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Brotas Is the Best Destination for Rafting Beginners
10/31/2014 - 09h55
FROM SÃO PAULO
Rebeca Fernandes, rafting supervisor of the Brazilian Canoe Confederation, six-time winner of the Brazilian championship and second in the Pan-American 2012, suggests Brotas and Jalapão for those who want to practice the sport.
Brotas (São Paulo)
The Jacaré-Pepira river has rapids and waterfalls - many of them are grade three difficulty (in a scale of six). Because they are solid, it is suitable for beginners who are not required to paddle hard.
BEST TIME during summer (rainy season), when the water flow is higher
FROM US$ 40
WHO TAKES YOU Águas Radicais: (+55 14) 3653-4491; Alaya: (+55 14) 3653-5656; EcoAção: (+55 14) 3653-9140; H2omem: (+55 14) 3653-4700 ; Território Selvagem: (+55 14) 3653-3248
PACKAGE Brotas Zen: two nights at Frangipani B&B (breakfast included) US$ 407 for two people. Package includes rafting and a waterfall tour. EcoAção: (+55 14) 3653-9140; ecoacao.com.br
The Novo river is one of the best in the country for rafting. The waters are clean, drinkable, amid an almost desert-like region.
However, the rapids can reach grade four, so the skill level required is higher. The park's facilities are simple, so it is necessary to camp along the river for a few days to complete the course.
BEST TIME the activity is only possible from June to August
FROM US$ 1,291 (an eight-day tour, including three-day rafting)
WHO TAKES YOU Venturas: (+55 11) 3872-0362; venturas.com.br
PACKAGE seven nights at Pousada das Artes B&B, including breakfast, flight tickets and a three day rafting trip to: Velha waterfall, the dunes of Jalapão and Fervedouro plus equipment and ten meals. Venturas Agency (contact above)
Translated by JULIANA CALDERARI