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5/29, 5/30 - Nobres

posted Jun 3, 2011, 4:40 AM by Julie Bateman   [ updated Jun 3, 2011, 5:46 AM ]

In an attempt to show a different part of Brazil to our guests, we decided to go to Nobres, some hours north of Cuiaba in the rolling hills of the Brazilian cerrado.  It was my first time to this area, too.  Nobres is known for its caves, springs, crystal clear-blue water with large fish and sting rays that tourists and locals can swim with.  Also in the area are soy, corn, and other farms, enormous limestone quarries and the cement factory which makes all the cement used in our school.

We took off in the Kombi from Pocone early in the morning, and arrived at our friends' farm (out of pure luck,  as their phones weren't working and they had only given me vague directions that hadn't been written down) in the early afternoon on Sunday.  We had met the family in the Pantanal, where they were on vacation and took a special interest in us and the project.  Their farm is labelled a soy farm, though they harvest soy only once a year in February, and they harvest corn, rice, and sorghum in other months.

This family is extremely into sustainability and organics --they buy almost no food from the city, and have experimented with soy oil as biodiesel and are interested in doing more with biodiesel and alcohol produced on their own farm.  They are also extremely warmand generous, which is never bad.  

They took us to the caves and a couple rivers where we swam and got nibbled on by fishes, showed us the farm, and even welded a couple pieces back on the Kombi for us.  All in all, it was a lot of fun, and words can't do nearly as much justice as pictures... so take a look!

- Ethan