27-Dec-2017 -- This is the 4th out of 11 reports reaching confluence points during our two-week trip through southern Brazil and eastern Paraguay. The story starts at 23°S 46°W and continues from 21°S 45°W. The itinerary and additional pictures can be found here.
The website for this confluence has become an interesting time-series, showing how a typical site near a city is changing over the years. Visitors until 2007 found the confluence in a forest near a creek, but from 2008 onwards, the confluence was fenced and in a more or less urban environment. Recent visitors could only reach the confluence up to 40 m in front of a locked gate.
When we arrived at the Avenida Ximango in the southernmost parts of Belo Horizonte, we found ourselves in front of a gate. Theoretically, we could have entered since the entry for pedestrians was open. But some less trustfully looking youngsters held us back from entering the site. And the language barrier held us back from asking for permission. Inside the gate is a private yard with parked cars and washing lines. I took the direction-pictures inside the next side alley at a distance of 38 m to the confluence point.
Generally speaking, the area of the confluence is quite pleasant: Right next to the gate is a shop offering cold drinks. We bought 2 fresh coconuts and drank them in the Parque Das Aguas Ecological just across the street.
To the east the confluence is bordering the water conservation company COPASA.
After the visit we continued our trip to the old mining town Ouro Preto (meaning Black Gold).
CP Visit Details:
- Distance of car parking: 100 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 1 minute
- Time at the CP: 2:49 PM
- Measured height: 984 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 38 m
- Position accuracy: 5 m
- Topography: slightly hilly
- Vegetation: bananas, trees
- Weather: partly cloudy, 31° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Coconut Drinks Confluence
The story continues at 23°S 45°W.