The idea began with a friend, Ana, we used to study together, and we discovered many things and interests in common. One of the things was the interest for electronic music and the desire to learn to make art, crafts.
What, the junction of the two is a great combination, especially in Brazil. After a few months of friendship, we were getting closer and finding it increasingly interests together, and learning arts.
When we heard about the Festival Alternativo do Kranti (FAK), a large festival celebrating 15 years, near Brasilia, GO, in the center of Brazil.
You can find more informations and details about the events and history about the festival on Facebook and Official Web Page. We researched more about the area and we thought that we couldn’t just go to the festival and back and it would be very valuable if we enjoy the journey to discover the wonders that the area offers and stay a few more days there.
We plan the maximum we could advance, bought the tickets round trip, in total 10 days and tickets for the festival. After research on the region, we organized our 10 days as: 3 first days to know some waterfalls close to the festivals place FAK; 5 days of festival; 3 days again in waterfalls. But of course, like all travel plans don’t work 100% sure we went with this idea, but we had no idea what awaited us.
Winter holidays at the university in Brazil, but as the place is in the center of the country, the weather was favorable for waterfalls, the same week of Ana’s birthday, perfect date to celebrate together.
And to start well the journey, we arrived before at the airport but the flight was 7 am and before embarking noticed that we forgot the tent at home! It is where we will sleep for TEN DAYS! Practically the only thing we can NOT forget. To go back to Ana’s home, get the tent and arrive at the airport in time to dispatch and board, it was tense, but we did!
PS .: NEVER FORGET THE TENT!
The trip was exciting, the first time of Ana on an airplane, fear, adrenaline, anxiety, nervousness, all at the same time for one of our adventures.
Arriving in Brasilia, with no plans for how to continue the trip to Alto Paraíso, luck, fate, coincidence? We do not know, but in the Brasilia airport we found a crowd of several different cities of Brazil, who were also going there, join the tribes makes things so much easy. We shared a van because it wasn’t so close, and the price was also cheaper.
The contact with the different Brazilian cultures, concentrated in the same place for the same reason, it is extraordinary. Everyone wanted to continue the trip to Alto Paraíso de Goiás, in the indigenous tribe or São Jorge, which was meant to be the fourteenth Meeting of Cultures (Encontro de Culturas), a very alternative event and by the name you can already imagine.
As we didn’t know how everything worked there, we plan to find a place near the festival, with some waterfalls, camping and wait until the day of FAK, but this plan wasn’t very
successful, we took a taxi to try to find the closer camping to the farm, but it was too expensive and we had to pay to enter the area of the waterfall.
This is something that I really don’t like, almost all the waterfalls around this area are private, they should be open to the public, and then we could have easy access to them.
The taxi driver who was with us, understand very well our situation as tourists and decided to help, we spent the night at his place, entitled to barbecue, beer, beds and even a shower in the morning. It was on this night that I discovered that my air mattress was bored, and probably stuck during the trip, because I had tested before go.
And yes! On the first night of 10, the mattress stuck!
The second day started early, we wanted to go to São Jorge, after all the city should be full of people due to the event that was about to happen and the road as well. It doesn’t take even 20 minutes down the road and we were in the back of a large Hilux, about
Once we arrived in São Jorge, we walked around the city and took a general look at the city, which looked more like a small village, with mud and sand streets and a lot of people, and we stayed in the cheapest camping. We met a very friendly and adventurous family, a couple of students (Geography and biology) with two daughters, traveling the world by car, camping and meeting new places. We also went to the ‘Vale da Lua’ (Valley of the Moon) with them, because it was a little bit far from the camping but to return we did the way by walking.
We stayed at the camping until the day of the festival, but actually we wanted to go to the front of the Festival the night before, but the last day was so intense and rushed, we spent all day in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park and arrived late in the road.
Hitchhiking at night is not easy, so for us that can’t see the driver, both for him, that can’t see us very well. We spent a few hours on the road and we saw that wasn’t working, then to don’t pay another night at the camping we decided to camp on the roadside. There were three guys from south of Brazil also, riding a tent to don’t spend money as well. We slept until dawn and went out on the road again, but this time was over crowded, and we though that it could take much longer. We discovered that the public transport in the region is not very often, which makes most people take hitchhiking, and as everyone knows it, drivers collaborate enough.
We returned to Alto Paraíso in another bucket of a very friendly guy who was listening to a heavy rock, and from there got other transportation to the entrance of the festival, a van that was walking around town recruiting trance lovers.
In the festival entrance, many people waiting, delayed everything and the gates were not still open, but the result of the wait was good, we were the first to enter in the festival, you can check in the documentary that was made after the event. (We appear around 3’31”)
In these five days of festival, there were many days and nights of madness, laughter, party, music, dances, was extraordinary, inexplicable, has no way to put into words all that the region makes your body and soul. We put the tent in front of trance track, music 24 hours a day. We met some friends from Curitiba and knew a lot of people from various cities.
The last day of festival, Ana’s birthday, time to go back to São Jorge and enjoy the last days in the wonderful falls. One more ride, and there we were again, but this time was different. The city was fuller than when we left, five days before. Right at the entrance of town, opposite the main square we found a crowd in front of a van, making several arts, crafts, juggling, circus things. We join to them and were better knowing that class, the van was traveling in Brazil, three guys very good people from Ribeirão Preto, is inside of São Paulo. Made friends and there we were, we found a place for our tent by without having to pay camping.
That night was quiet, just eat and rest, to enjoy since early the next day. Lay to see the stars, the sky was full! That region is very common to see several shooting stars, so if you observe for only a few minutes can already see some acrossing the sky in front of you. The music coming from the van was in total sync with the moment and the whole context.
Our three last days were very intense, we enjoyed in the best way possible and we did strong friendships. We could go to The National Park (Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros) and know a lot of falls and great parts of the river. We met many people who we still have contact with, and all the places are unforgetable. For sure that these region did something in my body, soul, mind and personality.
It was an amazing experience, but unfortunately in the last day our wallet disappear with all the documents, cards and money from Ana and me. We had to go until Brasília to take the plain, and we needed our IDs to take it. To go back was probably the craziest thing that we ever did, with no money to anything we across the state of Goiás to get in the airport in time, only hitchhiking. We went to road as early as possible and started our journey. Until Brasília we took around 4 rides, and one of these drivers helped us with R$20,00, if we need something – it was very kindly – and the last one did the bigger way to leave us in the airport. He was going back home after some days traveling for work, and he decided to really help us. (When we arrieved in our city again, we did a deposit to him.) We could no loose the flight, we had to pass by the police to get the authorization of document, and run.
Everything was really nice, even the bad parts. We learned a lot during this trip and I need to come back there. It is a place that I recommend for sure, and probably I need one month to get to know every little place from that region.