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Serra do Cipo

As we move away from downtown Belo Horizonte, the landscape changes from an urban grey to a wild, rustic green. Trees with thick-barked, crooked branches replace houses and high rises. The smell of polluted air and traffic noise are left behind as the traveler’s senses become drenched in the scent of wet dirt, the singing of the birds and the sound of rivers. The capital city of Minas Gerais lies in the centre of a vast and rich ocean of mountains and the most precious piece in this jewellery box, the mountain range of Serra do Cipo, is only 100 kilometers away from its downtown core, at the Southernmost tip of Serra do Espinhaco.
Cipo was discovered in the 17th century by explorers looking for precious stones and metals such as diamonds and gold, known to be abundant in the area. As some of them settled, small villages began to form and the area became the gateway to historic mining cities like Serro and Diamatina. Nowadays the region is known for its dazzling natural beauty, which is protected by law, in the Serra do Cipo National Park
Created in 1978 by the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and of Renewable Natural Sources (IBAMA in Portuguese), the park is home to waterfalls, rivers, and canyons, as well as extremely diverse fauna and flora. Different studies have shown evidence suggesting that the region was covered by the ocean billions of years ago, making the ecosystem even more intriguing to tourists as well as biologists, geologists, and other researchers.
Despite being an area of environmental protection, the park is opened to tourists who wish to experience the Farofa, Gaviao, and Andorinha waterfalls. More adventurous tourists can jump on their bikes or ride horses along the 24 kilometers from the entrance of the park and back, to the breathtaking Canyon of the Bandeirinhas.
Visitors may find many attractions outside of the park too, such as the Grande, Capivara, and Congonhas waterfalls. For those willing to drive further on the winding roads to Cipo, it’s worth checking out the 273-meter high Tabuleiro waterfall, the third highest in Brazil. As you approach the city, the village of Tabuleiro offers many bars and restaurants as well, where you can savour the local cuisine.
More than an adventure, a visit to Serra do Cipo is an unforgettable experience where natural beauty fascinates its visitors.
Photo by: Vitor Borba

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