Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

Truck en route to Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Landscape en route to Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Python at hotel near Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Flower in Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Ubajara National Park, Brazil

David in Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Lizard, Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Arch, Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Long View, Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Another Lizard, Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Rock Paintings, Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Rock Paintings, Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil


Saturday 22nd March 2014

Ubajara National Park to Sete Cidades National Park, Brazil

We packed up our tents and had breakfast today (thick apple pancakes cooked by our leader) and at about 8:30am, we walked up the hill from the hotel to the Ubajara National Park. There had been a bit of excitement this morning as one of the hotel employees found a snake just outside the gate. It was about 1½ metres long and was some kind of python – it was a pinky-brown colour. They showed it to us and it was quite beautiful. They assured us that they would not hurt it, so we were happy about that. Once we reached the National Park, we were going to travel on a cable car down to a cave, but the cable car was not operational today so we couldn’t go on it, even though we saw it going up later…. Anyway, we went for a walk for about 30 minutes down to a viewpoint, then back and along another track about an additional 45 minutes’ walk to a waterfall. Then back to the start again, taking photos on the way. The path meandered through thick rainforest, sometimes with palms, sometimes none. We saw macaque (spelling?) monkeys high in the trees but, as we only had our point and shoot cameras, we were not able to focus on them and so have no photographs. We then had an ice cream and walked back to the hotel, where we found the truck waiting to leave. We then drove about 2 hours to Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) National Park. This national park is famous for its rock formations and ancient etchings on the rock walls. By this time, it was very hot and humid and we walked around for a couple of hours looking at all of the rocks. The rocks have been eroded over time to almost have a scaled effect. They were very impressive and it was a really interesting place to visit. We then drove to a campsite – more basic than last night – in the Ladies there were 3 shower heads in one room but no curtains/walls and no light so Lynn had a shower in total darkness. We had dinner cooked by one of the groups, a couple of beers after the hot day and a chat to other members of the group until early to bed around 10:00pm. An interesting thing to know is that almost all toilets in Brazil have a high cistern and one still has to ‘pull the chain’. Lynn went to the ladies on her way to bed, pulled the chain, and had a huge shock as a large quantity of water rushed over her feet. The pipe that connected the cistern to the toilet had come apart and the whole cistern full just came out of the pipe and over her feet like a tidal wave!



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