How Major Flood Transformed A Hiking Trail Into An Underwater Paradise

The perfect storm.

A few weeks ago, heavy rains in Brazil resulted in at least 3 deaths in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods. With rivers and streams overflowing streets and avenues, even the rainforests surrounding the Rio da Prata and Olho D’Água rivers deluged the areas.

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A hiking trail, however, in Recanto Ecológico Rio de la Prata (Natural River Park) didn’t turn into a muddy mess. Instead, crystal clear rivers overflowing the trail transformed it into an underwater wonderland.

A park guide, Waldemilson Vera, captured the enchanting video. According to the description, the water level returned to normal by the end of the day. The video caption says:

“When it rains a lot, the river of the Rio de la Plata runs slower, causing its damming, thus increasing the water level of the river Olho D’Água. Despite the flood, on the day the video was recorded the waters of the river Olho D’Agua remained crystal clear due to their conserved ciliary forest and being inside a Private Reserve of Natural Heritage. This was a rare episode, and by the end of the day the river had returned to its normal level.”

Here’s to weathering the storm!


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