Manhuaçu is a city and municipality in Eastern Minas Gerais state, in Brazil. The population of the municipality was 67,723 inhabitants with 40,751 in the urban area and 26,372 in the rural area. Located 260 km from the state capital of Belo Horizonte, it is near the important road junction of BR 262 (Belo Horizonte-Vitória) and BR 116 (Rio-Bahia). The total area of the municipality is 629 km² and it lies at an elevation of 635 m in the foothills of the Serra da Chabata or Caparaó, which form the boundary between the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo.
- maximum: 1,760 m at Serra Pedra Dourada
- minimum: 561 m at Foz do Rio São Mateu
- annual average: 22.7 °C
- average annual maximum: 27.5 °C
- average annual minimum: 16.6 °C
- annual rainfall average: 1,827 mm
Distances: 270 km to Belo Horizonte/MG and 230 km to Vitória/ES.
The economy of the city is based on the production and processing of mountain coffee. It is the center of commercialization of coffee of the Zona da Mata, and there are offices and warehouses of the main exporting and processing companies of the country. There are storage facilities for about one million sacks of coffee. The region harvests about 1.5 million sacks of coffee a year
Parque Nacional do Caparaó
The Parque Nacional do Caparaó is a national park administered by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and is located approximately 60 km southeast of Manhuaçu on the boundary dividing the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. The entrance to the park is at Alto Caparao. The area of the park is 318 square kilometers.
It was created in 1961 by President Jânio Quadros. It contains the third highest peak in the country, the Pico da Bandeira. In 1859 Emperor Dom Pedro II had ordered that a flag of the Empire be placed on the highest peak of the Serra do Caparaó. It is believed that the name Pico da Bandeira (2,891 m) is due to this fact. The mountains of the Caparó chain have landscapes of great beauty with numerous waterfalls and caverns. There are also other important peaks like Pico do Cristal (2769.7 m) and Pico do Calçado (2.766 m).
- Portal Manhuaçu (in Portuguese)
- A site about Manhuaçu (in Portuguese)
- Lessons of the High Caparaó (in English)
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