I spent most of my growing up years in Brazil, a country that stretches bigger than the continental USA. Most of that time, though, was spent in the small region where my parents worked in missions, with an occasional visit to the “big cities” to visit family or friends.
After I moved to the States and was married, I said to my husband, Kjell, “I’d like to go back to Brazil—this time on a vacation. Let’s explore all the places that make Brazil the amazing country it is.” And we did.
We rented a dune buggy and driver, raced up the sand dunes lining the coast of Natal, and then took a break to swim in fresh water lagoons further inland.
We ate carne seca and vatapá, dishes native to the northern part of Brazil. We hiked the trails in and around Iguaçu Falls, a stunning cascade of water that breaks into 275 smaller falls.
We body surfed on waves at Ubatuba and took in the vistas of the Mantiqueira Mountain range. My kind of vacation.
A different view
I’d never exchange the years of day-to-day living in the small town where I grew up. Yet experiencing Brazil the way my husband and I did helped me appreciate the country in fresh ways.
That’s the kind of experience we want to give you at Niteo Tours. We want guests to have the opportunity to see a country in a way they might not see it during a missions trip. There’s value in hands-on missions work, but there’s also something to be said for grasping a country’s
and even the cultural variations from region to region.
So to the frequently asked question, “Is Niteo Tours a vacation or a missions trip?” the answer is a vacation, complete with great food and hotels and interesting cultural experiences. And, because of the unique mutually-beneficially partnerships Niteo has, each vacation helps to support local believers in the areas visited. So you can take a vacation and help someone while you do.
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