camp by the wall.

Entrada do hotel

Entrance of Banksy’s hotel

Visão de dentro para fora do hotel de Banksy. Dizem o hotel com a

Inside out view of the Banksy Hotel. They say the hotel has the “worst view in the world”.

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Fragmento do museu que há dentro do hotel

Fragment of the museum inside the hotel

Um dos grafites de Banksy espalhados por Belém

One of Banksy’s graffiti in Bethlehem

Cerveja Palestina

Palestine’s beer

Imagem exterior da Igreja da Natividade que passa por reforma.

Exterior image of the Church of the Nativity undergoing renovation and the detail of the very small door through which people enter the church. (The police cars were due to the presence of a president of a country, which I do not remember which, on the spot).

Mãe e filho <3

Mum and son <3

Emoção

Emotion

A luz do Cristo menino que nasceu para mudar o mundo.

The light of the Christ.

The result of my experience in Palestine was absolutely surreal. It was not easy to see and hear the demonstrations by the Palestinians about the impossibility of come and go, the difficulties to develop tourism in the area and the indignation due to the development of israeli settlements in Palestinian areas situated on the border of the separation wall.  The breath was the sympathy of the people (I even got a magnet in a store from a palestinian), the almost non-existent rates of urban violence and the hope  better days.

I would like one day to return to this place. <3

What to do in Jerusalem

It was not easy to decide how we would spend our time in Jerusalem. We wanted to make the most of it. We planned, researched and this was the result of what we managed to do in 4 full days in this incredible holy city, which also served as a base for other tours to Jordan (Aman, Jerash and Petra), Bethlehem and Masada / Ein Gedi / Dead Sea. <3

Experiência israelense

Israeli experience

1st day:

The arrival in Jerusalem was quiet, after the initial feeling of discomfort at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. I say this, because I was approached by security agents as soon as I left the plane, and still in control of passport, for another so many minutes. My impression is this over-control was due to the fact that I arrived in Israel by myself. Do what!? Young women traveling alone are still seen in a “different” way in countries not as “closed” as Israel, so we can imagine …

Leaving the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, just to the right, I picked up a Sherut, which is like a small bus that you indicate where you want to stop. In my case, I signalized that I would go to Jerusalem and stay at The Post Hostel. And so it happened.

Sherut

Sherut

The first impact when arriving in Jerusalem was to see the sun reflect on those predominantly beige buildings, especially on the walled part of the city. Beautiful!

After I stayed at the hostel, I did not even feel like exploring the city. It was cold. Yes, Jerusalem in March, to my Northeastern brazilian standards, is a cold city.

So, I decided to go into the Middle Eastern cuisine and ate a shakshuka, in the hostel itself, which was delicious.

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

2nd day:

In Jerusalem, at some moment, there  will be necessity to contract a guide service. So I took advantage of the Free Walking Tour that left the Jaffa Gate, one of the best known in the city, to get an overview of the place.

Vista da cidade muralhada nas proximidades do Portão Jaffa

View of the city near the Jaffa Gate

It was a 2 hour tour, where we had the opportunity to pass through the Armenian, Jewish, Muslim and Christian districts. They are connected to each other. The differentiation among them will be noticed due to the constructions and the profile of people that you see walking the streets. Amazing!

Orthodox Jews on the Streets of Jerusalem

Orthodox Jews on the Streets of Jerusalem

In that same day, I took advantage of the fact that everyone was preparing for the Shabbat, a period of time guarded by the Jews, which basically begins at the sunset of Friday and finishs as far as the first 3 stars appear in the sky, around 7 pm, and hired a “Shabbat experience” to get to know more about Jewish culture. Absolutely interesting experience.

Em frente à placa do Muro das Lamentações

In front of the Western Wall sign

3rd day:

After a day and a half in Jerusalem, I began to adapt a bit more to the rhythm of the city. I do not know how to explain. Maybe that’s exactly what I heard from an expatriate in Jerusalem. She said there is so much “energy” together, referring to the religiosity of the people, that, eventually, certain things may not work normally, like the TRAM that stops because someone had a “crisis” inside some of the wagons. This I witnessed!

On the third day, I made the Via Dolorosa.

É no Lions' Gate que se inicia a Via Dolorosa

At Lions’ Gate begins the Via Dolorosa

On the evening, we went to meet the “Old train station”, set of bars and restaurants a little away from the walled city.

4th day:

We discovered “a must see view” of Jerusalem at the Austria Hostel, which is near one of the stations of Via Dolorosa. In order to have access to it, a value must be paid.

