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There are an array of walks or rides available. At 1,500m, Hawk’s Rock is the highest point on the reserve – a challenging hike, but the sunset view from the top is unforgettable.
Botanists will enjoy wild orchids and bromeliads, as well as native forest species.
Don’t miss a ride or trek to the village of Mogol. The journey offers stunning mountain views and a chance to cool off in the clear waters of Engenho’s Waterfall.
There is abundant wildlife, including Muriqui monkeys, wild boar, jaguars and ocelots, puma and wolves. Those interested in joining in conservation efforts are welcome to do so.
With less than 900 Muriqui in the world, the reserve works closely with biologists and researchers to study and protect the Ibitipoca troop.
Those looking to disconnect can take Viradouro, a charming farmhouse with the comforts of the main hotel. Powered solely by sustainable energy, Viradouro uses solar thermal and the wood burning stove to heat water. Walking distance from natural pools, visitors can take an early morning dip before breakfast.
It’s a 3-hour drive north from Rio through the plump green hills of Minas Gerais to Comuna do Ibitipoca. There is also the option of travelling by helicopter, which takes under an hour from Rio de Janeiro
Minas Gerais can be visited year-round. The driest months are April through October. January, February, March, November and December see the highest rainfall. Let us know when you hope to travel and our Brazil experts will guide you accordingly.