Gruta da Lapa Nova

Gruta Lapa Nova de Vazante


Useful Information

Location:  
(-17.984448, -46.890678)
Open: All year daily 8-18.
[2021]
Fee: .
[2021]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=4,550 m, A=698 m asl.
Guided tours:  
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Bibliography:  
Address: Gruta da Lapa Nova, R. Lapa Nova, S/N - Serra Dourada, Vazante, MG 38.780-000, Tel: +55-34-3813-0108. E-mail:
Tourism Attention Center, R. Machado Diniz, 600, Center, Tel: +55-34-3813-0108. E-mail:
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History

1990 area declared a Special Protection Area (APE).
2016 declared a State Natural Monument.

Description

Gruta Lapa Nova (New Cave) or Lapa Nova de Vazante is located east of the town Vazante on a forested hill. It is the 6th largest cave in Minas Gerais. Since 2016 the cave, together with the Lapa Nova 2 and the Lapa da Gameleira, are protected by a 80 ha big Monumento Natural. The cave is visited with guided tours, guides wait at the cave entrance. The cave is not developed except for a rough footpath and some ropes and markers which keep the visitors on track.

At the end of the road R. Lapa Nova is a huge parking lot. Here was a few years ago the restaurant Restaurante Lapa Nova. The trail to the cave starts behind the restaurant, about 200 m uphill. It seems the restaurant is now closed, probably a result of the transformation into a State Natural Monument. The formerly private property where the cave is located was transformed into a public park.