Cachoeira trip (Carnaval 2005)

First Day: Madre Deus is a city on a island surrounded by gas tanks and tubes and signs alerting that WE are dangerous for THEM :-(

About half hour before getting there the police stopped us because we had no break light. I told the man I agreed that this was important and was happy to pay the ticket and asked him where the best point was to see sundown. He explained the way to this place which was almost worth the ticket :-)

Emanuel Schmid mounted the following panorama (tanke!):

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Santo Estevão is a nice vilage close to it and we had dinner under the trees and discovered as many other times on this trip that the visual beauty of the place is only fascination for the first few minutes and then the ambient sound really makes the mood and in most places its horrible "I canot live without you" kind of popular music, loud and bad and all programmed sounds...
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So we moved on to São Francisco do Conde, where they have real Carnaval and original mask style. We found a pousada with pool at the beach for only R$ 50
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Second Day: Santo Amaro is famous for the Veloso family and other musicians. But what chatches the eye first is the huge bambu fields all arround it. For paper producion. The city is nice but nothing was happening so we went on.
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050206_163604.jpgsugar cane
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050206_165736.jpglandless movement

On the way we discovered Villa Rial, the fazenda that delivers the best milk in Salvador and has an amazing infrastructure for Relaxation Holidays

At sundown we found the main destination, the waterfall of Murutuba, where we returned the next day...
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From there its close to Cachoeira (the city name means water fall, but there is none) where we had good dinner on the river and found a pousada for only R$15 with view over the river!
050207_115710.jpga cheap pousada
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050207_115714.jpgwith great view! :
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050207_123953.jpgOrixás (african saints)
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A speciality of the whole region is liquor, made with cachaša (suger cane alcool) and all kinds of fruits. Here we found the old specialist Rocky Pinto and bought 10 bottles from him, very cheap, and he made a perfect package...
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050207_134103.jpgex train station
a main atraction of Cachoeira is its only bridge. We did not know about it so we had a major adventure when we crossed it the first night. Its made for train and filled with heavy wood logs that used to be fixed with metal stripes that broke. So the wood is loose, sometimes lacking and balances, making a big noise. The metal parts jump up when a car drives over the logs, so they add trebble to the sound - listen to a sound file made with my camera (not brilliant). the next day we also discovered that trucks cannot cross on the pretty long bridge, so they have to wait. the light that helped in the past is badly broken...

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050207_134507.jpgSão Felix
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Third Day: after another night in that pousada, rain took over. we went back to the place we had found people treat mandioca, the root that has been feeding the indians forever and still is the main energy source for the poor. It needs special treatement as nature only offers it with a deadly poison (probably hoping that we give up eating it :-). The result is farinha which is used to thicken the beans and for farofa, which most of the europeans find extremely tastefull. Peope were very nice and we bought 7kg of still warm farinha.

050207_163220.jpgMandioca
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050207_163557.jpggraining
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050208_134758.jpgthe back of our car...
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