Palmeiras, BRAZIL - Hiking Guide


Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle​ in March 2017

Humberto was our hiking guide during a 5-day trek in the Chiapada Dimantina in Brazil, state of Bahia. He is a former Diamond digger who has never left his village. He was always smiling and happy.  

What did you want to be when you were a kid?  

When I was a kid? I wanted to be in the army. 


With whom would you like to have a coffee? 

With anyone 😊 


If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be? 

Just to be educated.  


To you, what’s that main characteristic that all human being have in common?  

I don't know if it is the case for everyone, but most of the people are concerned about trading. Don’t you think? Money is the basis of human beings. 


To you, who is the happiest person on earth?  

I'm happy. Just being in a place like this with you is happiness. And I thank God for being here with everyone. All this beauty. I used to be a "garimpeiro" [diamond digger], I worked at the "garimpo". Today I'm rich. 


If you were President of the US, what would you first reform be?  

I would stop wars 


What do you need?  

Nothing 😊 


What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?  

I'd build a school, an ONGA school in my village. I'd take all the people who don't have a good mentality and I'd spend all that money there. 


Which innovation, realistic or not, would greatly ease your day-to-day life?  

I’m not sure to understand the question…  


Do you think your life is easier or more complicated than the life of your parents?  

Today life is easier for me than it was for my parents, because right now I'm a rich person compared to my parents. 


What’s the news that affects you the most in your country these days? 

Corruption, prostitution, drug traffic… 


If you had to create a company, what would it be?  

I would work on tourism.  


Can you draw something beautiful? 

It’s a mountain, like we have here around us.  

Can you sing something beautiful? 

He sang “Andar com fe” of Gilberto Gil. See is video on the portrait section of the website. 


What are you afraid of?  

Me? Only of man itself, really.  


What is your dream?  

My biggest dream is to be able to live the way I live now when I'm older. Which means doing trekking.  


Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?  

Many good things. More good things than bad.  


What is the most beautiful thing that you’ve seen in your life?  

What I've seen in my life… I never left this area, I've only lived here, and I know there are many beautiful things all over the world. But what I've seen is this area so I’d say here. 


If you had to write a book about the current world, what would be the title?  

An equal world for everyone.  


Who is God for you?  

God is all of us. We're God's resemblance. So, I am God, you are God… 


Which of your country's cultural specificities are you the proudest of?  

The way of being of all the people. The joy, the smiles... Even though there are many problems, Brazilian people always happy and joyful. 


If you could do any job regardless of money, what would you do?  

Being a volunteer and working as such in any place. For construction, helping other people. 


And you, which question would you like to ask to the world?  

I'd like to ask: “why do people behave like this?”  

I don't know... people don't care much to other people. There are many people who do, but there are many people who don't care much.