goiás interiors I

Church sunset“If the state’s major tourist attraction was just a little too tacky, the economy of robust pink alligators too up and coming, the state of Goiás itself was fast growing on me.  I felt as though I had found an older and simpler Brazil, untouched and undisturbed by oceans and what they bring.  Unsurprisingly its history is much like Minas’s, only delayed, with the first recorded Bandeirante arriving in 1682 on the hustings for gold and able-bodied natives.” – To Belém & Back, p.49

What follows are other quotes and images from the Belém roadtrip, some of which are taken from the eBook’s parallel picture essay.  [please hover over images for captions]



About Ben

Author Ben Batchelder has traveled extensively on American and Brazilian backroads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Nevertheless he has published two books on his New World journeys, that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, with plans for more. Having grown up in Cambridge, Mass., he currently leads a bi-hemispheric life, as a mountain man with a writer’s retreat in the hills of Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. For more, visit www.benbatchelder.com.

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