Furnas: Capitólio trades golf equipment for canyon contemplation – 01.08.2023 – Each day life

The place earlier than there was loud music, with funk and sertanejo because the precedence rhythms, in the present day there may be silence. The handfuls of speedboats which have crowded Lake Furnas looking for engaging close-ups within the Capitolio (MG) canyons at the moment are additionally restricted.

Swimming is not allowed in some sections and boats will not be allowed to cease on the vacationer website, which additionally has visitation restrictions in some areas.

A 12 months after a big rock broke off that killed ten folks within the Capitolio on January 9, 2022, the customer insurance policies launched because the canyons reopened in April have been standardized by the tourism sector and regulatory authorities and have steadily led to a change within the profile of vacationers visiting the town Minas Gerais.

There isn’t a longer a clubbing side within the canyon space, with unprotected vacationers dancing in speedboats, nor a cluster of boats on this place. Using helmets and life jackets is obligatory. If it rains, the boats cease going to the canyons. The aim is for the three-hour tour to be contemplative.

Tourism has but to completely recuperate from the blow dealt by the tragedy and hopes this summer season might be favorable to it, primarily as a result of the lake is full. Businesses consulted by Sheet they are saying that vacationers arriving in their very own autos are on the identical stage as earlier than, however tour buses have decreased.

“Tourism has dropped considerably over the 12 months, I’d say round 80%. Vacationers got here by automotive, however excursions didn’t. The modifications have made the route even safer, we hope that vacationers will return as earlier than,” mentioned Nivaldo Paulino Júnior, supervisor of Tourvo Experiencias, one of many corporations providing excursions to the canyons.

About 200 speedboats, every with a capability of 9 to 25 passengers, ply across the bridge over the Turvo River, the place the routes begin. Exploring the canyons and different sights on the lake, such because the Blue Lagoon, Ninho dos Tucanos and the floating bar, prices a median of R$100 per individual.

“It was tough, not all boats depart day by day and firms change,” mentioned vacationer agent José Carlos Damasceno.

What motivated 45-year-old dealer Cristiano Oliveira from Belo Horizonte to drive 310 kilometers and go to the canyons along with his household was figuring out that new guidelines had been established.

“I’ve at all times wished to return, however I at all times thought it was extra for the youngsters and never with my spouse and children. A good friend got here in and mentioned there was no extra loud music and that motivated me,” he mentioned.

When the tragedy occurred final January, vacationers on a speedboat tried to warn one other ship that the wall was at risk of breaking, however they may not be understood. Based on Paulino Júnior, this was the motivation to veto the sound on the website.

“We now have taken a number of actions to keep away from accidents, similar to limiting speedboat site visitors and banning noise in canyons, however not solely that, and the navy has operations, it is aware of the instances of departure for speedboats. There have been restrictions earlier than the accident, however the inspection was not as intense as now,” mentioned Lucas Arantes, Capitolio’s secretary of tourism and tradition.

The positioning of the accident will not be absolutely open to the general public, which ought to solely happen after the development works are accomplished. In November, the town corridor and the federal government of Minas Gerais signed an settlement for safety work on 2 out of 5 precedence factors, which ought to take two years to finish.

They had been estimated at R$2.9 million, of which BRL 2 million will come from the state authorities to stabilize the rocky slopes close to the canyon waterfall, that are at the moment banned.

The positioning is topic to every day geological monitoring, and boats are solely launched into the canyon if no abnormalities are detected.

“From the perspective of tourism and nature, the journey is rather more fascinating in the present day, since you go there and ponder. We’re seeing issues we’ve not seen in a very long time, like geese swimming there and birds which have disappeared coming again,” the secretary mentioned.

The city corridor is investigating, after the mandatory safeguards, the growth of the realm visited and even the variety of ships which are rejected in the present day.


Capitolio has a bonus over different cities bathed in Lake Furnas, often known as the “Sea of ​​Minas”, because it covers 34 municipalities.

Though the extent of the reservoir is low, it doesn’t have an effect on tourism as a lot, not like locations like Alfenas, Carmo do Rio Claro, Areado and Formiga.

Now, nevertheless, the lake is above the extent that Alago (the affiliation of municipalities) and the vacationer business itself contemplate best.

What’s fascinating in Furnas to satisfy all financial and vacationer actions is the water stage of 762 m above sea stage.

On the flip of the 12 months, the water stage was 763.23 m, which signifies that in keeping with ONS (Nationwide System Operator) information it reached 63.95% of the usable capability of the reservoir. The utmost stage is 768 m and the minimal is 750 m.

In the identical interval final 12 months, the usable capability was solely 28.56%, with 757.18 m3 of water – 6.05 m much less water, in a 220 km lengthy reservoir.

In September 2021, the usable capability reached 14.27%, the bottom in a month because the 2001 energy outage. Since then, the rainfall regime has contributed to filling the reservoir.

Furnas, positioned between São José da Barra and São João Batista do Glória, on the Rio Grande, started operation in 1963 and was the primary hydroelectric energy plant constructed by the corporate from which it inherited its title.

On the time of graduation of works, the anticipated capability was one third of the entire put in capability within the nation.


Regardless of the foundations in place within the canyon space, the Capitolio has had marine tourism incidents elsewhere all year long. In August, a speedboat with 17 folks hit a ravine and partially capsized, and two months earlier two folks died after the boat capsized.

“We now have the biggest freshwater marina in Latin America and the variety of ships could be very giant, many excursions. There’s an incident or one other, one ship touches one other, however it does not draw consideration. Now they see it is the Capitolio and folks. I feel it is extra harmful there than different locations, however it’s not,” the secretary mentioned.

In an try to draw this extra “contemplative” viewers, the Capitolio promotes different rural tourism sights, similar to waterfalls and farms specializing in espresso and cachaça, along with the basic bread and cheese.

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