CONGRATULATIONS to all the Challengers on our first six Charity Challenges of 2011, biking from Guatemala to Honduras, the inaugural Nicaragua Volcano Challenge, Brazil's Chapada Diamantina Challenge , Guatemala's first Caribbean Kayak Challenge, Perú´s Cerani Pass and Ecuador's Volcano Challenge. Nicaragua's second volcano Challenge is set for 3rd-6th November and the third Guatemala Volcano Challenge dates are set for 27th November -2nd December.

Click on the following for our most recent official project reports for Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Perú and Brazil.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fumaça is conquered in the Brazil Charity Challenge

After three days hiking trail, rapelling, canyon scrambling and swimming, swollen river crossings, soaked tents, ants and Pedrock (one of our amazing guides, hewn from the Chapada Diamantina itself - for sure!) our ten challengers reached our goal, Cachoeira (waterfall) Fumaça, the tallest waterfall in Brazil, at 392m.

After a 7 hour bus ride to Lencois, we trekked out early a few hours to reach our first goal, the incredible Cachoeira do Capivari, where we donned harnesses to rapell the 45m waterfall.

From here, we headed on up to the first campsite next to the river, preparing ourselves for day two, when we river canyon hiked, boulder hopped and swam up kms to reach the amazing Cachoeira de Mixila, which has only been open to visitors for 4 years.

More hiking to our second campsite at dusk, where rain swelled the Rio Capivari a metre higher overnight, and we had to cross in the early hours to continue our trek, towards Fumaça.

The terrain all the way was quite stunning, and the majority of the trail no more than an upward goat track, up and over canyons, to reach our goal.

Fumaça is one of those views that a photo cannot do justice, at an incredible 392m high, we trekked around to the top of it, peering over the ledge straight down into the deep valley below. After three days hard trekking and adventure, the goal was worth each one of those 392 metres!

Many thanks to the challengers, the guides and to all of you who have donated to help raise funds for our school in Mata Escura. With money raised so far, our teachers wages are secured, as well as our food program, for a few more months!


How does GVI Phoenix make a difference?

The following film was made in Guatemala, though the message is the same across all GVI Phoenix projects