Remember the Rainforest 1
Thousands of great cicadas deafened us with their loud, monotone wheezing, until we finally saw, in the vicinity of Vila Velha, the rippling of the Brumado River, a clear stream that precipitates from the mountain into the Rio das Contas.
Anabates rufifrons, woodpecker
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Rio das Contas
A league northeast of Vila Velha is Rio das Contas Village. We had to climb a steep path for almost two hours until we reached the point of our destination.
Serra do Rio das Contas
The mountain, called by the sertanejos, now Serra do Rio das Contas, now Serra da Vila Velha or Brumado, rises at least 1,200 feet above Vila Velha, and shows a complete analogy with the mountains of the lands of the mines.
The slope of the mountain is formed by a generally thin-slatted mica schist,
above it lies a reddish quartzite, and above it a white quartzite. The orientation of these layers of varying thicknesses is from north-northeast to south-east; the slope is to the west, and is actually lower in the lower layers than in the upper ones. The bottom of the mountain is covered with thin undergrowth, whose grasses and tree ferns bear great resemblance to the flora of Serro Frio.
Waterfall of Rio Brumado falling into Vila Velha Valley
In the middle of the road the traveler hears the rumble of the brutal waterfall of the Rio Brumado, which falls from the height of 150 feet. From the top of the path unfolds the magnificent panorama of the beautiful Vila Velha Valley. When at last we reached the plateau, in whose small area the village rests, we seemed to be transported to the full vegetation of Tejuco: they were the same thick forests in the abrupt