Yesterday I traveled to Guaramiranga, a rainforest area about three hours outside of Fortaleza. Guaramiranga itself is a small little town, but it’s outskirts and ecotourism areas are home to breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and lush tropical forests. I traveled there with the group of American students that are here with TnCIS, the same program that I came here with three years ago. It was great to see them all again and go exploring and hiking.
Guaramiranga is known for it’s waterfalls, but to get there we first had to hike through the rainforest. The temperature was perfect since we were so high up on a mountain, and the bugs weren’t really out so I thoroughly enjoyed the walk.
After the walk came the huge, gorgeous waterfalls. I couldn’t resist taking a dip! I was the only one from our group that did. I didn’t understand why the rest of the Americans didn’t want to, since they wore their bathing suits, but that wasn’t stopping me! I had to do it!
The waterfalls at Guaramiranga are over a very large, steep cliff. The view was amazing and I had a moment of pure thankfulness that the paths I’ve taken in life have led me to where I am now. Travelers…we are so lucky. Some people never even leave their home town and here I was, at the top of a beautiful waterfall in Brazil with a view that others would kill to see. Thank God for TnCIS, my host family, and wanderlust!
After the waterfalls and rainforest of Guaramiranga, we took a bus to the top of the mountain. It’s one of the highest points in Ceara (the state that Fortaleza is in) and we were able to see its vast beauty when we reached the top. There is also a huge statue of a saint there, which one that may be I don’t know. The view was amazing though, and once again I was left speechless and in total awe.
There are about a hundred more photos I could post here, but I’ll stop for now because this is getting pretty lengthy. Until next time!