Our one regret of the day was not having enough time to explore the market, as we had to get back to Brasilia to attend a bbq and Jack still had a lot of weekend homework. Eventually we made it to the falls:
So, we traipsed back down to the next level. Only Jack was brave enough for this icy cold, churning pool. See his little head in there?
The next level down proved to be the best for families. The kids had a blast swimming and trying to keep pace with the current.
Jack challenged Henry to jump off the rocks:
And with a little boost from these lovely Brazilians, he made it up to the platform.
The girls wanted to try, of course, but the Brazilians wouldn't hear of it. Because they're girls. Despite the fact that Olivia is twice as strong a swimmer as Henry. They still had fun jumping off the lower rocks and getting swept into the calm pool, though.
See that cliff? This crazy guy spent the day swan diving off it. He was there with his grandkids. Loco!
We stopped to eat at a local restaurant recommended by some of the embassy families and had just as lovely a time there as we had at the waterfall. There were beautiful gardens to hang out in, a guy singing and playing guitar (and he was good!), and a playground for kiddos to play on in view of the dining patio so parents could enjoy a leisurely meal. That is one of the things that makes me adore Brazil. They love children and will go out of their way to make them happy.
The gardens at the restaurant boasted two of these hammock gazebos, so if you got tired after your leisurely lunch, you could take a little sesta.
A vine-covered dome to hide in.
Most restaurants in Brazil have a little 'cafezinho' station where you can get a tiny cup of coffee after your meal. This wonderful place also had a Cachaça station, which is the fermented sugarcane liquor used in making caipirinhas (the national cocktail of Brazil).
It also had a cafezinho station and a station for the kids which was some kind of hot, liquid dulce de leche. It was well-received.
Just look at this adorable blurry enamel cup!
As we were going out to the car from our two-hour lunch (which, by the way, is a typical Brazilian 'lunch hour'), we discovered that the restaurant was giving kids free pony rides. I KNOW!!