To be honest, the picture you see above is from our 3 visit to the Aparados da Serra National Park, which is where the Itaimbezinho canyon is located. The first time we entered the national park was on a Sunday, as we got closer there were a line of cars just to get into the parking lot near the canyon, and people were also parking on the side of the gravel road. We decided, not to visit the canyon this day, because of all the people and drove down the mountain to the nearby town Praia Grande (about 20 km). Monday it was closed, and then on Tuesday morning we went up there again. BUT the canyon had disappeared in the clouds.
We spend most of the day up there hoping that the weather could clear, but instead it started to rain
We decided to wait out the cloudy weather in Praia Grande, hanging out with our friends Taisa and Ernesto at the mechanic in town. More about the mechanic story late, because the weather cleared up.
This is the same viewpoint on the cloudy and the clear day – What a deferens!
The canyon was just amazing – these pictures are from the Elbow Trail (6 km)
The Itaimbezinho Canyon is the most famous of the Aparados da Serra National Park and also one of the largest in Brazil. It is 5,800 meters long and 720 meters high. The area is covered by low vegetation and native pines. The rock formations are at least 130 million years old.
The native pine trees “Araucaria angustifolia”
The araucária trees are also called the Paraná pine, Brazilian pine or candelabra tree and it is a critically endangered. The seeds, similar to large pine nuts, are edible, and are extensively harvested in southern Brazil (Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul states), a habit particularly important for the region’s small population of Native Americans. The seeds are called pinhão.
As we walked the shorter Vertex trail the sun was getting lower on the horizon
Getting a photo of the amazing waterfalls in the canyon
The clouds grew bigger every second raising from the canyon floor
As the sun was setting it looked like the horizon was on fire
We don’t think, that we have ever before seen anything this spectacular before – at least this is our #1 SUNSET
We also explored the canyon from the bottom. We went to the local gym in Praia Grande and met, Alan, who had moved to Praia Grande 1 year ago after living by the coast. He has his own hostel in town, but since it is low season, he didn’t have any guests, so he invited us to join him on a hike in the Malacara canyon.
Welcome to the jungle…!
The short hike ends at the Malacare pool
We started early (left Praia Grande at 8:15 am), so we had the trail to ourselves, when we were almost back we met groups of up to 20 people going on the trail – so go early.
Thank God. No snakes today – my snake statistic here in Brazil is already one per week!
Oh, I forgot everything about the mechanic story! So when Tasia and Ernesto arrived to Praia Grande, they have had a small accident with their car. They had flipped the car into its side in a ditch, and when getting out, unfortuntely one of the shocks had been overloaded. When they reached Praia Grande the shock spring (coil) snapped, and was no in two pieces. We still had to get our breaks fixed, so we went to the mechanic in town.
You go to the only mechanic in town, and we never really know if they can help you. You know that they will do what ever they can to help you, but you don’t know if they have the skills or the right tools, BUT this place had. They could fix everything, including making metal parts from scratch. They looked at our break discs with Esben on the side, and took of a few millimeters of the disc. Now the disc would have a little more space to exspand without getting in contact with the break caliber.
Ernesto and Tasia were not that lucky, the spring were broken and would have to be replaced with a new one. The ones they have were not imported into Brazil, but the company in the USA would ship the right model to their importer in Brazil. Ernesto and Tasia would have to go to the importer, to get the new shocks. So after Praia Grande we went our seperate ways.