Santuario do Caraca, Catas Altas

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Pack your bags and prepare for sanctuary at Santuario do Caraca, where you can rent a room at the boarding-school-turned-hostel and stay up after dark to watch the maned wolves wander into the courtyard. Every morning you'll awake to the mist sneaking away from peaks that push themselves free from the jungle mountains. At the center of the reserve you'll find a cathedral tower looming above the protected grounds. The tower is anything by sinister; in fact,  the local Padre (father, or priest) greets you with a smile and leads you into the cathedral's rustic interior. No pomp and circumstance here, only simple arches that don't compete with the natural beauty surrounding the location. Hiking trails around the cathedral and the old boarding school give you access to a diverse flora and fauna, you may even see an armadillo or get engulfed by a barrage of butterflies. Plan your Santuario do Caraca visit and explore what else you can see and do in Catas Altas using our Catas Altas tour itinerary tool.
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  • If you are in Minas Gerais, I can absolutely recommend to visit the sanctuary of Caraça. We stayed here three nights and enjoyed every moment of it. It’s such a serene place with very friendly staff.....  more »
  • We were fortunate in that on our first night, the wolf showed up at 11.15pm and stayed till 11.45pm about 4 ft in front of us. Everyone else had gone to bed do it was an exceptional experience. On...  more »
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  • I love this place so much, there are no words to express it! Caraça carries so much history and makes you connect with nature and with yourself. The treks are beautiful and accessible, the grounds are quiet and peaceful, the food is delicious, the staff and priests are lovely. Amazing place!
  • Amazing place in the middle of the nature. Very quiet, perfect for a short stay. You'll enjoy the most of the park from there. Diner / Lunch and Breakfast are very good (served in the old monk's rooms)
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