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Santuario do Caraça Mountain Retreat

3 Nights

This tour of Santuario do Caraça takes you to a religious refuge nestling in the mountains of Minas Gerais. A few days of relaxation and contemplation can be supplemented with hikes through the cerrado bushlands, Atlantic Rainforest and even up the mountains. Wildlife observation includes abundant birdlife, the famous visits by the local maned wolves, and even a tapir!

This tour of Santuario do Caraça takes you to a religious refuge nestling in the mountains of Minas Gerais. A few days of relaxation and contemplation can be supplemented with hikes through the cerrado bushlands, Atlantic Rainforest and even up the mountains. Wildlife observation includes abundant birdlife, the famous visits by the local maned wolves, and even a tapir!

Combines With: All parts of Minas Gerais State, including Belo Horzionte, Ouro Preto and Tiradentes; also national parks in the state such Serra do Cipo, Serra do Canastro and Ibitipoca for outdoor activities.

Best Time to Visit: This tour can be taken all year round with December to February being the hottest, most humid and busiest months, but also with more rainfall. Minas Gerais is generally clear and sunny from March to July.


  • Destinations: Ouro Preto - Tiradentes - Belo Horizonte & Minas Gerais
  • Duration: 3 Nights
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Minas Gerais the Quick Way
Belo Horizonte to Tiradentes
Your journey into the interior of Minas Gerais begins in Belo Horizonte, with a little detour making it longer than the regular 200km in order to visit the largest contemporary art and sculpture park in South America! Inhotim lies 60km from the city, close to Brumadinho, and is a park full of modern art installations and sculptures, all set in lush botanical gardens filled with Atlantic Rainforest and Cerrado species, and with butterflies and birds as colourful as the artwork. After the middle of the day to browse the park, you continue to Tiradentes in the shadow of the Serra de Sao Jose range. Evening is free to enjoy the town.
Day 2 : The Old Gold Trail to Ouro Preto
Tiradentes to Ouro Preto
If Tiradentes is the most charming mountain town of Minas Gerais, Ouro Preto is perhaps the most spectacular. The journey between them takes two hours by road across Minas, with a stop in the more modern town of Congonhas, which contains the most famous sacred art in Brazil - The Prophets sculptures by Aleijadinho. Ouro Preto clings to the hillsides with mountain views over red-tiled roofs and baroque churches. Colourful houses climb up the cobbled streets to Praça Tiradentes with its grand buildings. Close to town are the Minas da Passagem, a gold mine that takes tourists below ground for a feel of harsh mining conditions.
Day 3 : Churches & Sanctuaries
Ouro Preto to Santuario do Caraça
A morning walking the cobbled streets is as breathtaking as Ouro Preto itself, and visits to colonial churches and the town museums are essential to see the opulence of the era, and the work of sculptor Aleijadinho. After lunch you begin the journey around the hills to the hidden Santuario do Caraça. Trails leading in either direction away from the Sanctuary take you through a mix of vegetation - Atlantic Rainforest close to the rivers, and Cerrado bush vegetation - to waterfalls such as Cascatinha. After dinner and mass, every night the priest calls the local maned wolf to come and eat on the church steps...
Day 4 : Final Views of Minas Gerais
Santuario do Caraça to Belo Horizonte & Away
You have the morning free to explore the trails around the sanctuary and visit a waterfall or two along the way. After lunch you begin the journey to Sabara, 25km from Belo Horizonte. The first historical town of Minas Gerais that you will visit has well preserved baroque churches such as NS (Nossa Senhora) do Rosario dos Pretos; do Carmo; and do Ó! There is also a Gold Museum in the town. You continue on to the airport in Belo Horizonte, from where you fly away from Minas Gerais. This short tour of Brazil\\\'s most fascinating interior state can also be combined with any of our other wonderful destinations across the country.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 350 US$ 375 US$ 550 US$ 575
Domestic Flights ** N/A


Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Ouro Preto
Tiradentes
Belo Horizonte & Minas Gerais

 

* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

All Year Round