In August, we organized a campsite for the volunteers, including Maria (one of our short-term volunteers) and her family, in one of the most beautiful tourist spots in the region: Três Picos state park. The routine of a volunteer at Eco Caminhos is not only about bioconstruction, organic agriculture and agroforestry work, we also like to carry out many activities together, such as movie and volunteer nights, trails and various types of walks. The place counts on a set of granitic mountains and is the highest point of the Mountain range of the Sea, arriving to 2,366 meters above the sea level. It is also the largest park in the state of Rio de Janeiro and covers the municipalities of Teresópolis, Nova Friburgo, Guapimirim, Silva Jardim and Cachoeiras de Macacu.
Preparations for the trip began with the purchase and preparation of the menu. Our meals had a campfire dinner the first day, the breakfast on the second day, which preceded the trail, and some food to replenish us on the way. Anyone who knows the group knows that food is always among our priorities. The menu included eggplant burgers, soup, corn for popcorn, potatoes, bread, biscuits and a variety of fruits. Well, no one would die of hunger!
Then on the afternoon of August 29, bags and food were ready, tents ready and everyone very excited we drove to the park entrance. A first hour walk (without guide) took us to the Valley of the Gods (1,700 meters), where is the camping area (free): with bathrooms, shower (cold), sink, wood stove and fire place, ps : there is no electricity. From the campsite you can choose where to go. There are several trail options, all of which are signposted with information on level of difficulty and time of travel. A little before the camping area has a base of park guards who were super helpful in helping us with information.
We arrived, set up our tents, took advantage of the late afternoon playing Frisbee and when it was dusk we lit the fire to start eating and chilling away the cold. Also rolled a luau with lots of singing and guitar along with our camping neighbors. The next day, we woke up early, had an enhanced breakfast, and opted to make the Dragon Head trail as relatively easy and short (4 km one way, about 1h30min, maximum height 2082m). The day was cloudy, so the view was not so good, but it was a good mood for the walk. On the peak it sold pretty, but it was worth the effort to be closer to the sky.
These occasions bring the group closer together, providing moments of integration, relaxation and fun for everyone. This is another side of the daily lives of the volunteers who come to Eco Paths in search of new experiences, contact with nature and community life. Are you interested in living with us? Visit our volunteer page and learn how you can be part of our team.