The town of Tombos is located 356 kilometers north of the city of Rio de Janeiro, and 367 km east of Belo Horizonte, in the State of Minas Gerais.
Its original inhabitants were the indigenous Carajás people. Later the Portuguese arrived and brought slaves from Africa to cultivate the land and build a hydro-electrical plant.
Today, Tombos has a population of approximately 10,000 whos main source of income is in tourism and as artisans.
Naturalist, environmentalist known just by the name Tatu lives off the grid in the mountains and forests of the area of Tombos, Minas Gerais. In the above picture by photographer Carlos Junior, Tatu show his skill with a bow and arrow he uses for hunting. Tatu’s grandparents were of the Carajás tribe of indigenous people that were native to the area and taught him how to live off the land and respect nature and animals.
Tatu, 50 years old, lives deep in the woods, surrounded by mountains, boulders, waterfalls and lush vegetation. Wildlife is diverse and plentiful; Capuchin monkeys, maned wolves and ocelot roam free in the dense forests of Tombos.
Tatu is also responsible for cataloging two species of orchids put on the endangered species list by IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental protection organization. Tatu’s extensive knowledge of the trees and plants makes him a sought after guide for universities and eco-tourists.
Discover Tombos and see fantastic photos of photographer Carlos Junior in Brazil Magazine