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Caraca Natural Reserve

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Address: Rodovia MG 436 via Barao de Cocais, antes de chegar a Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Phone Number: 31 3837-2698
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Description: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-5pm

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Beautiful nature, big and good for walking

At first you will pay 10 R$ for each person for the entrance (by car). Next to the parking lot you will find an little restaurant and an merchandise shop where you can buy lunch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Germany
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

At first you will pay 10 R$ for each person for the entrance (by car). Next to the parking lot you will find an little restaurant and an merchandise shop where you can buy lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and merchandies for example t-shirts, postcards etc. Tipp: befor you start your walking trip, make sure that bought enough water, because you... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I planned to visit the Sanctuary of Caraça but time was too short, which made me want to go back there with more time, no doubt. It is a century-old church, with ruins, amidst a vast area of environmental preservation. There is a museum, lodging, restaurant and guides to the various nature trails. It is a very beautiful place and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Mountains, waterfalls, wild animals, history, delicious brazilian home made style food and peace. Who needs anything else to have a great time? Enjoy the Caraça

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Woking
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is a most beautiful area of Brazil, with high wooded mountains. On our visit in October 2014 the weather was clear but extremely cold so take more clothes than you think you will need. The rooms in the monastery are not heated!

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Santuario de Caraça is a great place to visit. An old monastery where you can stay over night surrounded by beautiful Atlantic rain forest, cerrado, mountains, rivers, all crossed by well identified trails. There are several specialties to see there: one is the Maned Wolf, a large beautiful animal, that typically comes at night to feast on the chicken that... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Great place to relax and lay back. Good food, great tracks to the waterfalls and natural pools. The accomodation is in a old monastery.

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

If you want to see true Brazilian nature, take a bus to Barao de Cocais from Belo Horizonte and then a taxi to the sanctuary. The sanctuary dates back to 1770 - it is a wonderful place to stay breathing history in every polished wooden floorboard. Could feel like staying in a place described by Ecco in "The name of... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

There is a phase of increased visitation and offers a wonderful ride for a reasonable price. There can not take crowds and needs better management and care.

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