Idyllic canyon region tries to keep tourism alive after deadly disaster

A deadly cliff collapse in Capitólio has left tourists scared to return, and locals afraid they will lose their revenue

tourism canyon The Lake of Furnas, in Capitólio, Minas Gerais. Photo: Ricardo Benichio/Folhapress
The Furnas Lake, in Capitólio, Minas Gerais. Photo: Ricardo Benichio/Folhapress

Just over a month ago, social media feeds and newscasts around the world showed shocking images of a tragedy in Minas Gerais, Brazil’s second-most populous state. Footage shot in the idyllic canyons of Capitólio showed a gigantic rock falling from a cliff face and landing on a pleasure boat in the Furnas lake below. Ten people lost their lives.

The causes of the disaster are still unknown, with investigations set to be concluded by the end of this month after interviewing more than 50 people. Meanwhile, a working group with representatives from the Minas Gerais state government and local city...

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