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Brazilian Adventure - by Our Hayley

Firstly, I would just like to thank everyone for their support in fundraising my trip. It really was worth every penny, it was a great experience and hopefully I helped people along the way. Here’s a summary of what I got up to.

In the first few days we did acclimatisation trek to get us use to the climate and lifestyle of Brazil. This was probably where the difficulty of trekking really did hit me, as on the main trekking day we walked all the way up the mountain... And then  all the way back down! However, that was only a taster of what was to come.

We then moved onto out main trekking phase. Although, this was physically one of the hardest things I've done, it was also one the most satisfying. With the encouragement of the rest of the team, we all managed to complete our 5-night trek. By this point we had all eaten enough rice and sardines to last us a lifetime!

Brazil View
Brazil scenery
After our trek, we visited Iguacu fall, which is one of the biggest waterfalls in the world. We were slightly disappointed at first, as due to the time of year, there was little water flowing over. However, as we walked further we managed to get some great views.

We then travelled to the pantanal wetlands, which we all admit was the best part of the trip. Here, we all had the chance to tour the pant anal on horseback, where we saw an anaconda and lots of crocodiles. We also went parana fishing where we learnt that some people had more patience than others!
Local School Brazil
Iguacu Fall
Braxil sunset
We then went to stay at a local school for students with down syndrome. This was one of the most rewarding parts of trip, as we got to get involved with the students and help them. We redesigned their sports area over the five days we were there, and we put on a play for them with the time we had left over. Of course, the language barrier was difficult but we think they just about understood!
Finally, we travelled back to Rio de Janeiro where we were left to our own devices. This time was mainly spent looking at the main tourist attractions, such as the statue of Christ and the sugar loaf mountain.

We then started our journey home, where we were all happy to see our parents again, (I even missed my brother a little bit!). I definitely had the time of my life and I would just like to thank again everyone who supported me.

Brazil Wall Art