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Brazil : Minas Gerais

10.5 km (6.5 miles) WNW of Vinhaça, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Approx. altitude: 434 m (1423 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 16°N 139°E

Accuracy: 14 m (45 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: West GPS #3: South GPS #4: East GPS #5: North GPS #6: GPS at Confluence #7: Simone at CP #8: Begining of the trail #9: Pedra Azul

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#1: At 100 mts from Confluence

(visited by Simone Pasianotto Costa)

English

26-Dez-2010-- Após estudar por mais de um ano esse ponto de confluência, decidi fazer a viagem. O planejamento para encontrar a via adequada não foi o melhor. Foi feito por erro e tentativa. E muita persistência. O único temor era adentrar em propriedades privadas. Sempre tinha a precaução de pedir a permissão para entrar no terreno. E as pessoas eram sempre muito solícitas.

A grande dificuldade foi encontrar uma estrada de acesso público que permitisse chegar próximo a qualquer ponto de acesso a uma área acessível a um terreno que permitisse caminhar. Mas a paisagem era maravilhosa, sempre rodeada pela “Pedra Azul”, uma formação rochosa cuja coloração é verdadeiramente azul.

Finalmente encontrei o caminho em direção à confluência. Parecia que o ponto estava em um pasto. Naquele dia eu estava apenas prospectando o local e não estava vestida adequadamente. Estava usando um vestido. Mas decidi descer do carro e ir ver o local. E se fosse fácil, já marcaria o local.

Fui indo, indo, indo... quando vi já estava longe demais, dentro de uma mata fechada, sendo massacrada pelos mosquitos e toda e fauna que habitava o local. Mas já que estava lá dei continuidade à expedição. Achei o ponto de confluência. Uma hora eram os mosquitos que me atacaram ferozmente, depois era a falta de luz o que dificultava tirar as fotos do GPS, depois foi a bateria da câmera que acabou... Mas no final tudo deu certo. As fotos estão aí para provar.

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26-Dec-2010-- After studying for over a year this confluence, I decided to make the trip. Planning to find the appropriate path was not the best. It was done by trial and error. And a great deal of persistence. The only fear was entering on private property. I always had the foresight of asking permission to enter in any field. And the local people were always very welcome.

Anyway, the great difficulty was to find a public access road that would lead me to any point to an area accessible to a ground that would allow me walking. But the scenery was wonderful, always surrounded by the "Blue Stone" a rock formation, whose color is true blue.

Finally I found a small dirt road to the confluence. It seemed that the point was in a pasture. That day I was just prospecting the site and was not dressed appropriately. In fact I was wearing a dress. But I decided to get off the car and go see the place. And if it were easy, as I was thinking, I should mark the spot.

I was going, going, going... when I saw I was too far inside a jungle, being massacred by mosquitoes and all the fauna that inhabited it. But since I was there, I continued to dispatch. I continue coming into the jungle trying to get the point of confluence and finally I got it. Besides the mosquitoes that were viciously attacking me, the lack of light making it difficult to take photos of the GPS, the battery of the camera which was just over, at the end everything was great. The photos are there to prove it.


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#1: At 100 mts from Confluence
#2: West GPS
#3: South GPS
#4: East GPS
#5: North GPS
#6: GPS at Confluence
#7: Simone at CP
#8: Begining of the trail
#9: Pedra Azul
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