Peace and Tranquility in Aiuruoca

If you are looking for a quiet place, with bucolic landscape and various trails and waterfalls, this place is called Aiuruoca. The mining town was founded in 1706 by bandeirantes that were looking for gold and precious stones. Thanks to the large amount of parrots that existed in the mountains of the region received the name of Aiuruoca, which in tupi means “the parrot (Aiuru = kite, oca = play, nest,House).


Surrounded by the Ecological Station of parrot, the area is rich with trails and waterfalls, and has an ideal environment for the practice of outdoor sports such as hiking, climbing, horseback riding, buoycross and off-road. The best time to visit is between December and March, when the waterfalls are more full and the water temperature cooler. Already winter is rigorous, with very low temperatures. The mountains in the area have an elevation that varies from the 2,293 980 meters. In addition to the Atlantic forest, visitors will find the landscape of the place beautiful forests of Araucaria.

A curiosity is that since 1950 the Carnival of Aiuruoca occurs a week before the rest of Brazil. Legend has it that at that time there was a German priest very drive that didn’t allowed to party on time. This Carnival out of season causes tourists from filling up the city. If on the one hand the most animated Carnival attracts Aiuruoca, another esoteric calls from all corners because of your fame to have energy irradiation.


Who will the Aiuruoca cannot look upon the Matutu Valley, an environmental reserve located 17 km from the city. With an area of 3000 hectares, the State reserve has a residents ‘ Association and the community Daime, who care for your preservation and maintains a community restaurant with delicious vegetarian food. To visit the reservation they always recommend the accompaniment of a local guide and the formation of small groups. The river that bathes the Valley rises in the mountains of the Parque Nacional do Itatiaia and is considered the highest source of Brazil. Nearby waterfalls in the Valley are Indian Matutu and fairies.


The main point of reference in the Valley is the Pico do Papagaio, culmination ofAiuruoca, with 2,293 m above sea level. To reach the Summit of the mountain more imposing of the region need to hit the road for the retreat of Pedros and from there follow about 2 and a half hours of trail, with steep climbs, passing several waterfalls. Altogether there are 8 km of track.


Among the main walking routes in Aiuruoca are the falls of the Garcias, who has a large natural pool at the bottom of your fall; the waterfall of Batuque, with 25meters in height and that is accessed by 20 minutes of walking on a track light; the Cauldrons, near to the city centre and own kayak or float on down; God Forbid waterfall, situated on a private property; Well Jada, Bernardo Parrot, which alsohas a natural swimming pool; and the village of walnut trees, close to the boundary between the municipalities of Aiuruoca and Alagoas, at the foot of the Serra do Ouro Talks. From there you can walk to the waterfalls of the Walnut Creek orthe Bishop’s Mitre, from where one has a panoramic view of the Demijohn and the Parrot.


Reach Aiuruoca is not difficult. Who part of São Paulo has two alternatives: either the Fernão Dias Highway (BR381), Belo Horizonte direction, until São Gonçalodo Sapucaí, where you take the BR267, sense Aiuruoca; or take the Via Dutra (BR116) until the exit of Cruzeiro, where should enter on MG158 to Caxambu, famous health resort of southern Minas Gerais, which is 45 km from Aiuruoca. For those who come from Rio de Janeiro, the best option is to take the BR116 (ViaDelhi) to the entrance of engineer Steps, after follow to Itamonte, Pouso Alto and finally Cachambu.


Is esoteric, Carnival or mountaineer, everyone is delighted with the beauty and tranquility of Aiuruoca.


Aiuruoca with Trails & Directions


Have a versatile and practical backpack is essential for those who go toAiuruoca. To load the equipment we recommend the Crampon bag 68, which has front pocket that can be detached by turning a small backpack of attack for the shorter trips on the island. Another good option for short walks is the Acqua, Fanny Pack light with support for two clutches of water and inside pocket for documents.


For camping, a good option is the Bivak Aluminum tent. It accommodates a comfortably, with your personal baggage, and has only 1.7 Kg. For two or more people we indicate line models Super Chipmunk (for two/three, four or six people). Igloo-shaped, has two entries and fiber frames.
Other product indicated is the Micro-Feather sleeping bag, which has only 1 kg in weight and can be used as double bag, when attached by the zipper (must purchase the zipper with opposite sides, left and right). Its thermal protection is up to +4 degrees Celsius. A good alternative to summer is the Mantafleece Bag, easy to wash and store, is at the same time a blanket, a poncho and a sleeping bag.Polar-type fabric (300 g/m2), identical to the one used in our coats Thermotex, it combines good protection against the cold (to +10° C) with small volume.
Hydration should be looked at carefully, especially if the track is made in the warmer seasons. The Trail has several options of Courses & canteens, Canteen Hidrat 2, comprising Flexible two liters of water and is adaptable to various models ofbags. The water outlet is made by a hose that connected to the canteen, reachesthe mouth of the user and allows him to drink even in motion.
Against the unexpected winds, we suggest the windbreak Minuano, which is very light and compact and essential to always have in the back of the Pack. And toprotect from rain, a good tip is the Shelter Anorak Storm, which has resistance to 10,000 mm waterproofing water column and sealed seams. It also has built-inhood in collar, with the ventilation system that prevents condensation and madein breathable fabric.
Some tips:
• Go forewarned to the cold, because the region is usually present very low temperatures in winter.
There are several hostels, some of them are inside the Matutu environmental Reserve. For those who want to camp, there are options of camping areas and Wild camping is allowed.
Make sure you try the typical food of Aiuruoca (tutu the mineira, feijão tropeiro, Piglet the crackly, cow bogged down, chicken to Brown gravy) and the vegetarian, Matutu Valley.
Distances between Aiuruoca and some capitals: São Paulo (SP)485 km; Rio de Janeiro (RJ)348 km; Belo Horizonte (MG)413 km; Brasilia (DF) 1127 km; Salvador (BA)2074 km; Porto Alegre (RS)1651 km.