Vista a partir do Austria Hostel

View of Jerusalem from the Austria Hostel

Following, we went out to explore a little more the Holy City through a guided service. We visited again the Wailing Wall, the Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, the gates of Jerusalem, the Holy Supper room, etc …

Dentro da Igreja do Santo Sepulcro (emoção)

Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (speechless)

5th day:

Due to a change in schedule, we spent a little more time in Jerusalem, where we had to visit the Holocaust Museum called Yad Vashem. We spent a good few hours, circling through so many sad memories of stories and lives that have been changed forever by the unscrupulous power project of a few. The entrance to the museum is free and it is easily accessed by the TRAM that circulates around Jerusalem.

A única foto que consegui tirar no Museu do Holocausto (ainda fora)

The only photo I could get at the Holocaust Museum (still outside)

As hard as we tried, we could not see everything we wanted in this amazing city. Already aware of this, we did not get frustrated and took advantage of it as much as we could. If anyone asks me, yes, I would like to go back. Jerusalem is the place to be no matter the weather, the age or the reason. <3

Jerusalem’s imagery

An initial contemplation, through images, of the most intense city I have ever had the pleasure of affixing my feet.

Jerusalem, it was impossible not to surrender to you. <3

Jerusalém: impossível não se render à sua grandiosidade

‘Jerusalém: the center of the world”

Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock

Muro das Lamentações

Muro das Lamentações

No bairro ArmênioArmenian district

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa

Seguindo os passos de Jesus

Following the path of Jesus

Venda de camisetas no bairro muçulmano

T-shirts store in the muslim district

Na  entrada do Museu do Holocausto

Entrance of Holocaust museum

Three days and two nights in the middle of the Amazon Forest

A great satisfaction in my life has been the reconnection with nature and the discovery of its curative power and energy exchange. It was, therefore, that on a trip to the Amazon, I did not hesitate and I allowed myself to spend a few days totally immersed in the forest, in contact with riverside communities, giant trees, wild species and lots of fresh water on all sides.

After some research, I discovered that I could do this at a reasonable cost, while still having a certain comfort in transportation and housing, besides, I would have the security that someone experienced would lead me to the most incredible experiences. I hired Iguana Turismo, through a partnership with Local Hostel, the hostel I stayed in when I was in the city of Manaus.

In total, it was three days and two nights totally immersed in the Amazon Rainforest, more precisely in the Juma River, without any access to the signal of celphone or Internet. I wanted to have spent more time, but these days were enough to give me a taste of the Amazonian experience and, yes, want to come back other times.

1st day:

* The saga to reach the Juma River

The sequence was exactly this: van to the port of Ceasa – boat to cross the Black River – kombi again – boat to our jungle hotel. In total, it was about 3 hours of much excitement and adventure.

Place where we made the meals and where our boat went for the tours.

Place where we made the meals and where our boat went for the tours.

 Detail of the collective dormitory with mosquito protection ;)

Detail of the collective dormitory with mosquito protection ;)

Individual bungalows

Individual bungalows

* Fishing ‘piranhas’

After we arrived at the jungle hotel, we settled in, had lunch and in the middle of the afternoon we went out for fishing piranhas. And, yes, I fished one to tell history, and this is not fisherman’s one. :)

* Alligator Experience

That was the part where I felt a certain fear. Our guide focuses with the lantern in the eyes of the alligator, which loses for a few seconds the ability to see. It is at this moment that the animal is captured with all care and without any risk, either to him or to the human. I tried to hold the alligator with my own hands, but fearing any movement of it, I preferred to leave it to the care of the experienced guides. At least I touched the alligator before it was put back into the river.

The prove

2nd day:

* Contemplating the sunrise

There is not much to say … only feel through these images the beauty of the moment. It was worth it waking up at 5:20 in the morning. <3

 On the way to the boat stop in the middle of Juma

On the way to the boat stop in the middle of Juma

* Jungle trekking

After the sunrise, we returned to the hotel, had breakfast, and then went out for a walk in the jungle. We saw a bit of everything: from ants that can be used as natural repellents, a bracelet made with leaves from local trees, to various animals, especially birds. We were still amazed with rain above our heads, which made us run to the boat in order to return to the hotel.

Flower of the chestnut we found in the middle of the way

Flower of the chestnut we found in the middle of the way

Our guide Chitão making my bracelet. :)

Our guide Chitão making my bracelet. :)

Trees that give us so much life.

Trees that give us so much life.

