The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

En Route To The Falls

Our Transportation

Crossing The Mucugezinho River

Olga On The Zip Line

Olga, Corrine, And Me

Devil's Pool With Olga, Jeff, And Corrine

Devil's Pool Waterfall

Pai Inacio Hill (1200 meters)

Yuri Points Out A Landmark

View From Pai Inacio Hill

Corrine And Olga From Holland

Corrine And Me

Lapa Doce Cave

Learning About The Caves

Jeff Inspects Some Stalactites

Amazing Stalactite

Olga, Corrine, And Jeff Exploring The Cave

Afternoon Coffee

Dinner With The Dutch

My New Pousada Friend

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007. RECIFE, BRAZIL. Today we embarked on an all day tour (waterfall, plateau, and caves; 50 Reals) organized by Olivia, a British expat, and owner of our accommodation, Pousada dos Duendes (Double 70 Reals). Our guide was a young Brazilian named Yuri. Also on the tour were Olga and Corrine from Amsterdam, Lily from Argentina, two Brits, and one Italian. Our first stop was Poco do Diabo (Devil's Well), a swimming hole with a 25 meter waterfall. Olga, Corrine, and Jeff elected to do the "zip line", sliding down from the top of the waterfall into the swimming hole below. From Poco do Diabo, we drove a short distance and hiked up Mooro do Pai Inacio, a small plateau which provided us with a fabulous unobstructed 360 degree view of Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina. Our final stop was Gruta da Lapa Doce, a cave with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. We spent over two hours exploring the enormous cave and its many arteries with only the gas powered lanterns of our two guides. Except for a few places where we had to crawl on our hands and knees, we could walk upright for most of the tour. Perhaps the most amazing feature was a stalactite in the shape of a globular sea urchin.

Upon our return to Lencois, the Dutch girls, Jeff, and I enjoyed coffee and, later, dinner.

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