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Brazil’s Best-Kept Secret: The Canyons of Santa Catarina



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The Serra Catarinense, or the Santa Catarina mountains, positioned in Brazil’s deep south, is an unlimited area of plateaus bedecked with craggy peaks and plunging waterfalls. Measuring about 6,000 sq. miles, the realm runs by Santa Catarina, Brazil’s second southernmost state. The rugged panorama reverberates all through the native gaucho tradition, which celebrates the cowboy means South American fashion. I’ve been to Brazil a few dozen occasions and lived there for 5 years. I had by no means heard of the Serra Catarinense mountain vary till a couple of years again after I observed a sequence of majestic canyons seem on the display whereas watching my favourite telenovela “Além do Tempo,” a story of immortal love informed in a mere 161 episodes. To my disbelief, my spouse Juliana, who’s from Brazil’s northern coast, informed me the canyons had been a part of the Serra Catarinense, a couple of hours’ drive from the island of Florianópolis, maybe my favourite place to trip. I hoped to someday see them for myself.

Earlier this yr I traveled to Brazil with my mutt Gypsy. After spending a couple of months in Florianópolis, and with the fading summer time giving method to fall, the canyons got here to thoughts once more. Serendipitously, I met Pedro McCardell, a Brazilian poet turned ordinary explorer, who informed me that not solely did he know the Serra Catarinense nicely however he was additionally headed there within the following days. With plans to steer a bunch of dirt-bike-riding surfers on a brief expedition to Serra Catarinense, Pedro advised I tag alongside.