This text was written for the blog Mala de Aventurasand later adapted by the same.
For those who enjoy trips that offer a close contact with nature, through various options of trails and waterfalls, Goiás has become one of the preferred Brazilian states to make some (or several) visits. A small town in the interior of Goiás called Pirenópolis, which generally received only tourists from Goiás, is now popularized for its cultural and natural attractions.
Currently, the city welcomes Brazilians from different parts of the country who are looking for a place to rest or to venture out in a few days. The center of Pirenópolis was listed as historical patrimony and has several 18th-century mansions, old Catholic churches, theater, and museums.
Meanwhile, the city’s natural attractions are the items that most catch the attention of visitors. Pirenópolis has the largest number of Conservation Units in the State of Goiás, totaling nine, which are surrounded by hills, mountains, and ecological reserves. Piri also has 82 waterfalls, of which eight are open to visitation.
Thus, in the midst of so many options of tours in this inner city, we decided to elaborate the itinerary of a weekend in Pirenópolis.
How to get there
Being located in the interior of Goiás, the locomotion to Pirenópolis may not be so easy, since the city’s bus station is 107 km from the capital Goiânia and 150 km from Brasília. Therefore, the best option for people who opt for comfort is to rent a car in Goiânia or Brasília and then leave for Piri.
In Brasília and Goiânia there are some companies that make car rental with daily rates starting at R$ 45. The options of cars range from compact, economical, medium, standard, and sporty. Sites like Kayak and Decolar can facilitate a search of cars with better cost-benefit.
In the city, there is also an airport, but it does not operate commercial flights. Therefore, if you own aviation transportation, it is possible to land in Pirenópolis. For this, it is necessary to contact the ANAC of Goiânia to know the procedures of landing and takeoff.
For those who leave capital cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, it’s recommended to take a commercial flight to Brasília or Goiânia and then a bus to Pirenópolis, in case you do not want to rent a car. The company that operates for the locomotion of this trip is Viação Goianésia. The schedules are varied and, therefore, it is necessary to consult them before scheduling your tour.
From Brasília to Piri, the journey lasts approximately three hours, while Goiânia to Piri is two hours. On the other hand, it is important to remember that the flights from Rio and São Paulo to Goiânia are usually much more expensive than to Brasilia, so it is worth to take a plane to Brasilia and from there take transport to Pirenópolis.
There are also those who prefer to make the whole trip by car. From Rio to Pirenópolis are approximately 1300 km, a trip that lasts around 16h. In this case, the option is to drive towards Petrópolis on the BR-040 and continue on this road until you reach Belo Horizonte, which takes approximately 444 km. From BH, follow the road BR-040 until arriving in Brasilia, which is 740 km.
In Brasilia, the ideal route for those who are in the north is Via Aguas Lindas. From the Pilot Plan to Taquatinga, you should always follow BR-070 until a junction between BR-070 X BR-414 on the left to Cocalzinho de Goiás.
Going straight ahead you will find Corumbá and, before the city’s clover, you have to turn right and drive approximately 1.5km until you find another one on the right which will turn into the GO-225 and after 20km you will arrive in Piri.
The option for those who are south of Brasília is Via Abadiânia. You need to take the BR-060, which is the exit for Goiânia. Following this highway you will arrive in Abadiânia and, at the beginning of the city, it is necessary to follow to the right by the GO-338 until Planalmira.
At the junction between BR-414 and GO-338, continue on the GO-338 until you reach Pirenópolis, which is approximately 25 km.
Leaving Sao Paulo, the main option is to follow Via Anhaguera until reaching the border with Minas Gerais, a route that is approximately 447 km. Then it is necessary to take the BR-050 to Uberlândia and from there to the border with Goiás, which is 78 km away.
Continuing on this highway, the route takes you to the city of Catalão and, from there, you must drive on the GO-330 until you reach Anápolis. When you are in Anápolis, the route should be followed by BR-414 to Planalmira and, from there, take the GO-338 on the left until you reach Pirenópolis.
The journey from São Paulo to Pirenópolis is approximately 1,000 km and lasts 12h30.
If you want to enjoy a weekend in Pirenópolis, accommodation with good location and comfort makes all the difference. Therefore, it is interesting to look for hostels through the center, because it will be easier to find markets, restaurants, and pharmacies in it. So you will not need to use a means of transportation whenever you want to leave the inn.
In our trip to Pirenópolis, we chose as accommodation the Sítio Lavrinhas, located 8 km from the Church of Bonfim. The place has a barbecue grill, garden, wi-fi, and free parking and still accepts pets. In addition, the Lavrinhas is less than 1 km from Cachoeira do Abade, one of the main sights of the city, about which we will still talk about this post.
This hostel has two different options of views in the rooms: the view of the mountain or the garden. There is also the possibility to choose a room with a balcony. The price for a weekend in Pirenópolis in the Lavrinhas is R$ 360 per couple.
Another recommended place for accommodation is the Canto do Sabiá. The hostel is located just three minutes from the Bonfim Church and six minutes from the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Canto do Sabiá offers free wi-fi and parking, swimming pool and breakfast. The price for two nights on the spot in the Standart room, overlooking the garden, has the value of R$500 for the couple.
The third option that we indicate is the Pousada Tropical. Like the two previous ones, it has a good location, as it is only six minutes from the Church of Bonfim. The place offers breakfast in the morning, swimming pool, wi-fi access, and free parking. Two nights at the Pousada are valued at R$ 440 for the couple in the Deluxe Room with balcony and mountain view.
