Journey on the Estrada Real: Encounters in the Mountains of Brazil

Front Cover
Academy Chicago Publishers, 2004 - Travel - 210 pages
1 Review
Glenn Cheney began a love affair with Brazil when he impulsively hitchhiked there from Connecticut in 1974. Less than a decade later, disillusioned with the hectic New York lifestyle, he and his wife bought a rural banana farm in the state of Minas Gerais, the region through which the Estrada Real road winds its mountainous way. Cheney's familiarity with the area adds richness and depth to this travelogue, the compelling story of his journey by foot through one of the most remote areas of Brazil. The author makes his way through rural but populated areas, writing about people and an archaic way of life almost forgotten by the rest of the world. Throughout his journey, he is constantly aware of the fragility of the way of life he documents, and the extent to which the region lies under the threat of globalization. The personal connections he makes with the people of Minas Gerais are invaluable for our understanding of how these mountain people live; so far, at least, untouched by the modern world.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Justjenniferreading - LibraryThing

The other book that I read of Cheney's was a historical book about the Pilgrims, and while I did enjoy that one I wasn't quite sure of what to expect with this book. This is more of an autobiography ... Read full review


The Road to Awareness
A Crossroad of Mules
Ghost Town of People

2 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information