SERRA DA CANASTRA
Considered one of the most important Brazilian national parks, the Serra da Canastra National Park, created in 1972, has an actual area of 70,355 hectares and involves the following localities between the states of Minas Gerais and São Paulo in the Southeastern region of Brazil: Araxá, São João Batista da Serra da Canastra, Sacramento, São Roque de Minas, São José do Barreiro, Capitólio, Vargem Bonita, São João Batista do Glória, Delfinópolis, Medeiros, Passos, Piumhi and Rifaina.
The name Canastra comes from the indigena and means “chest”, due to the shape of the main mountain range that surrounds the Park. Among the more than 200 cataloged waterfalls, the most famous is the formidable Casca D'anta waterfall with approximately 186 m of height and its source is 14 km from this main fall, forming the glamorous São Francisco River.
The park protects a rare beauty and shelters countless species of the fauna of the cerrado, such as guará wolf, anteater, stag, various hawks and endangered species such as the duck and the armadillo-canastra.
Get ready to be enchanted by its exotic beauty and rich landscapes. Famous for its waterfalls, trails and beautiful landscapes, the region of Canastra is a privileged place for the practice of adventure sports and for nature lovers. Let yourself be seduced by the gastronomy, flavors and the old and good hospitality of the sertanejo people of Minas Gerais. A simple cooking, made on the wood stove, but with a striking, unforgettable and incredible flavor.
São Francisco River
The river São Francisco is one of the most important water courses in Brazil and South America. The river passes through 5 states and 521 countys, being its source in São Roque de Minas, within the Serra da Canastra National Park. After crossing great part of the country and constituting natural currency of the states of Sergipe and Alagoas, it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Its length measured from the source is 2,814 km.