When to visit
The high season in Pirenópolis occurs between the months of May and July because it is the period when heavy rains have passed. Besides, during this time there are folk festivals, such as “As Cavalhadas de Pirenópolis”, which represents the duel between Moors and Christians, and the “Festa do Divino”, marked by Christianity and its religious practices. These events happen after 45 days of Easter.
The rainy season in Pirenópolis goes until November, so the ideal is to visit it between May and, at most, November. So you can enjoy that temperatures are not very high in the region and the rains have not yet appeared.
Script Day 1: Park of the Pyrenees + Abade Waterfall + Leisure Street
As promised, the goal of the post is to make it easier for you to build a weekend itinerary in Pirenópolis and, therefore, we organize possible options for two-day trips.
On the first day, the “Parque Estadual da Serra dos Pirineus” – or simply the Pyrenean Park – is worth a visit. The place is 20 km from Pirenópolis and was created in 1987 in an area of almost three thousand hectares. It is important to note that the mountain range is a divisor of the Platina and Tocantinense hydrographic basins.
The highest point in the region is the Pyrenean Peak, 1,385 meters high. In front of it is the Hairy Hill, which has a quartzite rock formation that existed more than a billion years ago.
In the park, it is also possible to see the cerrado rock – the vegetation that is born in rocks – and is protected by law. Several springs, bushes, enclosed, fields are also not outside the beauty of the Park of the Pyrenees. The visitation to the place is free and the entrance time of the visitors is allowed from 8 am to 8 pm.
After the trek through the Pyrenean Mountains State Park, the next item in the script for a weekend in Pirenópolis is the famous Abate Waterfall, about which we briefly spoke here.
The waterfall is 17km from the center of Pirenópolis and entrance ticket costs between R$ 40 (adults) and R$ 20 (children and elderly). There are two access trails: the Abade Trail, which is only 500 meters long, and the 2500 meter Valley Trail.
The shorter trail, formed by stone and wooden walkways, allows visitors to see the beautiful 22-meter waterfall of the Abade waterfall. The Valley Trail is made of wood and stone, has two suspension bridges and also a natural aquarium, besides offering contact with three other waterfalls: Sossego, Landi, and Cânion.
The Sossego Waterfall can reach up to six meters deep and is located in the middle of two rocks, making the landscape truly unique. Landi’s – which has this name because landi is a tree located next to the waterfall – also deserves a dip. The Canyon Waterfall is surrounded by a huge rock and has fine sand on the bank, allowing visitors to access the waterfall with caution.
In addition, 25 meters high and 50 meters long, the Tremedeira Bridge also became an attraction of the Valley Trail, passing above the “Rio das Almas”. This trail option still has six belvederes – one of them, called “Mirante do Bugio”, is 80 meters high and a panoramic view – and diverse natural vegetation. Therefore, for those who can, it is worth choosing the longest route.
After the tour on one of the trail options, the visitor can still check out the food options at Vila do Abade Restaurant and also have a beer at Chopp Santa Dica.
Visiting hours in Cachoeira do Abade, both in the Abade Trail and in the Valley Trail, takes place between 9 am and 5 pm.
In the evening, the ideal is to walk along Leisure Street in the historic center of Pirenópolis. There you can find several options of bars and restaurants. Shows and parties also happen on the spot, depending on the city’s agenda.
“Rua do Lazer” has an interesting history: formerly this was a very quiet residential street, but it has become the current busy shopping center of the city. Dona Edna, born in Maceió and raised in Rio, moved to Pirenópolis and started the first street trade, offering gastronomy and live music.
This commercial center is also a great option to buy clothes and souvenirs from the trip to Pirenópolis.
Script Day 2: Babilônia Farm + Rosario Waterfall
“Fazenda Babilônia” was listed as National Patrimony and built by blacks enslaved in the 18th century and, therefore, still preserves a colonial style in decoration and construction.
With more than 40 food options, the farm offers the “Café Sertanejo da Fazenda Babilônia”. Some of the options are cheese biscuit, sweet biscuit, rice “fubá” cake, and homemade bread. This coffee is made up only of foods produced locally and uses old and typical recipes from Goiás.
After breakfast at Babilônia Farm, the next stop is the Rosario Waterfall. This waterfall is a little further away from the other attractions mentioned so far: 35km away from the historic center of Pirenópolis. But, before you think about giving up, here’s a tip: it’s very worth putting it in the script of a weekend in Pirenópolis.
The waterfall allows the visitor to contact with crystalline waters, centennial trees, rupestrian enclosure, fields, natural pools, besides offering an incredible 42 meters of the waterfall.
Because it belongs to private property, the Rosario Waterfall is paid for. There is a ticket of R$ 90, which includes access to the place and buffet of the food on the wood stove. The other ticket costs R$ 45 and allows only the visit to the waterfall.
The entrance to the place must be bought earlier, as only 70 tickets are sold per day – which is great news, so you will not run the risk of finding the waterfall too crowded.
Like the Abade Waterfall, the Rosario Waterfall has open visitation between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm.
You can realize that, contrary to what some people think, there is a lot to do in a weekend in Pirenópolis, right? If you are interested in visiting the inner city, do not forget to book your accommodation in advance – the rooms usually run very fast.
Also, it is highly recommended to look for a car rental company before arriving in the city. The walks to the waterfalls are a little far and doing them without proper transport can be quite tricky.