Travessia Duas Pontes a Cabeça de Boi
ElevationAscent: 2,820' 860 m
Descent: -4,508' -1,374 m
High: 4,961' 1,512 m
Low: 2,176' 663 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“This is the Cipó Park traverse to Cabeça de Boi.”— Rafael Porto
The crossing can be divided into three sections. The first stretch goes from MG 10 to Travessão. It has a well marked trail that is open to visitation. It has a nice view of Serra do Breu to the west, Serra Alto Palace to the north, the Serra do Cipó to the south, and the peaks of Parnacipó to the east. The attractions of this stretch are the Waterfall of Mirrors, cave paintings, and the viewpoint of the Canyon of the Travessão.
The second stretch goes from the ascent after Travessão until very close to the area of the Maça waterfall. The terrain here is mixed as there are sections without a marked trail ande sections with "cattle tracks" especially from the outskirts of Parnacipó. The path is a mixture of rocks, shrubs, and altitude fields. It has some waterfalls in the vicinity of the route (without names), but with very little water and you would need to make a short side trip to visit them. The main attraction of this second part is the long-distance views along a large stretch of the upper Parnacipó.
The third section does not present difficulties, because there are marked and consolidated tracks that lead to the waterfalls of the Maçãs and Encantado (and of the Lajeado, that is next to the Encantado) in addition to the road that leads to the camp of Cabe de Boi. The main attractions are the two waterfalls already mentioned. The Entancado is a sequence of rapids, small falls, and pinnacles by a rocky slope.
Once you reach Cabe de Boi, in order to get back to the start of the run, you'll have to rent private cars to pick you up or catch the bus that passes once a day.
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