I think one of the best parts to studying abroad is that you can do spontaneous adventures in a foreign land with a lot more free time and an eager heart to explore. For a while, I’ve been wanting to go to Serra de Cipó, which has waterfalls and such. Fortunately, I got to go with three other exchange students and a brasileiro, who, i almost convinced i was a brasileira, but i guess i just have to accept that i’ll never pass as a brasileira verdadeira given that i’m americana and all.
Getting to the Serra is quite simple. We just had to head over to the Rodaviária (Bus Station) and ask for tickets the next bus out to Serra de Cipó. Luckily, Guilherme our guia brasileiro had already gone a few times so he knew what to do. Two and a half hours later we arrived sem problema!
Here is a picture of the main entrance to the main attractions of the park: cachoeiras (waterfalls). It was just a mere fifteen reais to see nature’s preserved beauty.
We started out at the main cachoeira, or farthest one into the parque, which wasn’t that far, so you can get by without tennies. (I was the only one wearing them, which is classic because i rock at being dorky).
Exhibit A without tennies hehe:
The brief treacherous journey was well worth it! Here are some waterfalls!!!!
After enjoying a nice piquenique-more fun in portuguese, né???-and swimming and climbing this beaut of a waterfall (without a scratch I might add, but did re-stub my almost broken toe from that blog post way back when #MinhaVida), we headed to this fun ‘lil flat river.
For whatever reason, after I swim, I always want to eat, even if i did just eat. So, naturally, we all rested and ate again while at this river. But then, it was time to check out the third beleza of this parque because our returning bus was scheduled to leave at 5pm.
Isn’t it cute? It’s really fun and also scary to swim near the waterfall because the corrente (current) will just push you away, but, of course, well worth it.
Yeah, didn’t take any pictures of me by the waterfalls, which i feel like is a typical study abroad thing to do, but then i think about it, and i think, why see me by the waterfall? The waterfall is so pretty by itself.
Anyway, i hope you enjoyed hearing about this aventurinha. We almost had to wait an extra two and a half hours for the bus on the way back, but we made it just in time, graças a Deus.
I’m just very grateful to be here studying abroad because i can do random excursions assim with whomever and we all share the most unique experiences and discover different parts of Brasil. Brasil truly is filled with numerous natural beauties. Hopefully, next semester i’ll be able to go all escoteira (granola-like) at this park de novo, because there’s so much to see. Did i mention the park has tirolesa (ziplining)?