Sunday, January 2, 2011

Running the Caminho Da Fé Preview : Paraisopolis to Aparecida

This post is the final post of a 3-part series that will preview the Running the Caminho Da Fé pilgrimage route.  The first post, "Running the Caminho Da Fé Preview : Cravinhos to São João da Boa Vista", previewed the approximately 133 miles of the Caminho Da Fé that is to be run over the first 3 days of the pilgrimage (Tuesday, January 18 to Thursday, January 20).  The second post, "Running the Caminho Da Fé : The Brazil 135 Mile Ultramarathon", took a look at the 135 miles and 30,000+ feet of cumulative ascent (and almost equal descent) that is the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon (Friday, January 21 to Sunday, January 23).  This post previews the remaining 80 or so miles of the Caminho Da Fé to be run on Monday, January 24 and Tuesday, January 25.

Running the Caminho Da Fé - Paraisopolis to Aparecida  
Five or so days...260+ miles...another 80 or so miles to go.  But first, the post-race pizza party (Sunday at 8:00 PM) and the post-race farewell breakfast (Monday at 8:00 AM) will provide an opportunity to chat and catch up with with the other Brazil 135 Ultramarathon runners and race staff.

The road to the end of the Running the Caminho Da Fé will pass through Campos do Jordão, a city with an economy based mainly in tourism (due to its location at high elevation and European-looking architecture).  The buildings here are primarily German, Swiss or Italian inspired.  Due to its location at high elevation, Campos do Jordão is relatively cold for Brazilian standards.

View of the Vila Capivari District

A Swiss-Inspired Shopping Mall

Affectionately known as the "Princess of the North", Pindamonhangaba is known for its beautiful landscapes, historical landscapes and rich culture.

Aparecida, home of the patron saint of Brazil, Our Lady of Aparecida, marks the end of the Caminho Da Fé.  Currently housed in the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, it is represented by a short, wooden statue of the Virgin Mary.  Aparecida has a hot climate with dry winters.  The municipality depends exclusively on tourism generated by the devotees surrounding the statue of the Virgin Mary - it receives more than 7 million tourists a year making it the most popular pilgrimage site in Latin America. 

The National Basilica

Running the Caminho Da Fé plans on using the Spot Satellite GPS Messenger to allow people to track our progress in near real time using Google Maps.  A link to the tracking map will be posted on prior to the pilgrimage.


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