 * River Bath

How could it not be, I jumped into the waters of the Juma River. Okay, I came in with my peculiar caution in itself dealing with water and depth, but I could not let the chance pass. I was also on the lookout for a pair of pink dolphins, who appeared there from time to time, frightened me. But they did not show up any more.

Um brinde! :p

Cheers! :p

* Sleeping in the jungle

It was late afternoon and we began to prepare to spend the night camped in the middle of the forest. Our guide, very familiar to this experience, had everything prepared: our hammoks with their respective proctection against moquitoes; a chicken, that would be cooked with the aid of the stakes collected in the own forest; some beers to the conversations by the fire; the coffee for breakfast the next day, as well as the crackers of salt and water.

To get to our camp (read: the straw structure that would cover our heads), we took a boat and sailed for approximately 1 hour. Arriving on the site, we helped to “set up” our hammocks and prepare the dinner. After eating and drinking, sleeping time had come and along with it the expectation of sleeping with the sound of the mosquitoes and the leaves surrounding us. I must confess I was a bit afraid of leaving the hammock at night and face a wild animal. Who knew!?

When the day dawned, it was incredible to feel the sense of peace, tranquility, and serenity that filled us.

View from our camp

View from our camp

Hammock with mosquitoes protection

Hammock with mosquitoes protection

Our guide in action

Our guide in action

The dinner :p

The dinner :p

Breakfast

Breakfast

Coffee time

Coffee time

3rd day:

* Visit to the caboclo’s house

After breakfast, we organize to leave the camp and visit the home of a local caboclo.

Chitão and I, our great guide!

Chitão and I, our great guide!

In fact, the figure that surprised me the most was a cabocla, named Nazaré, in her forties and 14 children (!).

We listened and told stories. It was incredibly fantastic to try to understand how those people live isolated from everything and everyone, without any technology, other than the small radio signal that arrives there. I bought a pair of earrings and an açaí seed bracelet made by Nazaré’s family and it was just that, besides the memories, that I photographed from the place.

* Bye time

After three days living with people from various countries and in a place totally different from my natural habitat, it is natural that the intensity of the moment generates a bigger “saudade”. That was how I felt.

<3

<3

Reasons to go to Brazilian Amazon

We are tired of commenting that we, brazilians, don’t know the Amazon rainforest. I decided some time ago to leave this statistic that I was not proud of. After all, I was born so close, however I had never been there before.

No! It doesn’t take great planning or financial investment to travel to the forest, although there are many options for all tastes and profiles of travelers. I would say that a handful of goodwill and luck in finding a flight promotion are already more than enough to reach the northern region of Brazil. And that’s what happened to me.

In January of this year (just when that prison problem occurred on the spot, remember?), I spent six days, divided between Manaus and a jungle hotel in the middle of the Forest, more precisely on the banks of the Juma River. And, yes, I went by myself!

I lived one of the most incredible experiences of my life there and here are some of the reasons why I strongly recommend including Manaus and region in the upcoming travel itineraries:

1) The arrival in the Amazonian capital is one of the most incredible that my eyes have ever seen.

Reparem no mundaréu de água doce

2) Manaus is quite rich in culture and history. This city, for example, was the first capital to have electricity in Brazil. Walking through its streets and squares, it is easy to see the colorful historic buildings embellishing the place.

Vista do Largo de São Sebastião. a partir do Teatro Amazonas.

View of Largo de São Sebastião, from Amazonas Opera House

3) Manaus is full of urban art, especially graffiti. You can easily find murals with reference to the indigenous culture.

4) It is worth it to try the local cuisine. I really liked the “x-caboquinho”, a sandwich stuffed with cheese and tucumã, a fruit of the region very rich in vitamins A, B and C. They say it has 90 times more vitamin A than avocado. 😮

Salivei! :p

:p

5) You have the possibility to connect with your origins, for example, visiting Indian reservations.

Visitando uma reserva indígena próximo a Manaus

Visiting an indigenous reservation next to Manaus

6) It is possible to have unforgetable jungle experiences in a safe and organized way (I will write more about a next post), and without paying much for it.

Contemplando o nascer de um novo dia no meio da Floresta Amazônica

Contemplating the sunrise in the middle of the Amazon Forest (me: hat and yellow t-shirt)

7) There are several surprises along the way. The Amazon is superlative.

Encontro casual ;)

Casual meeting ;)

8) In the region, cultural exchange is intense.

Na foto, temos: brasileiros, uruguaio, iraniano, chinesa e guianense

Here we have: Brazilians, Uruguayan, Iranian, Chinese and Guyanese