The history of Itororó began with Dr. Fritz Dungs and Gisela Maria Dungs. Together, they purchased the area of land where Itororó Lodge now stands in the beginning of the 1960’s. The former owner had planted manioc, corn and other crops, for his livelihood, clearing large areas of forest in the process which were planted with a monoculture of eucalyptus and Japanese pine.
When our family purchased the land, there was no electricity and the road up to the lodge was regularly impassable during the heavy summer rains, due to the deep mud. Dr Fritz Dungs then decided to build a small log house, which the family used as a summer retreat, away from the heat of Rio de Janeiro. It was all very rustic and spending time at the house was always great fun, with no electricity or telephone, everything seemed very far away. For us kids, it was a pure adventure!
During this same period, Dr. Fritz Dungs started his research in Brazilian orchids with one of his friends Dr. Guido Pabst with Itororó becoming their research base. They undertook research for more than 20 years and the result was the publication of Orchidaceae Brasilienses, still considered the most complete work on Brazilian orchids. Shortly after the book was published, Dr. Fritz Dungs passed away.