Bandeira do Brasil

Bandeira do Brasil

Friday, August 31, 2012

A RELAXING RIDE ON BRAZIL´S LAST PADDLE STEAMER

Yes, the Benjamim Guimarães  was built at Pittsburgh in the United States by James Rees and Company in 1913, one of a number of similar steamboats built for South American service. It originally navigated the rivers of the Amazon basin. In the 1920s the Benjamim Guimarães moved to the port of Pirapora on the Sao Francisco River.
Today, the Benjamim Guimarães is the only working steam paddle boat in all of Brazil. It is a tourist attraction and makes routine public trips on the São Francisco River from Pirapora downstream to the beginning of the Das Velhas River.
Forget the conventional cruises, both luxurious and extravagant. Simplicity is the word when boarding the Benjamim Guimarães boat. As a reward, the world´s last paddle steamer offers history, imagination and discoveries along a steam powered journey of six days by the Paradiso Turismo travel agency for about R$3.000/person in a double cabin.
There are, however, shorter four-hour trips leaving at 9 a.m. on Sundays and holidays. The fare costs R$40/person and tickets may be purchased when boarding, in Pirapora City (some 350 km from Belo Horizonte), at the Municipal Tourism office, or by telephone (for those who want to book in advance (38) 
3749-6155)

http://g1.globo.com/minas-gerais/noticia/2011/12/pirapora-oferece-passeio-no-unico-barco-vapor-em-atividade.html
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