around 8 am, bound to the northeast, where
there are a couple of national parks that seemed pretty scenic. On the way
north we passed through the new Belo
Horizonte , where all the state
government has moved to. This "city" is really three ultramodern
buildings arranged in a very pleasant complex. We also went through the
airport, which is 45 km north of city center. Administrative
After going through Lagoa Santa (a small town surrounding a beautiful lagoon), we finally made it to Sierra de Cipó. This is a town devoted 100% to tourism. Because of its nice temperature, beautiful surroundings, and beautiful flowers it is a favorite relax spot for the people from
odd couple of foreign tourists). We retained a nice room for two nights, and
right away Annie went into her poolside persona, and laid herself on a chair
"to sun like a dead fish". In
the meantime I took advantage of the hammock and didn't wake up until 1 pm. Belo Horizonte
After a snack we went out into the town, rented bikes, and went for a big circuit of the town and the surrounding mountains. It felt good to exercise!
In the afternoon we took the car and went to look for the entrance of the national park, which we found around 4 pm. Unfortunately they only let people in until 2 pm, so we missed it. Bummer!
For dinner I bought charcoal, veggies, steaks, and sausage, and we had us a churrasco! It was pretty good, if I say so myself.