Mountainous Florianópolis


I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the mountainous terrain of Florianópolis. It's great to see awesome views of the city from the tops of the mountains! However, it's not so fun to carry groceries up the hill to my apartment. For many people, this is part of their everyday lives. 

What makes this environment special or different?:

Not only is Florianópolis an island, but it is also full of tall mountains and steep valleys. The island has different weather from mainland Brazil. Many people who live on the mountainsides will walk down to the large lake at the bottom of many of the mountains, and will take boat taxis to the more populated parts of the island. 

What parts of this environment help people to live here?:

The communal lake, where inhabitants can take the boat taxi, is a very helpful part of living in this remote mountainous area. Inhabitants are great at using their resources wisely to avoid too much transportation to get to and from the homes in different areas, or to move alongside the mountains.

What challenges do people face living in this environment?:

Isolation is a big challenge. Some kids here don't go to school because the commute is too long. Internet access is more limited. Mudslides can be an issue during rainer months of the year.