Pirenopolis in Brazil for the weekend
I typically work weekends from the hotel when away on work trips - it gets me home faster and it means I don't drag colleagues into the office over their weekend too. This past trip was to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. I was fortunate to be taken on a road trip by my host to the old historical Portuguese gold town Pirenopolis. It is about a two hours drive from Brasilia through rolling agricultural land and in itself is a worthwhile drive. When we arrived the most striking thing about the town was the old adobe architecture and gorgeous curved cobble stone streets.
It was a conflicted situation wanting to spend ALL my time wandering and photographing the many wonderful sites and spending time with/not holding my wonderful hosts back from doing what they REALLY wanted to do (rather than wait for a gringo photographing anything and everything in sight). In the end I had great opportunities and am very grateful for a chance to visit a great little city.
We arrived there on Saturday at lunch time and ate a huge lunch at a wonderful barbecue. I was able to photograph the historic church during lunch and then we trapped by heavy rain.
We then chanced it and drove on to the first falls - Abade.
During the next few hours we got to Vargem Grande falls
We stayed at a cute hotel with hammocks hanging in the front of the rooms
We pulled over on the side of the road heading back to Brasilia as there was a crowd formed around what ended up being a gigantic snake.
So in the end the weekend included many great photographing opportunities. During a previous trip I got to the Itiquira falls as well which were well worthwhile.
If you get the chance to go it is a wonderful place in an amazing country.