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Caminho do Ouro

A Trail of Gold through the Atlantic Rainforest
During a tour, we hiked along a small portion of the 1200-km (about 746 miles) Caminho do Ouro (Gold Trail) that was built by African slaves through the Atlantic Rainforest. When a gold rush broke out in Minas Gerais in the late 1600s, the Portuguese used slave labor to build the trail that was used to transport gold from the mountains to the sea where it could then be loaded on ships bound to Portugal. The trail was also used to transport miners, supplies, and slaves.

During our tour along the trail, we came across these locals wading in the middle of the rainforest in the shallow waters of Tarzan's Pool.
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