The nature reserve Serra do Cipó is situated just 96 kilometers away from the metropolis Belo Horizonte (4,5 M residents). Within approximately an hour, you can leave the ‘concrete jungle’ and reach the most stunning nature reserve of Minas Gerais.
1. To do and see in Serra do Cipó
It’s famous for its waterfalls and vast mountain scenery, where you can explore for hours on end and be in awe of the unspoilt natural scenery. The ‘Trilha dos Escravos’ (slave route) is a fascinating and adventurous trip that leads to the top of the ‘Cachoeira Véu da Noiva’ (waterfall), where you can enjoy a splendid view of the valley and have a lovely swim.
2. Stay over in Serra do Cipó
You can spend the night in one of the many pousadas that Serra do Cipó offers. One of these is very special. An excess of fine arts in the garden, the trees, or on the walls strikes you when entering the grounds. The owner turns out to be an artist, also responsible for the design and construction of each of the colorful, and unique bungalows.
The whole set-up reminds you of the décor of a mashup of ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘Orfeu Negro’, and ‘Amélie Poulain’. It seems as if every little detail has been thought about. It is clear that everything has been made with love and conviction. This also counts for breakfast.
In Pousada Bangalos Cipo’, the ‘pão de queijo’ is served, as it is on every breakfast table in Minas Gerais. Fresh from the oven and home-made; pão de queijo at its best. The fresh fruit and fragrant tea are both from the garden. The honey, the bread, and the cheese come from the local bee-keeper, baker, and farmer. I presume this is what Albert Heijn means when it refers to its ‘pure and honest’ label.
3. Transport to Serra do Cipó
At the bus station of Belo Horizonte, you can catch a bus from the bus companies Serro or Saritur that goes directly to Serra do Cipó.