Conceição da Ibitipoca Transportation
Road to get there
The park is on the top of a mountain, therer's only one dirt road that can take you there and, yes, it is pretty bumpy and steep. You can get there by regural cars, but be ready to step on the gas and NEVER stop, if your car is a 1.0/1.5 one. Once you get there, relax, the roads are well taken care of and there's a big parking lot, as you won't be needing the car anymore.
Conceição da Ibitipoca Warnings and Dangers
Yes, they're totally harmless.
They feed basically on fruits and small animals and they're not agressive at all, in fact, they're afraid of people and will avoid going to places with lights or people around. But still, there's a very important rule when it comes to sharing the park with them:
They love shinny things, or things with strong scents, such as shampoo, soap, thootpaste and the kind. You shouldn't even keep these things well hidden in your bag inside your tent: put them in a plastic bag and hang it on a tree. Smelly tennis shoes are also included on the list, unless you want to wake up to find only one of them. After cooking, wash all the appliances and put them away along with whatever food's left. While I was there, I saw a man lose his motorcicle helmet and a group of Italians his shoes and the grill where they had barbecued some meat the night before. A week before a wolf had torn a tent to get to a nice bag filled with sausages and cheese. Forget about getting your things back - they now belong to their private souvenir collection well hidden inside their cave.
Conceição da Ibitipoca What to Pack
Regular Camping List
Luggage and bags: Backpack. Don't even consider anything but that.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You'll need comfortable tennis shoes as you'll be walking around a lot. Walking sandals are also a must, specially to cross creeks and rivers. In the Summer, be prepared for cool nights and warm days. Don't forget your bathing suit - it's virtually impossible not to give in to the red lakes, waterfalls and rivers.
Miscellaneous: Mosquito repelent is a nice idea, even though there aren't so many around, because of the altitude.