The little bohemian town of Lapinha da Serra is a two-hour drive out of Belo Horizonte, with the final half-hour a series of twisting red-dirt roads through the valleys.
The mountains of Minas Gerais follow the road. A deep crevasse runs right through the range.
A little stone-built “Bode Marley bar” signals the start of the little village, complete with four bars and a tiny white-walled church.
The path to the waterfall runs across a thin bridge of red earth over a gentle brook of water.
The little brook widens into the lake.
The water is so clear and still it looks like a polished mirror.
And then the waterfalls begin. Only it was more of a trickle because there hadn’t been much rainfall. And the water was freezing.