Brazilian Challenge Day 25: Trilha da Cachoeira

Today’s Brazilian experience was one with nature. We went to Parque Estadual da Cantareira, one of Sao Paulo’s state parks, and hiked the Trilha de Cachoeira.

In the U.S., we used to hike quite a bit. I had also done some hiking in Rio. But this was my first hike in Sao Paulo. The park exceeded my expectations. It had a lot of facilities, like rest rooms, a playground, a nature center and a picnic area,  as well as plenty of security.

The site was once the water supply center for Sao Paulo. There is a museum that displays the pumps and machinery and along the way we ran into some of the pipes through which the water traveled.

The hike was rated “medio,” but that was a pretty conservative rating. It was actually pretty easy. We had our daughter with us, though we carried her sporadically. There were also a number of families that we encountered along the way with small children. Based on my hiking experience, a “medium” difficulty hike means that we don’t quite need equipment, but I still wind up hanging for my life off a large rock somewhere.

Along the way we encounter water falls, swimming holes, wooden bridges and a water reservoir. It was a fabulous trek.

After the hike, we had a picnic lunch on the grounds.

The park was a great place to spend a morning and only about 30 minutes outside of the city.  Highly recommend.

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7 Responses to Brazilian Challenge Day 25: Trilha da Cachoeira

  1. Alex says:

    Aeee que delicia !

    Looks nice and warm, unlike here.

  2. Sarah says:

    I’ve been there! They also have a nice trail to a lookout, from which you can see a good portion of São Paulo. Definitely more challenging with a kid to be carried, but worth it for the view. The other good hiking spot I recommend is Paranapiacaba (the place that O Jeito Brasileiro didn’t find 😉 – the guides’ association – not much information, but you can click on the links at the very bottom for photos – check out these ones:

  3. 3rdCultureChildren says:

    Very, very nice photos, especially the one with the little girl (your daughter?) crossing the bridge. Thanks for sharing them, and thanks for stopping by my travel & photoblog and “liking” its recent post… Much appreciated – it’s definitely great having the opportunity to build a good network with other passionate bloggers! Greetings from

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