Tuesday, January 8, 2013

(Re) Running the Caminho Da Fé - Day 2 Preview

Day 2 on the Caminho Da Fé is planned as 66.3 miles from Tambaú to Aguas Da Prata.  From this day forward the path is the same as it was in 2011, thus, there should be no surprises when it comes to the terrain.  As in 2011, this segment of the journey will pass through Casa Branca, Vargem Grndo do Sul and São Roque da Fartura.

Casa Branca is home to the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, a majestic building located in the central square.  Built in 1843, destroyed by fire in 1889, and re-built in 1893, it features an eclectic neo-Renaissance style.

Vargem Grande do Sul began as an ancient village and was "officially" founded in 1874.  It was elevated to town status in 1906 during a time that saw a large influx of immigrants (who comprise the bulk of its population).  Most of the population of Vargem Grande do Sul are descendants of Italian immigrants.  The municipality hosts, among other things, a corn festival, cowboy festival, potato festival, and the St. Anne Pilgrimage. 
São Roque da Fartura is the last stop before reaching Aquas da Prata, a town that owes its very existence to the large amount of minerals found in its waters.  The municipality has waterfalls, cascades, ponds and trails that cater to every age group.

The elevation profile from Tambaú to Vargem Grande do Sul looks something like this (taken from the 2011 expedition):

Then to Aquas da Prata, something like this (also taken from the 2011 expedition):

We can expect to traverse some of the following terrain (and weather): 



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