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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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Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-5pm

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Comfortable and religious atmosphere

The Caraça Natural Park with his sanctuary is a nice scenic area to visit. The trails are beautiful, relative easy and good signed. You will see a lot of birds, flowers, lizards... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Leo V
Ede, The Netherlands
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Ede, The Netherlands
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The Caraça Natural Park with his sanctuary is a nice scenic area to visit. The trails are beautiful, relative easy and good signed. You will see a lot of birds, flowers, lizards and with some luck also snakes. Beaches and waterfalls are worthwhile to visit. Lunch in the sanctuary is simple but the atmosphere is special, you have to buy... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We did this after a 2 week trip to the Pantanal and the cooler weather alone made it a nice place to visit. The birds, trails and wildlife made it very special. The accommodations and food are not luxurious, but this is a lovely place to visit. The food is very well made and fresh and the "make your own... More 

Thank Mick B
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank Aubrey E
Sao Paulo, SP
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142 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 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 via mobile

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

Thank Ana M
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169 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 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!

Thank Peter W
Poughkeepsie, New York
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146 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 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 

Thank Gypsgris
Cologne, Germany
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Thank Goldcontakt
Riga, Latvia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Mara S
Belo Horizonte, MG
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79 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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