Again lots of history here. We visited one mine and as the entrance fee was 25 Reales I said in German to Norbert that I did not want to pay such a high fee ($10) as I have seen many mines before.
To my surprise a very Brazilian looking young man said in perfect german that this mine is well worth a tour as this mine did not use any explosives and it is a guided tour. Turns out he was born in France, mother German and father Brazilian and owner of the mine. So Leo Linke (his name) did the tour with us and translated for me. Thank you Leo Linke. The streets are very steep and to go from one site to the next is like doing the Grouse Grind and add 39+ degrees, and at the end a 3km. walk back to camp.
Tomorrow we will drive to Rio, as we were invited and given tickets to the famous Carnaval in Rio Parade by Thibaut whom we met at the waterfalls. Or friends Andre and Marcia who are Brazilian and live in Toronto went to great lengths to find us a place in Rio where we can park the Blue Wonder and sleep in it. No small feat in Rio. Thank you Andre and Marcia for without your help we would not have been able to go. Amazing how things work out. So off to Rio tomorrow Feb. 14th.
Hugs to all
Norbert and Greti