The magnificent waterfalls of Goias

Two of the days we were staying in Perinópolous, we did side trips to some of the famous natural sites in the area.  Within a 15 km of the town, there are twenty amazing and pristine waterfalls.

The first day, we went to a very secluded area, an hour’s drive from Perinópolis .   Within that hour, 30 minutes was spent on a bumpy dirt road to read a “camp” area.  We had to traverse a few creeks and farms to reach our destination.

As soon as we parked, immediately, feelings of relaxation washed over.  The little building we had reached was so serene.  Built without walls, it had hammocks all over – as a part of a dining table, out in the courtyards, and all over the park that surrounded the structure.  It had an entire top floor of hammocks.

And a country food buffet was waiting for us, with large farmhouse tables for gathering and enjoying.  We feasted on delicious vegetables, ribs, steak, and Brazilian staple – beans and rice.

Digging in. We were hungry!

After filling up on steaming food from the cauldrons, we all grouped up with a guide to hike to Cachoeira Nossa Senhora Do Rosário.   Cachoeira is waterfall in Portugeuse.  So, this was the Rosário waterfall.   We were told their was a special stop on the way that was equally as beautiful.

The aunts were such troopers – they did so well hiking in the forest to the amazing spots that awaited us.

Starting our climb.

On the way, the surprise was in fact, amazing.   We stopped at a natural pool.  Rock formations made the steps and also perfect ledges for resting.   The water was glorious…cold and refreshing from the hot day.   A few of us dove in, enjoying the beauty of this special place.

Enjoying the refreshing water

Swimming in the natural pool

Aunts enjoying the view on the ledges

At that point, we divided up, where some stayed behind to enjoy the pool, and the rest of us hiked down to the Rosârio waterfall.

Can you spy D & B in this photo?

Fun playing in the rushing Rosário waterfall

The newlyweds in the waters below Rosário waterfall

Johnson men at Rosário waterfall

The magnificence was a hugh payoff, but what a workout!  My quads were burning at the 200-250 rock steps we climbed down and up to experience this.

The following day, D took us to another spot.  This one was a bit closer, about 30 minutes in total from the town where we stayed.    This location had two waterfalls to visit from the parking lot.

Newlyweds starting out on the hike

We met a friend on the way

Making the trek

The first on our list was Santa Maria waterfall, the left trail on the path.  Everyone in our group made it this time, really loving the sand beach that rested below the falls.  This one made for a really relaxing place to lay on the beach.  Many locals brought bags filled with waters, beers, and snacks to make a day out of it.

Water fall #2

Just like the day before, there was a more aggressive climb to get to the second destination.   A brave five of us continued to Luzaro waterfall.   About a half hour vertical hike later, and more burning quads, we reached the site.

There were not many people at this waterfall at all – I suppose it being longer and harder to get to, that the Santa Maria was the more popular spot.

The four of us at Luzaro waterfall.  Thanks to Sexy Sunshine for taking the photo!

Beyond the wedding, this was our favorite activity in Brazil.   We are so glad we got to see them, as D had insisted we do the waterfalls before we had to fly out two days following the wedding.

We would really recommend these amazing falls to anyone venturing to the state of Goias.

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