Captivating Video Shows Flooded Park Submerged in Crystal Clear Water

Earlier this month, a hiking trail in Brazil's Recanto Ecológico Rio de la Prata (“Natural River Park”) flooded due to unusually heavy rains. While most outdoor sites in this situation would turn into a muddy mess, crystal clear river overflow transformed the path and its surroundings into an enchanting underwater wonderland.

As the rain poured on February 2, two nearby rivers—the Rio da Prata and the Olho D'Água—overflowed into the Recanto Ecológico Rio de la Plata's rainforest. Waldemilson Vera, a park guide, captured mesmerizing footage of the flood as it submerged towering trees, tropical plants, and a wooden walkway in sparkling water.

According to the Recanto Ecológico Rio de la Prata, this is a remarkable phenomenon caused by a serendipitous combination of circumstances. “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,” the video's caption states. “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.”

Talk about a perfect storm!

Heavy rains submerged parts of Brazil's Recanto Ecológico Rio de la Prata in crystal clear water.

Mesmerizing footage of a trail in the underwater park was captured by a park guide.

Amazingly, this unusual event happened weeks later, again turning the walkway into an underwater bridge.

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h/t: [Laughing Squid]

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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